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  • By Martin Newman
    Jan 29, 2017
    From the Arkansas Times, Sept. 2001: If you can find a copy of this, it is well worth your while The art of political cartooning is surely as old as newspapers themselves. Over the years we have all had our favorites, and those who are very definitely not our favorites. Some cartoonists, while good artists, never seem to have a good grasp of “the issues,” and there are others who only seem to have a vague notion of what actually constitutes a good cartoon. And some seem to be sharing an inside joke with a handful of others, and neglect to let others in on the secret. And all too many have no discernible sense of humor. Former Ozark Gazette cartoonist Martin Newman, I’m glad to report, suffers from none of the above mentioned faults. In fact, I consider Newman to be one the best political cartoonist in Arkansas. One OG reader compared him favorably to the legendary Herblock, which is high praise indeed. Newman, who had previously done only comic (non political) cartoons, came to the OG... More > in 1998, and hit the ground running. From the very first, his work had been right on target, and some years ago Newman collected the first several years of his work in a volume - Opinions are Like . . . Editorial Cartoons 1998-1999 (Blackberry Art Publishing). Looking through these pages is like re-living some of the most tumultuous years of life in Northwest Arkansas. Though Newman has often drawn cartoons lampooning events on the national and international scene, my personal favorites are those which skewer the happenings in our own area. From the battle over the Human Dignity Resolution to the Bakery Feeds uproar to the City of Character fiasco, and the increasing gentrification of Dickson Street, Newman had his eye on them all. In the beginning, his cartoons were in a format known as “The History of . . .” and giving a sort of comic historic overview of certain subjects. After a time, he found this format to be too constricting, so he ended it in favor the more standard editorial cartoon, which have run ever since. Opinions are Like . . . can be great fun, as many of the cartoons still have the power to make us laugh out loud, as well as provoke some serious thought. And with the passage of time, some of his work seems absolutely prophetic. Martin Newman (who is also a talented artist) has a piercing gaze which has helped to make matters clearer for many of his fans. You could do a lot worse than getting your hands on this little book. ****< Less
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Second Edition
Blackberry Art Publishing
June 26, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.51 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
7.44 wide x 9.68 tall
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