The Last(ish) Word Presents: Sochi

In this new series for Oddball Magazine, cartoonist George Panagooulos and poet Chad Parenteau will take political cartooning and mix it with light (and not so light) politically charged verse inspired (sometimes loosely) by the illustration, sometimes maybe even in opposition to it. This will be an experimental venture with words and pictures, which might be intertwined more so in the future. Don’t forget to give us your feedback, both “likes” and “dislikes” (though there is no button for the latter).

 

Comic © George Panagopoulos
Comic © George Panagopoulos

 

So Putin gives smiles for the gang
While “under construction” signs hang.
The man in front of curtain
is certainly hurtin’
wishing he just flew to PyeongChang.

 

Biathlon meant two, Russia heard
they truly adhered to the word
Now complaints have been sent
“That’s not what we meant!”
as racers share more than a word.

 

To kill Sochi dogs is a sin.
I submit this sure PR win:
If they don’t get the gold,
give them puppies to hold
An Olympics where everyone wins!

 

Putin won’t want you if you’re gay
but creepy mascots are okay.
I hope he forbids
them getting near kids
so long as his worldview’s astray.

 

How will poor ol’ Sochi survive
once journalists skin them alive?
With cams watching heads
and closeness of beds
through internet porn they will thrive!

 

George Panagopoulos is an Artist, Writer, and Comedian from Worcester, MA. You won’t catch him pulling punches, he tries to focus on truth above partisan politics. “I want you to be compelled to discuss my stuff, it’s about starting a dialogue, making you reflect, and hopefully laugh”

Chad Parenteau’s limericks have been seen floating around in places like Salon and Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. He is a contributing editor to Oddball Magazine.

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