What’s That Again? 

A look back at the year’s best “What They Said” illustrations with comments.

Who Is Greg Cravens?

The first newspaper to run Greg Cravens' cartoons folded after three weeks. The theme park where he drew caricatures at 16 was turned into a shopping mall. The university that awarded him a degree in graphic design changed its name.

Leaving said trail of destruction, Cravens went into advertising. He figured it was an industry just asking for a good kneecapping.

The Memphis Flyer has published his illustrations since our second issue. His artwork has appeared to boost the images of FedEx, Shoney's, Homewood Suites, the Grizzlies, the Memphis Zoo, 911, the Peabody, and many other fine clients.

Aside from his weekly Flyer "What They Said" feature, Cravens produces an internationally syndicated daily comic strip called The Buckets. Cravens also has a new web comic, Hubris, at http://hubriscomics.com.

The Silly Seven

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About "Bad Month for Memphis" and a long list of embarrassing reasons: "I'm just glad Barb didn't join in the dance action over on the satellite stage." — mad_merc

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About "Cleaning House at 460 Tennessee Street" and office clean-up day at the Flyer: "It's about time. I hope you move the old broke-down cars. I see some guys pushing them around on the street every day. One guy pushing, one guy steering, and one guy giving some loud motivational speech. I don't think they actually go anywhere."

— 38103

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About "Greater Memphis Gets Green — Finally" and the completion of two long-awaited phases of the greenway: "Maybe we'll finally bridge our cultural divide when bikers and joggers from Gtown and Midtown mix with the rednecks of Nutbush in the bottoms of North Memphis." — sbanbury

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About "Grudge Match" and the upcoming congressional showdown between Willie Herenton and Steve Cohen: "If Green Bay wants a dilapidated roller coaster, District 9 constituents should dismantle Herenton's Runaway Mine Train of an ego and ship it to them posthaste. Now there's a ride that'll leave our Midwestern comrades queasy and disoriented for years to come!" — Phlo

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About Iran's ban on certain haircuts, including (and especially) mullets: "We should be glad GWB is no longer president. The mullet ban would probably be the tipping point on bombing vs. not bombing. The mullet lobby had him in its pocket." — B

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About "Is the U.S. Building Mosques Abroad?": "All this is a smoke screen to cover the fact that Obama wants to kill my granny. Don't kill granny!" — 38103

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About "MCS, MPD Pledge to Increase School Safety": "Got one thing to say about boyz in school packin' heat: Pants onna ground, pants onna ground, lookin' like a fool wit' yo pants onna ground! BTW, very well-structured article; you can tell whoever wrote it has some serious natural writing talent."

— kernel kouch


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