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Paul Conrad, RIP

Conrad's cartoons were ideologically predictable (save an occasional pro-life one) but often clever and memorable nonetheless.  (Then-Governor Brown as "Lord of the [fruit] Flies.")  By comparison, leftists like the WaPo's Tom Toles are insufferable and a sign as obnoxious as Dana Milbank of why the paper is not respected.  Michael Ramirez is top of the 'toon craft today, and I like Sam Ryskind as well. 
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"Michael Ramirez is top of the 'toon craft today..."

Perhaps that's true if the field of competition is narrowed to the cartoon offerings of Investor's Business Daily and reruns of Family Circus. And if one can shrug off such things as his despicable Iranians-as-cockroaches cartoon (Where did he learn his craft, anyway - Nazi Art School, Berlin, 1940?) Otherwise, no.

In both quality of the illustrations and complexity of ideas presented, Matt Wuerker blows Ramirez away:
http://www.politico.com/wuerker/index-drawings.html

(His existence at Politico has the same feel that Thomas Frank writing at the WSJ did)

And if we expand the contestants to include animation, then Mark Fiore is first-rate, too:

http://www.markfiore.com/clapper_0

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