By Fred Stesney
Ha! A good idea, simple, well told, and sent as a nice sketch. And it unfolds in stages, with the reader’s expectations all set for the gunshot, awaiting the start of the race — and its dramatic finish. Well-done, Fred!
Runner-Up #1 - Bruce Roberts
Good composition: The man in the limo is on his way somewhere, and I like the smugness on the rich man’s face and on that of his chauffeur– they tell the whole story. The hand extended out is both defining the gap between him and the beggar and bridging it.
Runner-Up #2 - By Denis Zilber
Simple but effective, although maybe (not sure), it would have been more effective if done without the words.
Runner-Up #3 - By Jamie Stobie
We got quite a few images about service elevators (come to think of it, it’s true: they’re a relic of the past), but this is the image that used them most clearly. The masters have installed an elevator for their massive SUV (to take it to their living room?), but for the household help: let them take the stairs!
Runner-Up #4 - Jamie Carter
I might have suggested to the artist to exaggerate the pile of plates and glasses on the left even more, but that’s minor. I like the stage setting as well as the angled arm of the rigid central figure that draws the reader’s attention to who gets to pay the bill. Slouched, rigid, slumped— Nice.
Runner-Up #5 - By Delton Demarest
It made me laugh. But then I grew up reading—and loving—Donald Duck and ‘Oncle Picsou’. And its appropriate because Romney is a cartoon caracter.
Runner-Up #6 - By Julien Couty
It made me laugh (and this topic doesn’t always.) I love the way the image suggests the remedy to our ills: the upper classes are known to be charitable and they do want to help the poor. I’ll drink to that.
Runner-Up #7 - Matthew Kalamidas
A solid idea, well rendered. The dignified statue of George Washington laying out or upholding our basic principles is in front of New York Federal Hall in Wall Street. And we’re all curled- up at its feet.
Runner-Up #8 - Ryan Metlen
I had to arm wrestle Nadja to let in one more Statue of Liberty, but then this one at least doesn’t show Lady Liberty. Nice cartooning— though I sure hope that’s not what we in New York or in the US have become. Sometimes I wonder.
Runner-Up #9 - Tom Otterness
“Oh my God, it’s Tom Otterness!” I squealed. Tom is one of the contemporary Fine Artists whose work I most appreciate—he’s responsible for the phenomenal bronze sculptures that dot our parks and subway stations. I love getting this sketch, even if it’s somewhat more of an idea for a 3-D sculpture than for a 2-D drawing. Thank you Tom.
Runner-Up #10 — By Vincent Des Jardins
I’m impressed: at first glance this would look just like one of the bucolic New Yorker covers (which can be charming in their own way), but then it makes its point clearly. I also like the fact that it shows the gulf between the middle class and the rich. In our affluent society, where everyone already has a room over their head, when will the obscene mansions stop growing?
Runner-Up #11 — By MJSketchbook
Sweet! Cartoonists can do so much with facial expressions and body gesture (not to mention pink.) It showed good thinking on the part of this artist to move away from ostensible signifiers (no top hats or poor people here) and simply comment on the attitude.