The ice-bucket challenge

A Shannon Wheeler cartoon in the latest (9/1/14) New Yorker:


An exquisitely topical cartoon, of the sort that the magazine has published since its early days. It’s hard to believe the cartoon will make much sense to people in a few years, when the news story has faded from public memory. But at the moment…



The ice-bucket challenge. From Wikipedia:

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July-August 2014.

… The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

Frankly, I don’t get the campaign, but there’s no denying its current topicality.

Shannon Wheeler. From Wikipedia:

Shannon Wheeler is an American cartoonist best known for creating the satirical superhero Too Much Coffee Man, and as a cartoonist for The New Yorker.

… He started cartooning while at UC Berkeley, publishing his daily gag cartoons “Calaboose” and then “Tooth and Justice” in The Daily Californian. He moved to Austin, Texas and created the satirical superhero Too Much Coffee Man as the star of a weekly comic strip in 1990.

… In 2010, Wheeler published a collection of his cartoons rejected by The New Yorker called I Thought You Would Be Funnier.

Another Wheeler penguin cartoon, from the 8/10/09 New Yorker, appeared on this blog on 12/14/11.

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