Friday, November 29, 2013

"I’m sure not going to alter my drawing style for $0.00 money."

"Daily Kos is a major liberal/Democratic Party blog. About a year ago, the blog began running cartoons. To their credit, they paid a modest fee for them. Many alternative political cartoonists were invited; I was not."
At the time, the owner of the blog mentioned as an aside that I would be welcome, like anyone else, to post to Daily Kos. A few weeks ago, I decided to take him up on that.

Why did I post there for free? To access readers, many of whom would enjoy my work if they saw it. It was an experiment.

The experiment ended yesterday. When I went to log on, I received the above message. I clicked the acknowledgement.

Which marks the end of my experiment posting to Daily Kos. I might consider altering the way I draw a political figure for a paying client. A very high-paying client. Someone who employed me full-time.
Ted Rall, BloggingHeads

19 comments:

bagoh20 said...

I assume he simply captured the ears accurately. I can see how that might be misconstrupilated.

Lem said...

It is seldom, if ever, that you hear a political commentator admit that monetary considerations plays enough of an important role to affect their advocacy footprint.

I admire the honesty.

Revenant said...

Given Ted Rall's record of self-involved jackassery, I'm tempted to assume DailyKos is in the right here.

Lem said...

It could be that TR was well aware that he would be getting attention for his style of drawing Obama and in the end "the experiment" meant a win - win proposition for him.

It's the nature of publicity.

For myself, I guess if enough people have a problem with his depiction of Obama then there must be something to it?

We live by polls.

OTOH, that, is no way to live.

Unknown said...

I take this to mean Ted Rall went against the leftist orthodoxy commandment #1: Thou shalt not criticize Obama or any democrat, no matter what.

Ted's Obama cartoon looks a bit ape-ish. So what? Ted's other characters look equally hideous.
What's funny is the
schadenfreude.

test said...

Revenant said...
Given Ted Rall's record of self-involved jackassery, I'm tempted to assume DailyKos is in the right here.


It's pretty much a given they're both wrong.

I'm Full of Soup said...

I find it satisfying that a librul darling like Ted Rall can't find a good paying job. Does this make me a bad person?

JAL said...

The character is typical Rall. The character has darker skin.
Duh.

The issue is Rall (surprisingly) criticized The W0n.

On DK that is not OK.

I'm Full of Soup said...

The depiction is very ape-like - is that Rall's standard rendering of Obama?

If not, why did he portray him that way?

Lem said...

The thing that caught my attention on the warning to TR was that the problem they had with his cartoon was because of the history of the use of that depiction.

Do we have other examples like that, where the historical use/misuse of something consigns future generations to carry that burden?

It seems onerous.

XRay said...

As do others I see no difference from his other equally crappy art work. KOS just needed an excuse for TR's out of character criticism of the one. I've never seen his 'work' in other than the throwaway 'weeklies'. I don't envision that changing.

XRay said...

It all is onerous, Lem. It will get worse. Until Chip's vocabulary test example consists of only a few words.

Birches said...

He draws all of his people ape-like. I did a google image search expecting to see something truly offensive (like this.
and was completely underwhelmed when I saw his actual Obama.

(Oops. Wrong President.)

edutcher said...

He's a creep anyway.

Nice to see the Lefties fighting among themselves.

Lem said...

Until Chip's vocabulary test example consists of only a few words.

That was a great find.

Lem said...

So was RH's book suggestion. which you may buy using our Amazon portal at no additional cost to you... to paraphrase a familiar voice.

AllenS said...

Seems to me that Bush looked like an ape also in his drawings.

But then Bush wasn't a colored guy.

Synova said...

Ted Rall has drawn many many racist cartoons that were nationally published... only they were pictures of Condi Rice.

Somehow, the only people getting upset at his passing those unpassable lines back then were Republicans.

Now that he doesn't have the "right" all mad at his transgressions, it could be that he misses the fame.

Synova said...

Wait... that was the "monkey" picture of Obama?

Seems to me he drew Obama with vaguely "African" features, which Obama doesn't *have*... I didn't think it looked like Obama, but somehow I don't see "monkey" there at all.