To continue the " GOOD-BAD " discussion where Mr. Mankoff in the You Tube interview defended the inferior drawings the New Yorker buys and publishes on a regular basis, it can get pretty dicey when one starts to discuss good vs. bad, good vs. evil, etc. . . You can end up in a philosophical dialogue and ending up where you started. You get into context, etc.
Then there is the whole new meaning for "BAD " . . BAD is GOOD, now. Like, " Man, that dude plays a BAD trumpet ! " Meaning, to the unhip " Man, that dude plays a GOOD trumpet ! "
Question for Mr. Mankoff: Which is "better" . . " A BAD GOOD CARTOONIST "
or a " GOOD BAD CARTOONIST ? "
Why settle for either ? THEY ARE BOTH NO GOOD.
What would Satan do ?
If it is "OKAY" to publish GREAT GAGS OR GREAT WRITING ALONG WITH INFERIOR ART, ( Like The New Yorker continues to do )
THEN, SOMEONE TELL ME, WHY IN THE LIVING HELL DID UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE HIRE SOMEONE ELSE TO CONTINUE " DOONESBURY ", which started out with inferior drawing. The answer is simple, DOONESBURY was so uniquely and masterfully written that they KNEW it would be even GREATER if it was drawn "better". The secret was to draw DOONESBURY like TRUDEAU WISHED HE COULD DRAW DOONESBURY OR THE WAY DOONESBURY WOULD LOOK LIKE IF TRUDEAU COULD DRAW BETTER.
The same with BOONDOCKS AND GARFIELD. AND MUCH OF THE COVERS OF THE BOOKS FOR EVEN "THE FAR SIDE" WERE DONE BY ARTISTS THAT COULD DRAW LIKE THE ORIGINATORS "WISHED" THEY COULD DO.
IN OTHER WORDS, There are cartoonists out there that can draw MANKOFF'S STYLE" even BETTER than MANKOFF. The same with SIPRESS and SMALLER and the list is almost endless. I don't think Trudeau or Magruder got their feelings hurt or INSISTED they MUST draw their own material.
IT'S A NO-BRAINER TO REALIZE THAT THERE IS TALENT OUT THERE THAT CAN DO WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO AND DO IT BETTER THAN YOU WILL EVER DO, AT WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO.
SOMEONE REMINDED ME YESTERDAY, THAT IN AFGHANISTAN, THERE IS SUCH A THING AS GOOD BAD GUYS and just plain BAD GUYS.
The BAD GUYS are the hardened Al Queda/hardened Taliban who are trying to kill you all the time.
Then you have the GOOD BAD GUYS. These are BAD GUYS, but these guys give you information on the other bad guys, and by cooperating with us, after an exchange of money , that makes them GOOD BAD GUYS.
THIS I UNDERSTAND, IT MAKES SENSE, ( I think ).
BUT, A GOOD BAD CARTOONIST ? ( I DON"T KNOW , SOUNDS LIKE THERE IS SOMETHING ROTTEN IN DENMARK )
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