Got a call for a day-and-a-half turnaround for the NY Observer last week, and was glad I did. The [true] story was borderline fiction, about Park Slope parents picketing ice cream vendors who "prey" on their welcoming children. It allowed me to do some really fun character designs, and to play with vintage fonts and colors.
It was even featured on the front page of the Observer's site!
...although if you go to the site and they since have updated it, here's a screenshot: