My Australian cartoonist buddy, Nik Scott, reminded me that Apple’s Steve Jobs was a Buddhist, which makes the many heavenly cartoons that were drawn after his passing rather, erm … off the mark? That’s Nik’s take in the cartoon at the right.
We often see editorial cartoonists imposing Christian imagery on non-Christians when they die. (After all, only one religion can be right, huh?) Comedian George Carlin, a famous atheist, found a Christian heaven in many editorial cartoons. When Beatle George Harrison, a Hindu, died, the editorial cartoonists drew dozens of cartoons with George showing up in Christian heaven.
Perhaps it is insensitive to impose your own religion on someone else when they die – but what the heck - readers and editors love it. Among the cartoonists we syndicate, the Jobs Pearly Gates cartoons were the most reprinted.
Cartoon by Randy Bish of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Cartoon by Paul Zanetti, Australia
Cartoon by Peter Broelman, Australia
Cartoon by David Fitzsimmons of the Arizona Daily Star
Cartoon by Joep Bertrams, the Netherlands
Cartoon by Patrick Chappatte, the International Herald Tribune
Pat Bagley is the staff cartoonist for The Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City, Utah, and an author and illustrator of several books. His cartoons are syndicated nationally by Cagle Cartoons.