The Desert Islanders get visitors

… in two cartoons recently in The New Yorker: a Frank Cotham from the 8/9 issue, with a swarm of visitors; and a Felipe Galindo / Feggo in the cartoon caption contest at the “choose from the top three candidates” stage in the 8/16 issue, with a visit from a vagrant polar bear on an ice floe.

The Desert Island cartoon meme stands out among memes as having a premise that’s connected to reality by the slenderest of threads, shrinking the fantasy of a desert island to the barest of minimums: ten feet or so across, with one or two castaways, a sole palm tree that seems never to bear fruit of any kind (no coconuts, no dates, nothing) and seems much too small to offer any shade in the tropical heat, and with no visible source of fresh water and no visible way to acquire any non-palm food. Yet the castaways endure. Does the God of the Tropics shower down mana on them periodically? Or what?

The strips:


(#1) The Cotham, in which neither Desert Islander seems at all pleased at the intrusion of gawking tourists (Cotham’s style is often reminiscent of George Booth’s)


(#2) The Feggo, with both man and polar bear looking uncertain about what to make of their unlikely confrontation (Feggo is given to Desert Island cartoons, many with climate-change themes)

On Felipe Galindo / Feggo, from his website:

Felipe creates humorous art in a variety of media, including cartoons, illustrations, animations, fine art & public art. Born in Cuernavaca, Mexico, resides in New York City.

One Response to “The Desert Islanders get visitors”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    The winner, reported in the 8/30 issue: Michael Migliaccio’s climate change caption.

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