At this year’s SXSW, I had the pleasure of meeting Matt Diffee, a cartoonist who is perhaps best known for creating the hilarious doodles found in each issue of the New Yorker. Matt was participating in a discussion titled “Turning a Blank Page Into a Winning Idea” and, as I listened to him share his thoughts, I became determined to introduce myself. So, after the discussion was over, I did.
It turns out Matt is a huge Blackwing fan. I happened to have some pencils on me, so I gave him a few and we parted ways. Yesterday, however, I received an email from Matt containing a doodle he drew with one of the pencils I gave him, and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you.
One of Matt’s recent projects is an ongoing blog covering the World Cup for the New Yorker. With the big match between the United States and Portugal slated for tomorrow, Matt put together a doodle featuring the “faces” of each side squaring off in a rather hilarious battle of words.
For you non-soccer fans out there, the player on the left is Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the best player in the world, and the player on the right is the United States’ defender Kyle Beckerman. The drawing sets the tone for tomorrow’s match perfectly, and adds to my personal hype for the showdown.
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