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Doug Marlette's Ronald ReaganI was shocked to learn this morning that editorial cartoonist Doug Marlette died yesterday in a car crash. I've never really read his stuff in the paper, but when I was 12, I got his book, In Your Face, for Christmas. His material was fairly liberal, by Indiana standards, so I imagine that's why we didn't see much of it reprinted in the local newspapers. In my naive youth, it took me quite a few reads to realize that this guy actually found some fault with Ronald Reagan! But... everybody loves Ronald Reagan! In Indiana, Ronald Reagan is not meant for spoofing!

In many ways, I owe what caricaturing skills I have to Marlette. I don't quite render people in the same way he does, but I can see his influences, however small, in what I do. ...and expecially in my Reagan. My Reagan definitely has that "cheerful obliviousness" that Marlette pointed out to my adolescent self.

Doug Marlette is not someone I'd usually put on a list of influences, when someone asks and streams of people run through my head, and I think that's somewhat of a shame. His mark on my life was stealthy, but important. He did fantastic work, and it sucks that he had to be taken from the world in such a violent fashion.
Tags: reagan, syndicated comics
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