The Gary Valvers Cartoon

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The press are saying, "Nuclear energy," "Libya," Japan," Iran," Energy policy," "gas price," " budget cuts," and then on the right has the president with a big smiles, his caption stating, "Here's what you've all been waiting for...My NCAA picks." The Indianapolis cartoonist, Gary Varvel is the man behind the cartoon. He is known for many publications, and awards, most recent was the 2010 Grambs Aronson Award for cartooning with a conscience according to an interview by Alan Gardener (1). According to groupcartoonist.com (2), Varvel was born and raised in Indianapolis in 1957, and quickly started his comic drawing lifestyle. Shortly getting chosen to draw for the "school newspaper and soon after became a sports editor, then got the big job at the Indianapolis star and later won second place in the national of the Best Gannett in editorial cartooning and winning ten times in a row Valver wont the Indiana Society of professional journalists' award (2)," and his career sky rocketed from there. He is married to wife Carol and has three kids (2).

The familiar scene is the President Obama and the press and as usual they have questions and concerns. The cartoon is setup with the president behind the podium in the front of a room with a group of press. The press have captions commenting on the different current events, like "Libya," and "Japan," then it shows a very happy and proud President Obama with his bracket set up and filled out with the march madness college basketball teams saying, "Here's what you've all been waiting for...My NCAA picks." The important person is president Obama, and there is the American flag in behind the President.

Gary uses humor, caricature, and speech balloons in his comic. Humor by addressing the sit...

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...ues at hand we get angered. That is not to say I do not think he deserves time off, or a break, because I strongly believe that it is so stressful and the only way to get through it would to have some fun, but there should be a bit more focus on getting things done before so much play.

Works Cited

http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/gary_varvel_wins_cartooning_with_a_conscience_award/

http://www.cartoonistgroup.com/properties/template_about.php?id=152 http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/japan/index.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42106967/ns/politics-white_house/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35421517/ns/business-oil_and_energy/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42106967/ns/politics-white_house/

http://www.digtriad.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=154266

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/13/barack-obama-cuts-us-budget

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