March 21, 2008 10:35 PM
win,lose & Drew: Elam's Baggage Claim
It continues to be an off-season of changes for the Broncos. While I don't blame the Broncos for not wanting to commit a huge chunk of cash to a kicker, Jason Elam was the one reliable player you could count on. It will be odd to watch the Broncos without him.
I originally had an Avalanche cartoon I was going to draw but abandoned it in favor of this Elam image when the story he was going to the Falcons broke about 4 o'clock Friday afternoon. Being timely, to me, is so very important as a sports cartoonist. You have to be willing to toss away the days work and create an entirely new drawing on short notice.
The most memorable example of a cartoonist adapting to a breaking news story was by the late, great cartoonist, Bill Mauldin. He had already turned in his cartoon for the day when news came that JFK had been assassinated. Charged with the emotion of the moment, he created one of the most enduring images in the history of political cartooning. The drawing, which took Mauldin not much more than an hour to complete, showed the Lincoln memorial, head in hands, grieving the nations loss. The timing of the drawing was everything , so I always, if possible, adapt to breaking news.