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Say It Ain’t So

October 28, 2005 | 3 Comments

A truly shocking revelation in today’s edition of Editor & Publisher, America’s Oldest Journal Covering the Newspaper Industry:

Similar Themes in Many Rosa Parks Cartoons

Sometimes, editorial cartoonists take a predictably similar approach to a subject.

That was the case with cartoons paying tribute to civil rights legend Rosa Parks, who died Monday. Daryl Cagle’s blog ( posted 10 of these cartoons — all showing Parks boarding a bus to heaven and/or getting to sit in front of that heavenly bus.

“In the world of editorial cartooning, there exists no greater visual metaphor or device than the ‘Pearly Gates’ cartoon,” wrote Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune editorial cartoonist Mike Lester in a note posted with the cartoons. “Actually, it’s not an editorial cartoon at all. It’s a greeting card.”

Lester, who’s syndicated by Cagle Cartoons, added that the day Parks died he correctly predicted to his editor that many cartoonists would do drawings involving the “Pearly Gates,” a bus, and a quote that went something like: “Come on in, Rosa. We’ve got a seat right up front.”

Positively omniscient, that Lester guy. Just like Jean-Paul Fastidious. Of course, things have gotten easier to predict since they passed the new standards.


3 Responses to “Say It Ain’t So”

  1. Political News and Blog Aggregator
    October 29th, 2005 @ 7:17 pm

    In Montgomery, Crowds View Parks’ Body

    Hundreds of people slowly filed past the body of civil rights icon Rosa Parks on Saturday, just mile

  2. Me
    October 30th, 2005 @ 11:39 pm

    When the hell are you going to fix the forums?

  3. heresy shmeresy
    November 1st, 2005 @ 7:11 pm

    It’s been over 24 hours since I got my RA fix, and I’m going through Choobus withdrawal. Is the end of construction near?

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