Every week, we send our illustrator Greg Cravens a comment from an article posted on memphisflyer.com. Within hours, Cravens works his magic and brings our readers' words to life, often in hilarious ways.
It takes Cravens no time to turn out a picture of, say, Jerry "The King" Lawler putting city council people Myron Lowry and Wanda Halbert in a headlock (see below) or our editor Bruce VanWyngarden devouring a bloody ox carcass (not pictured).
Besides creating our weekly "What They Said" illustrations and occasional cover designs, Cravens maintains a webcomic at http://hubriscomics.com. One of his editorial cartoons was included in the 2012 edition of Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, and his internationally syndicated comic strip, "The Buckets," is now on gocomics.com with more than 23,000 online subscribers. (Yea, Greg Cravens is pretty awesome.)
The following are the Flyer editorial staff's favorite Cravens illustrations of 2011.
The Silly Seven
About "No More Jager Bombs?" and a bill that would outlaw energy drinks in bars:
"This is America, right? My grandfathers did not fight world wars so one day we could pass this communist bill. I say NAY to this legislation! DON'T TREAD ON ME!! Jager bombs are God's way of telling us he loves us." — lebowski
About "Halbert, Lowery Feud in Angry Email Exchange": "Jerry Lawler would know how to handle this."
About "Is a Merger Worth It?" and the school consolidation issue:
"Maybe someone needs to start a Neshoba Flyer so folks can get their progressive weekly news without being subject to the Memphis Flyer's strangely Memphis-leaning editorial slant." — sbanbury
About "Elvis Lives Here" and the future of Graceland and Elvis Presley Blvd.:
"Why do I think Elvis (wherever he is) got a big smile on his face when he read that the Krispy Kreme on his namesake street is the top-grossing one in the country?" — M_Awesomeberg
About "Bike Lanes Touch a Nerve at City Council": "You'd think that Janis Fullilove would be all for bike lanes seeing as how she can't drive a car." — Scott Banbury
About "Strip Club Regulations to Take Effect in January":
"Why stop there? Why not require each dancer to wear a burqa and every patron a chastity belt? And we'd all drink Snapple while the ladies dance to scratchy old 78s of the Glenn Miller Orchestra." — phlo
About "Mulroy Joins Occupy Memphis Encampment on Monday":
"I thought he had a job. And an elected office. And some sort of responsibilities to fulfill. But in the words of the great Jacqueline Smith — protesting sure beats working!" — Pogo