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IQ: A barrel full of laughs 

What is the meaning of life? It's a good question, but for now let's keep it simple and talk about cartoons. Comic strips and cartoon panels can be a concise, almost perfect way of conveying an opinion, in the hands of the right artist. It only takes so long to read them, and if they're done well, like a good joke, the contents stay with you for a while. Food for thought that's the size of a burger, comics don't demand the same commitment as, say, a novel, but they often get across many of the same universal themes in pithy, illustrated sound bytes. Here's to the cartoon artists who keep us laughing -- and thinking.

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Jesse Martinez
Ice cream maker Neighborhood: Patty Jewett

Do you read the comics or the news first? Neither. [I read] astrology. Unless there's a good headline on there.

What's your favorite cartoon? Pokmon.

Do political cartoons influence public opinion? It depends on the individual. I think it's a pretty individual type [of] question.

Which politician deserves to be lampooned the most? Jesse Helms.

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Heather Kimler
Waitress
Neighborhood: West Side

Do you read the comics or the news first? Comics.

What's your favorite cartoon? The Lockhorns. I like them; they're funny.

Do political cartoons influence public opinion? Yes.

Which politician deserves to be lampooned the most? Bush.

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Brenda Boyd
Sales
Neighborhood: Broadmoor

Do you read the comics or the news first? The news.

What's your favorite cartoon? I would have to say Peanuts.

Do political cartoons influence public opinion? No, they just bring out the humor in the situation. I don't think they influence it; they don't influence me.

Which politician deserves to be lampooned the most? Probably Clinton. He made his bed, so to speak.

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