Time flies when you’re having fun! Believe it or not, this year marks my 25th anniversary as an editorial cartoonist. In the fall I will be coming out with a collection of my best cartoons from the last two and a half decades. Stay tuned to my blog for details.
As part of my new blog, once a week I will be highlighting cartoons I drew on the same day and month in another year. The first cartoon is one I drew on this same day, April 23rd, in 1995. It was a few days after the Oklahoma City bombing. I was trying to find a way to illustrate the shock and horror Americans were experiencing knowing that terrorism had come to the heartland. When I think “middle America,” I think of Grant Wood’s famous painting called American Gothic.
At first I was just going to draw the couple crying, but that seemed too sedate. Since I was already using an art metaphor, it was a natural next step to combine American Gothic with Edward Munch’s The Scream. The drawing was more difficult to pull off than I expected. I had to carefully balance both images while keeping each one recognizable. In the end, I was happy with the result.