We asked GateHouse cartoonists Dave Granlund, Chris Britt, O’Mahoney, Joe Liccar and Bob Conroy to pick their favorite editorial cartoons they created this year. Each cartoonist commented that they received a lot of feedback on the cartoons they picked, and they also personally loved what they drew. Here is what they picked and what they had to say about them.

We asked GateHouse cartoonists Dave Granlund, Chris Britt, O’Mahoney, Joe Liccar and Bob Conroy to pick their favorite editorial cartoons they created this year. Each cartoonist commented that they received a lot of feedback on the cartoons they picked, and they also personally loved what they drew. Here is what they picked and what they had to say about them.


 


Cartoonist: Dave Granlund


Affiliation: GateHouse News Service


Cartoon: Japan earthquake, tsunami and radiation


Cartoonist’s comments: Of the 300 or so editorial cartoons I've drawn during 2011, I have no real "favorite" for the whole year, but the topic of Japan's destruction from the earthquake, tsunami and later nuclear radiation leak was one of the biggest news stories to comment on. It all seemed so surreal watching it unfold on TV. The images of it rekindled early childhood memories and nightmares. As a youngster, I remember watching many science fiction movies about giant fire-breathing monsters attacking Japanese cities and the people trying to escape. So Godzilla and dragons obviously came to mind when I was thinking of a concept. The forces of terror and destruction upon Japan - the quake, tsunami and radiation gave me a three-headed dragon illustration. Science fiction come true.


See more: http://www.davegranlund.com/cartoons/


 


Cartoonist: Chris Britt


Affiliation: State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.


Cartoons: Poverty, Cain and Blago (he picked three since it was so difficult to narrow it down to one).


Cartoonist’s comments:  Poverty - This cartoon captures the fear and anxiety that has gripped this country. Cain - The godfather of love gets what is coming to him. Blago - Rod and his hair get sent to the big house.


See more: http://www.sj-r.com/cartoon


 


Cartoonist: O’Mahoney


Affiliation: The Patriot Ledger


Cartoon: The Hangover II


Cartoonist’s comments: Just when you think you have seen it all, the GOP shows it to you again. Same plot, same cast. The only change is the price of the ticket. The silver lining for me is that it the GOP is bringing back a few of my favorite characters to draw. It's a pity that Richard Nixon isn’t around for re-election.


See more: http://www.patriotledger.com/omahoney


 


Cartoonist: Joe Liccar


Affiliation: The Examiner, Independence, Mo.


Cartoon: Narcissus


Cartoonist’s comments: I like this cartoon, as there are a couple meanings/jokes in it. Facebook users spend a lot of time - just as Narcissus fell in love with his reflection of his face in a pool of water (the first facebook) - looking at their reflections. Also this illustrates Freud's concept of narcissistic tendencies. Being on Facebook is all about oneself.


See more: http://www.examiner.net/community/blog/joe_liccar


 


Cartoonist: Bob Conroy


Affiliation: GHNS


Cartoon: New Year’s advice


Cartoonist’s comments: I like this cartoon because I find it almost prophetic. The year 2010 wasn't a great year by any stretch, and despite some cautious optimism I think that most people knew in their hearts that 2011 wasn't going to be a whole lot better. In the illustration the older character representing 2010 tries to warn the younger 2011 that more trouble is coming. I took a bit of a gamble that in stating that 2011 would be a continued global disappointment. Also, I got a considerable amount of feedback from states across the country, mostly stating how well arranged they thought the concept was put. It seemed nobody commenting had any great expectations for 2011, but they seemed to enjoy the humorous and unexpected way my idea was presented.