DAN WASSERMAN’s powerful new cartoon, in response to the Boston bombings, was born of a subway ride.

“It came out of a subway ride back to the paper just before the bombs,” the Boston Globe editorial cartoonist tells Comic Riffs. “The subway car was full of marathon runners, young and old, some still in their running garb, others clutching their roses from the finish line.

“The riders applauded as they entered the cars,” Wasserman continues. “Conversations buzzed between runners and folks who would otherwise be in ‘subway solitary,’ keeping their eyes and thoughts to themselves. I was exultant at the spectacle of all this civic energy, a great moment for Boston.”

Then, everything changed.

“I left the T at my stop, walked to the Globe, and saw the news” about the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and wounded at least 170. “I felt sick, stricken.

“The cartoon drew itself.”


Dan Wasserman drew this cartoon shortly after the bombing tragedy. (courtesy of DAN WASSERMAN / Boston Globe /.)