Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Food Cartoons: A Continuing Art Genre

This writer's all-time favorite food cartoon, from the New Yorker magazine [date uncertain]:

The Back Story: In 2003, one of France's most celebrated chefs apparently committed suicide after his flagship restaurant was downgraded in a top restaurant guide.

Black humor is always based on sad, even grisly events. "Dean" Jonathan Swift, of course, was the master and W. C.Fields kept up the pace ("I love children, but I can't eat a whole one").
This cartoon fits into that category. Andy Warhol's car crash or tuna poisoning works r parallel.

Chef 'suicide' after critics' attack

Bernard Loiseau
Loiseau was regarded as one of France's greatest chefs
One of France's most celebrated chefs has apparently committed suicide after his flagship restaurant was downgraded in a top restaurant guide.

Bernard Loiseau was found dead at his country home, a hunting rifle by his side.

His death came a week after the renowned GaultMillau restaurant guide cut its rating for his Cote d'Or restaurant in Burgundy.

"The Lean Holiday Season Adjustment" (2008). All that's left in Santa's store - "Today's Special: ground vixen,"
Non-Sequitor is a daily cartoon drawn by Wily Miller, born in Burbank, California, 1951. His work is among the most cerebral of cartoons.

"Yucky gravy. Gross buttery mashed potatoes. I hate fat and cholesterol" from Laffs by Marcel. [Website note: Welcome to the Brand page for “LAFFS BY MARCEL”, which is offered here for Stationery products, greeting cards, holiday cards and christmas cards. Its status is currently believed to be dead. Its class is “Paper goods and printed matter”. LAFFS BY MARCEL is believed to have no current owner.]

This wry photo and caption from a post card is probably noteworthy and of historical interest because of its apparent rarity.

Mother Goose & Grimm by Mike Peters (July 12, 2011). Author of Grimmy: Cats and Pancakes Stick to the Ceiling (1999) and other books including The Ultimate Mother Goose and Grimm: 20th Anniversary Collection (2006). His cartoon has been syndicated since 1984. Peters has lectured broadly and been honored with many citations and prizes. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981 The University of Dayton awarded Mike with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree in 1998 and he was inducted into the Sigma Chi Hall of Fame in June, 2005. One could say that Peters and I are colleagues because we both saw military duty as Psy Ops specialists, he in World War II, 1940s, and I in Bavaria, 1957.

"Your kind will be dealt with in time."
[November 1992 from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.]
Arlo N' Janis by Jimmy Johnson related a popular theme in the early 1990s - yuppy couples who had acquired a fondness for President Bill Clinton and the habits which made him colorful. Arlo's closing remark is drawn from sinister words from totalitarian societies who repressed freedom of choice.

Johnson (born 1956) graduated Auburn Univesity in 1974. As a Mississippi editorial cartoonist, Johnson won the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Award. From 1985 to the present, Johnson has drawn Arlo and Janis for national syndication by NEA since the mid-1980s.

Wiley's Non-Sequiture
September 9, 2011 "Lunch Hour in the Pundit District [Usual Specials: Simplisisc Econpomic Theories ,Smarm au Jus]"

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