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2012: The year in cartoons

A retrospective of the year that was, from Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Tony Auth:

It’s always a revelation to go through a year’s work. This year I was surprised by how many drawings I’d done on gun violence.

The year was also dominated by the election, of course. And, in retrospect, looking at the cartoons done during the surreal Republican primaries, the final result seems so fore-ordained — though it didn’t seem so at the time.

See more from Tony in his blog Behind the Lines.

Philadelphia’s Top 10 Street Art Moments of 2012

Conrad Benner, a.k.a., Streets Dept., looks at the best street art found in Philadelphia in 2012.

This is not Mural Arts stuff.

In the final analysis, talk of ‘the end’ brought on by fears

Friday is the official beginning of winter. It might also be the last day of existence.

The long-range calendar of the ancient Mayans ends on Dec. 21, and some believe that marks the end of time.

For those keeping score, many people believed the world would end in a divine rapture in May 2011. So far, the apocalypse is batting .000.

Pop culture has attempted to destroy the world many times, via nuclear annihilation, alien invaders, extreme weather, an asteroid collision, and the rise of intelligent apes.

The end of everything has been on Barry Vacker’s mind. The professor of media studies at Temple University has put together three days of art, film, lectures, and music revolving around the idea of apocalypse at the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (Philly MOCA), a small alternative art gallery at 12th and Spring Garden.

Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review (by Google)

OK. So it’s an ad for Google. Let’s make no mistake about that.

It’s also fun to look back at the last year. As with any year, 2012 brought us countless things worth remembering. The accumulation of human experience keeps moving us forward. Here’s hoping there are enough servers to store it all.

Ryan visits Pa. to blast Obama on jobs, economy

The Republican candidate for vice president came to West Chester, Pa., to take aim at the Obama-Biden record.

Congressman Paul Ryan says President Barack Obama gave lawmakers from places such as Pennsylvania a no-win choice when it came to the federal budget — they were faced with either cutting defense spending or raising the burden on small business.

Several thousand supporters were at the American Helicopter Museum Tuesday to hear Ryan’s message on behalf of Mitt Romney and the Republican ticket for the White House. One woman fainted in the heat waiting to hear Ryan speak. 

Outside the event, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey presided at a rally of about 50 Obama supporters. Democrats contend a Romney-Ryan administration would hurt seniors.

For a time this afternoon, a small plane dragging the message “ROMNEY, RYAN, AKIN = WRONG 4 WOMEN” circled the airfield where Ryan spoke.