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Monday, April 02, 2007
Drawing on '300'
Did you see "300"? Three of our I-Report cartoonists did -- and they each offered their own unique take on the film in this week's installment of "Drawing on." (Check out the earlier rounds here: U.S. attorneys, Gas prices, Walter Reed, Academy Awards, Iran and Iraq, Anna Nicole Smith.)

Scroll down to see them all, then let us know which one you like best -- and why -- by posting a comment. Better yet, send your own cartoon response.

Dean Turnbloom Take 1: 'Good old days'
From cartoonist Dean Turnbloom
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Brixton Doyle Take 2: '43'
From cartoonist Brixton Doyle
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Jim Brenneman Take 3: 'The decline'
From cartoonist Jim Brenneman
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OK, now we want to hear from you. Tell us which cartoon is best by sending a comment, or better yet, pick up your pen and draw your own take on this week's topic.
Once again, Doyle's got it just right.
Brenneman is unfortunately too accurate in his depiction. I don't even want to think about how many kids went to see that movie with or without parents who are totally unconcerned. 300 may have been fun for adults (at the university I attend, most who saw it have described it as "the ultimate in blood, gore, t & a") but I shudder to think how many teens, tweens and children managed to slip in to see it one way or another.
Take 1 has a typically American-Let's forget history-slant. While the persians were "bloodthirsty, cruel, evil maniacal monsters" So were we, and not so long ago.

Take 2 deftly makes a connection to our current situation and the sacrifices being asked of our soldiers.

Take 3 opens a plethora of questions from the lack of parental oversight this country seems to delight in, to violence in our enternment affecting our kids. Nice job.
Mike,

You never fail to amaze me...let's not forget to blame America first!! even when the movie that's the subject of the cartoons has nothing to do with America...nice job showing your true colors.
To continue commenting on NY Michael's comments....

Take 2 leftly makes a connection...

...and once again in your comment on Take 3, you seem to relish bashing the country that gives you the privelege of living a life where you are free to do it...perhaps it would be better if the kids were middle-eastern practicing strapping on suicide-bomb belts !!
Chuck,

I didn't make the connection to the modern world, the artist did. I make the connection to America because we seem to think it's okay to bash everyone else and take no responsibility for our actions. We don't live in a vacuum. Perhaps that's why we, as a country, are now hated around the world.

If you can't see the similarities between the war-mongers of the past and those of the present, I feel sorry for you.

As for take 3, I wrote "Nice Job" because I agreed with him. It's good to question.

Chuck, it is only through questioning and reevaluating that we can grow and improve ourselves. without that what's the point of living? Just to take up space?
For Mike,

Kumbaya, my lord...Kumbaya....
It is still interesting to see that those who watched the movie still don't understand how the fictional story was told in the movie.
Take 1: Michael summed it up. At least it was accurate having a Spartan as the cartoon character expressing the portrayal of the Persians. Hence, the perspective of how the fictional movie was told.
Take 2: Good connection
Take 3: The thought of children watching movies aimed for adults is a little scary. But what is the decline of western civilization? A bunch of children with imaginations playing in a park? It is no different than the way our grandparents played at that age. Also, more movie theatres are enforcing the rating system now, so hopefully other movie theatres will follow. I don't see this as a being too big of a problem in the future. But a good point is made that some parents are allowing their children to see adult aimed movies.
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