Friday, June 02, 2006

Headless Uncle Sam.

This cover of The New Yorker (through BAGnews) is pretty good, I think: a headless Uncle Sam (the national personification of the United States dating from the War of 1812.)
It evokes not only a country without a head (or losing its head maybe?) but also the loss of face, credibility or/and authority. At the same time, this invisible face pointing at you may be reminiscent of a Big Brother 'invisible' leader. The "I want you" is also missing which makes the finger looks indimidating if not accusing .

NOTES: The art editor of The New Yorker is Françoise Mouly, a Paris-born French artist and cartoonist who is married to Art Spiegelman, the author of Maus. In this interview, she explains she has been influence by French weekly humor magazine Hara-Kiri Hebdo when a teenager in France.


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