Ken Lewis in Black and White

I don’t know how Ken Lewis the man is holding up under the pressure, but I can tell you his Wall Street Journal stipple portrait is not faring well. Shades of happy/sad dot-drawings of Vikram Pandit and Hank Paulson last summer. This credit crisis is brutal, even on cartoons.

Here was the Lewis dot-portrait that accompanied a January 16 story headlined “Lewis Defends Merrill Purchase”

All good. But by the next day, the pressure was evidently taking its toll as the embattled Bank of America chief “went on offense”:

Whoa, stipple Ken. Your dots are bunched way too tight. Relax those lines, man. Add some naphtha to the mix. Or have you considered acupuncture? At a minimum, the Audit recommends some stipple shiatsu and a long walk on a pen-and-ink beach landscape.

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Dean Starkman Dean Starkman runs The Audit, CJR's business section, and is the author of The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism (Columbia University Press, January 2014). Follow Dean on Twitter: @deanstarkman.