Anthony Ausgang's reinterprets the SF Chronicle's famed "Little Man" cartoon

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My pal David Katznelson has a deep appreciation for the history of San Francisco. In fact, he's the founder of the San Francisco Appreciation Society! One iconic bit of SF culture that David appreciates is cartoonist Warren Goodrich's iconic "Little Man" illustration (image top), used since 1942 in the San Francisco Chronicle's movie reviews in lieu of rating stars. So when David had the chance to commission lowbrow art pioneer Anthony Ausgang to do an ink drawing, it occurred to him that the Little Man might be a fine subject for Ausgang's warped eye. Success, I'd say!


  1. Wow!  This brings me back!  I haven’t seen that little guy since I left SF to go to college back in 1997.

  2. I’ve always wanted there to be an even-worse little man illustration for the truly bad movies of the world. Rather than an empty seat, you see the seat and the little man’s feet and legs hanging above, as he has decided that this movie makes life not worth living any longer.

  3. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about
    their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout
    “Save us!”… … and the Little Man will look down and whisper “No.”

  4. The top graphic is missing the infamous black hole, for films so vile that an empty chair just won’t do.

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