Stephen Kroninger
January 2009
Wall Street Journal: Color This Area of the Law Gray
Wall Street Journal: Daniel Grant: "Beauty, it is often said, is in the eye of the beholder, and so might be copyright infringement. Artist Richard Prince never denied that he made use of some photographic images he found in a 2000 book by Patrick Cariou called "Yes Rasta," documenting the community of Rastafarians the French photographer encountered in the mountains of Jamaica, for collage paintings that were exhibited last fall at New York's Gagosian Gallery and reproduced in a book published by Rizzoli. The question is whether Mr. Prince's use of these images was "transformative" -- borrowing in the process of creating something entirely new -- or just stealing. A lawsuit filed by Mr. Cariou in New York District Court in late December against the appropriationist Mr. Prince -- as such artists are known -- likely will be one more front in the battle over what constitutes copyright infringement in these days of "sampling" and point-and-click downloading."
Recent Pieces for Joe Klein's IN THE ARENA column for TIME
"Bush's sanctioning of torture was his most callous, despicable act. It should be his lasting legacy."
"The Force Is With Obama's Yoda: Why Obama Turns To Brent Scowcroft, the forieign policy wise man Bush the Younger ingnored."
 "Bush's Last Days: The Lamest Duck."
 "The Obama Surge: Will it last? Will Obama's stimulus package work?"
"THAT'S ME GROUCHO" Cocktail Napkins 1954
 These are cocktail napkins from 1954 featuring the cartoon likeness of the man TIME magazine dubbed "King Leer", Groucho Marx. The humor, if one can call it that, is of the "nod,nod, wink, wink" variety. The kind of stuff that apparently convulsed our Dad and Granddads. It's a safe bet that George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, S.J. Perelman, Arthur Sheekman Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby had no hand in writing these. You might want to add Groucho himself to that list. 
DeSoto was a sponsor for Groucho's  tv quiz show "You Bet Your Life."
"THAT'S ME GROUCHO" Sip'n Snack Napkins 1955
This was the second and, to my knowledge, final series of Groucho paper napkins. I was inspired to post these sets after seeing the wonderful collection at the Cocktail Napkin Museum. What Will You Miss About Bush? Top Cartoonists Tell Us
This piece was originally posted over at the Washington COMIC RIFFS: Michael Cavna Draws the Funnies. If you want to write a comment it's probably best to leave it over on the Post's website.
What Will You Miss About Bush? Top Cartoonists Tell Us
With Inauguration Day almost upon us, and President Bush moseying slowly toward the Crawford sunset, Comic Riffs posed one simple question to a dozen of the nation's leading political cartoonists:
"What will you most miss about President George W. Bush?"
And then we quickly clarified with the qualifier: "Not as a voter, a U.S. resident or a member of our fair and noble republic, but strictly as a CARTOONIST." Herewith, their replies, which range from heartfelt to hilarious. --M.C. 
MATT WUERKER ( I'm going to miss having a president like Bush who writes all his own political cartoons.
STEVE BREEN (The San Diego Union-Tribune) The confidence and swagger. We love to hit people in power but especially prideful people in power. I'll also miss the squinty eyes.
RUBEN BOLLING ("Tom the Dancing Bug") Even as a cartoonist, I'll miss absolutely nothing about Bush. After you've mocked his bad policies, you can mock his sticking with bad policies despite bad results, and then you can mock the enormity of the bad results, and finally you can mock your own inability to keep up the mockery despite the consistently enormous bad results. But then you've got seven more years of his administration, and it can get repetitive. I'm looking forward to a new president with new, more mockable mistakes.
MIKE PETERS (Dayton Daily News) I'll miss turning on my classical music every time his face would appear on the screen. ... What a nightmare he's been for our country -- and what a joy he's been for cartoonists.
TED RALL (Universal Press Syndicate) Bush was the first president I felt that I understood intuitively. Perhaps it's because I first familiarized myself with the notorious dictators of Central Asia [Rall has reported from Afghanistan], or maybe because I went to an Ivy League school full of underqualified imposters, but I felt like I got his essence. I developed him into an icon, Generalissimo El Busho, that just seemed to work for everything he did, from the wiretapping to the wars to the torture. There were many days when I could have drawn three or four cartoons a day because he had so much going on. Also, he blessed cartoonists with an amazing cabinet that constituted a great cast of supporting characters, a real rogue's gallery with figures you just can't forget. Who remembers Bill Clinton's Defense Secretary now? But Don Rumsfeld -- wow! Janet Reno was interesting, but she was no Alberto Gonzales.
ANN TELNAES ( and His Vice President.
MATT DAVIES (The Journal News [N.Y.]) What will I miss professionally about W? I think mostly I will miss the fall-back nature of his Presidency. One of the scariest aspects of being a political cartoonist is the prospect of wandering bleary-eyed into the office on a Monday morning and having nothing to sink your teeth into. With President Bush one could always count on a reliably healthy trickle of mind-bogglingly outrageous and cartoonworthy behaviors: The a la carte approach to the U.S. Constitution, ideological distortions passed off as sensible policy, the dismissal of science in favor of religio-political theory, environmentally destructive directives with deliberately cynical and misleading titles, wars of our choosing, tax cuts for only very, very, very rich people who gave money to the GOP, blatant politicization of horrific national tragedies, Gitmo, the careful loosening of financial regulatory standards, the attempt to dismantle our social safety net, the propensity to link pretty much everything in the pre-existing neo-con playbook to "the war on terror," the childish need to label those with alternate points of view as unpatriotic, the swaggering certainty of having God "on his side", and a total disregard for the 51percent who didn't vote for him in the 2000 election. Oh, and I'll miss his boyish smirk. I will forever be grateful to the man, as, to be fair, I owe my Pulitzer to all of the above.
JEN SORENSON (Slowpoke Comics) To be honest, I'm pretty burned out on Bush jokes, so I won't miss him from a professional standpoint. I suppose I did enjoy having my character Mr. Perkins play him from time to time.
MASHEKA WOOD I'll miss drawing Bush's beady little eyes, pointy lip and his "Dude! Who Farted?!" smirk. However, the 'Bush is dumb' jokes have been played out for years. Let's bring in some new blood to rake over the coals.
JIMMY MARGULIES (The Record [N.J.]) Bush is to cartoon material what Saudi Arabia is to oil -- -a nearly inexhaustible supply. Both for what I have seen are the wrong policies, as well as his ineptitude in carrying them out. Add to that mix his verbal gaffes, less than stellar intellect, and a face made for caricature. If political cartoonists had a hall of fame for public officials like they do for athletes, we would definitely retire Bush's number.
MIKHAELA REID (The Boiling Point) Hell, I wouldn't be a cartoonist without my deep abiding loathing for Bush -- I at least owe him that. I started out drawing editorial cartoons for my college paper in the wake of his wrongheaded response to 9/11 -- the rush to bomb Afghanistan, the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, color-coded alerts, etc. But it was more fun to skewer Bush when he had a high approval rating. Lately even conservative cartoonists have lost the love for the Decider, and now that he has almost no fans left, I don't bother drawing the poor guy much.
SIGNE WILKINSON (Philadelphia Daily News) Is he still president?
Claude Jeter, Gospel Singer With Wide Influence, Dies at 94
"The Rev. Claude Jeter, the founder of the gospel group the Swan Silvertones whose delicate yet potent falsetto had a wide influence on both pop and religious singers in the 1950s and ’60s, died on Tuesday in the Bronx. He was 94.
His fillips in songs like “Careless Soul” and “Saviour Pass Me Not” have been echoed by many singers, most notably Al Green and Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations. A line he sang in the Swan Silvertones’ 1962 song “Mary Don’t You Weep” — “I’ll be a bridge over deep water if you trust in my name” — inspired Paul Simon to write “Bridge Over Troubled Water." The New York Times: Ben Sisario: Claude Jeter, Gospel Singer With Wide Influence, Dies at 94

Mary Don't You Weep
Saviour Pass Me Not

Lord I've Tried
SOI Politics '08 review in Japan's ILLUSTRATION magazine
Walter Vasconcelos sent me this. A review of the Society of Illustrators POLITICS 08 Show curated by Edel Rodriguez in the current issue of ILLUSTRATION magazine.
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