3/18/12

Today's J. Post cartoon

tree of democracy iran lebanon hamas muslim brotherhood uncle sam i dont get it i take good care of this tree so why does it keep bearing bitter fruit srulik maybe it has something to do with the water supply fundamentalism radical islam
Democracy, alas, is not an absolute virtue, and neither is it a miracle cure-all. Granting democracy to people who are unprepared or unfamiliar with it will simply lead to backsliding into the bad old days, and neither will it guarantee that absolutely rotten leaders will rise to the fore via entirely (or mostly entirely) legal means.
This specific cartoon was inspired by the anti-Western bellicosity displayed by the Muslim Brotherhood in their new role as Egypt's official largest political party. The guy on the right is, of course, classic Israeli symbol Srulik, marking the first time I deliberately set out to draw him instead of just a character vaguely resembling him. A noticeable goof here is that the way the feet and tree roots are arranged plays havoc with perspective: they really out to be better aligned. Ah well. Lesson for the future. (On the plus side, I'm really pleased at how Uncle Sam turned out.)

Drawn using:
No. 2 pencil (sketch)
Black 0.4 mm pilot pen
Black 0.5 mm pilot pen
Serif PhotoPlus Starter Edition

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