I’ll be a special guest at the “Red Man” cartoon festival and competition in Guiyang, China, from the 20th through 25th of November – in a couple of weeks. If you’ll be in Southern China, stop by. I’ll give a speech and be on their contest jury. Also there as special guests and jury members are my cartoonist buddies, Ross Thompson from Britain and Marlene Pohle from Germany.
Sorry to be so slow about posting my new cartoons – I’ll catch up now. The newest one is this cartoon about the Nazi stolen art treasure that was found last week in Germany. Given the subject matter, it may be better in grayscale. What do you think?
After I finished this and sent it out, I had second thoughts about the color, and I did this revised version, starting with a nasty sepia-tone and moving up the saturation to the last panel. I think it is better, so I sent out a revised version. It makes the older panels seem older, and nastier.
I heard some pundit describe Obamacare as a “heavy lift” for the president, which got me thinking about this caduseus cartoon …
I’m trying to go lighter with my colors, and have a little bit of texture in everything. Bad printing darkens everything up so much, many cartoonists are shocked to see how muddy their cartoons look in print.
I did two versions of this next “X-Ray Specs” cartoon about President Obama and his intrusive spying, which made Germany’s Angela Merkel angry when she learned that the NSA had been tapping her cell phone for years. It should make most Americans angry too, at lack of deference shown to our privacy rights by our paranoid, overeaching government – so I drew the Statue of Liberty as the victim of the X-Ray Specs too. Perhaps our young readers are too young to know, but there was a time when there was an ad for “X-Ray Specs” in every comic book – and we all read comic books because there were no video games. And no cell phones. And we had manual typewriters. I’m so old. OOooh.
Here are the X-ray Specs in SPANISH!
The troubles with Obamacare’s roll out, and lousy web site, have been great fun for the Republicans – so I drew them dancing on Obamacare’s and Secretary Sebelius’ graves, a bit early.
The recent election didn’t go too well for Tea Party candidates and moderates stole the day.
I was interested to see how the liberal cartoonists all turned so quickly on Obama when the Web site was bad. Here’s my bad Website cartoon.
This is one I missed from way back when we had the government shut-down. It seems so long ago now – Republicans have had some good days with Obamacare’s troubles since then. Times change fast.
Here is my last week of cartoons. Today I’m headed out for the editorial cartooning convention in St. Just, France, with my brilliant cartoonist buddies, Steve Sack, Bob Englehart and Pat Bagley.
Here’s my most recent cartoon, with the GOP all tied up in a knot. They seem to be pretty dysfunctional right now, gumming up the government for everybody. (I was just drawing the heels of his shoes with the old fashioned nails and gripper on the back, I wasn’t think of his heels having happy faces. I guess I have to think of everything.)
I did a second GOP knot cartoon this week, which makes the point more about the split in the Republican party.
I’m trying to do more texture in my cartoons. I’ve been asked why I do the yellow backgrounds so often in my cartoons. I like the yellow because it is intense and light so that it doesn’t draw away from the line art.
I drew a THIRD Republican knot cartoon this week. This is my knotty Republican week. Here is the GOP hanging himself on the medical Caduseus (Obamacare).
Enough of knots. When Ted Cruz was doing his useless filibuster, reading from Dr. Seuss, and the other cartoonists were all making Dr. Seuss metaphors, I was rather more annoyed with Cruz, so I drew him as a monkey throwing his poop.
I know that there won’t be many newspapers that will print this (if any will at all). I guess that is one of the perks of being my own editor – I can draw whatever I want even if nobody wants to see it. This cartoon is actually a homage to the great, British cartoonist Steve Bell, who drew a famous image of George W. Bush in a similar pose. I’m a big Steve Bell fan.
The last one for the week is this Republican suicide bomber cartoon. I’m leaving for the convention in France at a difficult time, with all the wonderful, crazy politics going on now. I won’t be drawing new cartoons for a week or so, but when I come back I expect to have some pent up angst, ready for the drawing board.