Father’s Day Contest: The Winner!
By Anthony Freda
This image is poetic in its use of allusions. One recognizes Obama solely from the nape of his neck and his posture, and his protective arm is draped over a younger hooded figure. This is really good visual storytelling about a president who insists on the importance of fathers. The image refers to very specific people, but it’s phrased as a statement about every father’s desire to protect his children. I also saw in it a reference to this wall, a nice touch.
Father’s Day Contest: Runner-up # 1
By Nata Metlukh
We liked many things about this image: it’s New York specific, the baby at the center of this new father’s life isn’t shown, and the contrast between the slumped posture and the harsh lines of the steel is very elegant. Being asleep on the subway with your mouth open evokes the abandon of a baby and triggered our parental urge. We want to hug that guy.
Father’s Day Contest: Runner-Up #2
By Ella German
I’m grateful for this image. Ella German did a lovely Sendak wild thing gay marriage image last week - she clearly knows how to capture that “aww” moment.
Father’s Day Contest: Runner-Up #4
By Julien Couty
The quirky spare drawing style makes all the characters look goofy. It takes a while, but once you get it, it’s really funny.
Father’s Day Contest: Runner-Up #5
By Jin Suk
We liked this image even before we heard the news that two male penguins who are “not actually gay – they are just the best of friends,” (according to the zoo’s spokeswoman) were given an egg to raise together. We just thought penguins dressing even more formally than they usually do is a good idea for father’s day.
Father’s Day Contest: Runner-Up #6
By Jennifer Steffey
Good thinking - this is a take on the recent Time magazine cover (if you’ve managed not to see it, it’s here) and this is about as clear and appealing a message as the original.
Father’s Day Contest: Runner-Up #7
By Sergey Maidukov and Julien Couty
It’s actually wonderful to see that so many of these images are about fathers in nurturing roles rather than fathers as authority figures. But men giving birth is probably the next stage.
Father’s Day Contest: Runner-Up #8
By Kate Oberg
We had so many ideas that juxtaposed fathers and their offspring - but few were as economical and therefore as effective as this one. Very nice picture.
Father’s Day Contest: Runner-Up #9
By Sean O’Neil
The cartooning is nice but the visual-storytelling and use of props is confusing. Everything is brightly colored, the props for the dad are next to the kids, and there are two hats (?) so it takes a while before you understand the joke. But once you get it, it’s sweet.
Father’s Day Contest: Runner-Up #10
By Vincent Des Jardins
The simple idea that the kid feels safe enough to throw herself into the water when Dad’s arms are there to catch her is touching - and I like the matching patterns of the bathing suits. (I would have suggested not using the same pattern for the edge of the pool, where it doesn’t mean anything.)
Father’s Day Contest: Runner-Up #11
By Shannon Wheeler
This is a quickly rendered doodle, yet it still makes a lot of sense. I like the size of the balloon with the tiny superhero figure inside. It’s an effective cartoon way of symbolizing the exaggeration of the kid’s speech without resorting to facial expressions or body gestures.