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
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,