Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The best of Greg Peters' "Suspect Device"

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Like the work of many great artists, Greg Peters' work wasn't for everyone. His scabrously
funny poolitical cartoon, "Suspect Device," appeared in Gambit for more than a decade, but it took its sharpest form after Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee collapses. In those years, "Suspect Device" (which appeared twice a month, usually) became a place where the cartoonist expressed outrage and hope, fear and optimism ... and a great uncertainty about both the state we live in and the state he lived in. 

Going back over his cartoons in the days since his death, I found many that perfectly reflected the week they were drawn; some that referred to teapot-tempests barely remembered (Joey DiFatta, anyone?); and others that were as trenchant, if not more so, as the day Peters mailed them in. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the simple parable than ran Jan. 8, 2008, when the outside world was thoroughly sick and tired of hearing about New Orleans' "recovery." (So were a lot of us.) Fortunately, I don't have to pick a favorite.

Click to see the level of detail in all these terrific cartoons.

— There will be a memorial service for Greg Peters Sat. Aug. 10 at Martin and Castille Funeral Home (600 E. Farrel Rd.) in Lafayette. Visitation at 1 p.m.; services from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. A New Orleans memorial will be held Sat. Aug. 31. Location TBD,  


click to enlarge March 21, 2006 — six months after Hurricane Katrina and the levee collapses. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • March 21, 2006 — six months after Hurricane Katrina and the levee collapses.


click to enlarge August 8, 2006 — nearing the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • August 8, 2006 — nearing the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.




click to enlarge September 19, 2006 — Magical realism and the reign of Mayor Ray Nagin. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • September 19, 2006 — Magical realism and the reign of Mayor Ray Nagin.




click to enlarge Jan. 23, 2007 — depression ... and hope. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • Jan. 23, 2007 — depression ... and hope.




click to enlarge Sept. 4, 2007 — celebrating the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. - GREG PETERS/ SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/ SUSPECT DEVICE
  • Sept. 4, 2007 — celebrating the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures.




click to enlarge Nov. 27, 2007 — taking aim at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • Nov. 27, 2007 — taking aim at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.




click to enlarge Jan. 8, 2008 — a devastating parable. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • Jan. 8, 2008 — a devastating parable.




click to enlarge Feb. 19, 2008 — Mayor Ray Nagin, hoist on the petard of his own words (and an instantly infamous photo of himself in which he appeared to be waving a gun). - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • Feb. 19, 2008 — Mayor Ray Nagin, hoist on the petard of his own words (and an instantly infamous photo of himself in which he appeared to be waving a gun).








click to enlarge April 29, 2008 — Gov. Bobby Jindal absolutely, positively has no designs on higher office. Cross his heart. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • April 29, 2008 — Gov. Bobby Jindal absolutely, positively has no designs on higher office. Cross his heart.




click to enlarge Sept. 16, 2008 — Hurricane Ike approaches, and we all have Katrina flashbacks. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • Sept. 16, 2008 — Hurricane Ike approaches, and we all have Katrina flashbacks.




click to enlarge Dec. 9, 2008 — Remaking our state's health care system. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • Dec. 9, 2008 — Remaking our state's health care system.

click to enlarge March 10, 2009 — Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers the GOP response to President Barack Obama's address to the U.S. Congress. It does not go well. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • March 10, 2009 — Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers the GOP response to President Barack Obama's address to the U.S. Congress. It does not go well.



click to enlarge Sept. 1, 2009 — The fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. Meet the new boss... - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • Sept. 1, 2009 — The fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. Meet the new boss...

click to enlarge Sept. 29, 2009 — The New Orleans mayoral election. Take cover. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • Sept. 29, 2009 — The New Orleans mayoral election. Take cover.
click to enlarge Feb. 2, 2010 — The Saints are in the Super WHAT??? - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • Feb. 2, 2010 — The Saints are in the Super WHAT???

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