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The year's best editorial cartoons

Welcome to the world of Creative Loafing cartoonist Jim Hunt. Hunt is as much a part of CL as the ink we print with, and the holidays wouldn't be the same around here without our annual "Best of Jim Hunt" cartoon compendium.

For years, Hunt has captured the irony, the hypocrisy and the comedy of the local political scene in his cartoons, regularly spattering our pages with spoofs of everyone from Charlotte Area Transit System transit czar Ron Tober to right-wing Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James.

Hunt finds humor in places you'd least expect, like his own foyer, where he met his teenage daughter's new beau -- who also happened to be James' son.

In addition to his years with CL, Hunt has tooned and illustrated for Variety, the Washington Times, NASCAR, the Christian Science Monitor and MSNBC to name a few.

He lives along the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Md., with the women he describes as "my beautiful wife and daughters Chelsea and Isabella."

We hope you'll enjoy this visual trip through the local and national highlights of 2006 as told through the pen of Hunt.

-- Tara Servatius

"When they decided to show a mild meeting on cable -- as opposed to the usual fights -- a parody of GGW was in order (see cartoon above). This one is probably my favorite from the past year. Anytime you can draw a politician's nipples, it's a bonus. Never could get away with that on the Wheeler ones!" - JIM HUNT
  • Jim Hunt
  • "When they decided to show a mild meeting on cable -- as opposed to the usual fights -- a parody of GGW was in order (see cartoon above). This one is probably my favorite from the past year. Anytime you can draw a politician's nipples, it's a bonus. Never could get away with that on the Wheeler ones!"
"Condi's name and the simmering Middle East made this one a natural fit." - JIM HUNT
  • Jim Hunt
  • "Condi's name and the simmering Middle East made this one a natural fit."
"Since most people are embarrassed by the 'CMS franchise,' it reminded me of the New Orleans 'Aints.'" - JIM HUNT
  • Jim Hunt
  • "Since most people are embarrassed by the 'CMS franchise,' it reminded me of the New Orleans 'Aints.'"
"He reminded me of Dick Dastardly from the Saturday morning cartoons." - JIM HUNT
  • Jim Hunt
  • "He reminded me of Dick Dastardly from the Saturday morning cartoons."
"At this point, Bill practically writes these for me. It's WAY too easy." - JIM HUNT
  • Jim Hunt
  • "At this point, Bill practically writes these for me. It's WAY too easy."
"Taking the segregation visual an extra step." - JIM HUNT
  • Jim Hunt
  • "Taking the segregation visual an extra step."
"The highway signage metaphor always uses up lots of ink." - JIM HUNT
  • Jim Hunt
  • "The highway signage metaphor always uses up lots of ink."
"This one was built entirely around the word 'budget.'" - JIM HUNT
  • Jim Hunt
  • "This one was built entirely around the word 'budget.'"


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