And a child shall lampoon them.
As a former teen political cartoonist at a newspaper myself, I can’t help but appreciate what compels Joao Montanaro to skewer the powerful at the ripe age of 14. Montanaro may be a spindly adolescent, but he wields enough editorial muscle with his pen and his perch to merit notice.
Montanaro — who signs his work simply “Joao M.” — is a fresh-faced ninth-grader who has freshly joined the “stable of irreverent cartoonists” at Folha de Sao Paulo, the 90-year-old broadsheet that is Brazil’s biggest daily newspaper, reports my Post colleague Juan Forero from Brazil.
Montanaro, who at age 12 drew for the children’s version of the newspaper, now draws for the big paper’s Saturday editorial page.
The teen cartoonist tells Forero: “I make comics, cartoons, comics strip, too, and I like political cartoons. You can joke about somebody bigger than you, and I like this.”
I don’t know a political cartoonist in the world who can’t relate to that sentiment.