It’s always too soon for the great ones to go, isn’t it? Make no mistake: John was one of the great ones. His work demonstrates to all of us the true value of humor. It is only when we laugh that we can transcend pain — gaining respite if only for a moment, garnering the strength we need to carry on another day.
He did all of this in a way that made many readers uncomfortable. Crass, rude, profane, vulgar – John’s cartoons were all of these and more. Callahan did not pull his punches. “This is a feminist bookstore!” one famous cartoon read. “There is no humor section here!” (more…)