Thursday, August 06, 2009

Post on Obama as Joker latest tempest in teapot

The August doldrums have struck, so a poster of President Obama overlayed with The Dark Knight's Joker's makeup has become 'news. If you're interested, see "Obama as The Joker: Racial Fear's Ugly Face; 'Political' Poster Turns On Violent Symbolism," By Philip Kennicott, Washington Post Staff Writer, Thursday, August 6, 2009 and the online discussion at "Impact of 'Socialist Joker'," Philip Kennicott, Washington Post Cultural Critic, Thursday, August 6, 2009.


Matt D. said...

"The Beat" had a long list of comments on this poster. Paul Pope had an exhaustive commentary that I didn't even really understand--it sounded exquisite, though!

Mike Rhode said...

I saw Pope speak at Ohio State's triannual convention a couple of years ago, and he was so thoughtful and articulate that I instantly became a convert to his work and bought the Adhouse Books retrospective (which I highly recommend). I got the chance to chat with him in the hall, and he seems like a genuinely nice guy who loves comic art.

He's going to be doing some more work for Marvel - Tom Spurgeon's got the story at Comics Reporter.