As promised last week, here is a cartoon on Congress’s recent decision not to eliminate enormous tax breaks for Big Oil. I finished it later than I wanted to, because I spent some time earlier in the week practicing some caricature that didn’t turn out.
The oil companies represented here are the so-called “Supermajors”: Shell, BP, Exxon-Mobile (with his back to the viewer), and Total, along with Chevron, Texaco, and Halliburton. Missing from the pack is Conoco-Phillips, because their main logo (much like Exxon’s) wouldn’t easily adapt to the above treatment, and I forgot 76 is one of their brands.
Originally, I was going to caricature the various heads of each company I included and then label their outfits with their corporate logos, but I thought that would make the logos too hard to identify at a small size, hence what I did here instead. In spite of the above-mentioned issues with Exxon and Conoco, as well as the fact that I hated trying to copy the BP logo by hand, I think it worked out pretty well–Chevron just looks so darn happy!
Since Congress and Obama chose to renew expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act on Thursday, I’m guessing my next cartoon will be on that. Hopefully I’ll finish it earlier in the week than I finished this one. In the meantime, here’s an old cartoon I did on the same subject in 2009.