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Political cartoons: dynamite or dinosaurs?

May 30, 2008 | 10:36 am

Daryl_cagle_is_amazing That's at the heart of the debate between widely published and wildly popular cartoonist Daryl Cagle and his neighbor in Woodland Hills, educator and political cartoon expert Bob Scheibel. Who better than Bob Pool to get to the bottom of all this?

Scheibel contends that editorial cartoonists no longer have the free hand -- or the public clout -- that they enjoyed for more than 200 free-wheeling years.

Cagle counters that today's political cartoonists are doing the most significant work in the history of their barbed pen-and-ink profession.

Draw your own conclusions from Bob's full story.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times