Remember that cartoon I drew about the Vandals? I just talked to someone today who said, "Nobody got it. Nobody." The statement 'nobody got it' would probably have been enough of an affirmation, but bookending the statement with the word 'nobody' really gets the message across.
To be honest, I wondered if the reference wouldn't be too obscure. I also wondered if it wouldn't be difficult to tell the character labeled "Vandals" is supposed to represent Helen Keller, who is blind and deaf. In the end, though, I figured people would recognize Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller and subsequently put the two together. Oh, well. Would people have understood a more contemporary reference, or was it the execution of the reference that made the cartoon difficult to follow?
Oddly enough, this doesn't really bother me. It would have back when I was attempting to make a living at political cartoons. I suppose that's partially because I don't have much investment in cartooning anymore (I'm not bothered by that, either). Ok, back to illustrating. Cheers.