The Sacramento Bee editorial board posted this photo on their Facebook page showing their new staff cartoonist, Jack Ohman, on the front of newspaper boxes around town. Ohman left the Oregonian last year and started at the Bee last week, where he is continuing to do five editorial cartoons a week and a larger Sunday comic that combines opinion, observation, memoir, and journalism. They even shot a little video of his first day on the job. (“This is the first time I’ve had a first day at a job since October 24th, 1983.”) In the age where a staff hire is exceedingly rare – about once every five years or so now – it’s nice to see the outlets that go for it really feature their cartoonists prominently. They get it. More of this, please.
A good metaphor can go a long way, but there are certain cartoonists – too many to name, really – that constantly rely on slapping labels like “Debt” and “Economy” on old tropes like sinking ships, cars going over cliffs, and flood waters. This comic is a continuation of criticism I began in last year’s Hack Attack, based on cartoonists he draw the same “it’s cold so global warming isn’t real” cartoon every Winter.