Monday, August 31, 2009

A Vick Jersey

I thought this was a funny cartoon. I got the idea from reading about a radio show encouraging people to donate their Favre jerseys to shelters, instead of burning them in effigy.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Tammy Baldwin holds telephone townhall

I really liked this cartoon. Even though I think most of the people protesting against health care reform are a few chewies short of a Whitman Sampler, they still have to right to address their congressional representatives. Holding a telephone townhall meeting as, my representative Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, did, is just plain cowardly.

What makes matters worse is that Baldwin has made heath care reform her signature issue, but doesn't want to face her constituents' questions on the issue that she says cares about above all others.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy

Here is my cartoon tribute to Ted Kennedy. I thought this struck the right balance on not being overly sentimental, and dealing with the substance and important issues of Ted's life. But I'd like to hear your thoughts.

R.I.P. Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy, the Senate's liberal lion, and the last surviving Kennedy brother died this morning. I'm going to try to draw a cartoon memorializing him today, but I'll have to be careful. I won't be drawing him at the gates of Heaven that's for sure. I'm not entirely sure he'll be there after the accident in Chappaquiddick in 1969, when he left he female companion to die in the car he'd driven off a bridge.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Hero

A police officer was gunned down in the line of duty last week in Tampa. I drew this cartoon as a memorial to coincide with his funeral today.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Swine Flu Crossing

A new editorial cartoon "commenting" on the swine flu outbreak that will probably strike schools this year. It's a fun image, the kind that newspaper editors love. Of course it doesn't really have a hard nosed opinion to it.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Favre the Horrible

I thought this was a really nice way to depict Brett Favre.

On a side note, I went and looked back at some old Hagar the Horrible strips in some books I have lying around the house. I was really surprised how good some of the early strips were. Today, the strip just seems old and tired, but back in the day, it was quite funny.

Also, this is the YouToon for this week, I'm expecting to get a bunch of responses.

I must say I'm fascinated with Vikings, (the mid-evil pillagers not the stupid football team from Minnesota) and I've really enjoyed drawing all these furry axe-wielding warriors. Thanks again Brett.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Thank you Brett Favre for providing me with endless fodder. This is an illustration that ran on the front page of today's Wisconsin State Journal:

Death Panels and Teachers Pay

Here are two cartoons.

The first is on the national Health Care debate. I think it pretty darn good, clear and concise.

The second cartoon is on teachers compensation. This is one of my favorite topics and one of the better cartoons I've drawn in a long time. While I'm a liberal in many ways, the teachers union, which insists on keeping incompetent teachers in classrooms, is one of the more evil lobbying groups in America.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cartoon update

So these are the cartoons I drew last week, and boy was it crazy. I had to watch Owen for most of the week and the entire the weekend while Tricia was working getting students moved into their new apartments here in Madison.

Nonetheless, I got my cartoons drawn, and the baby didn't kill himself, too much.

Back to school shopping...yeah

There has been a bunch of debate about the obituary cartoons on the editorial cartoonist list-serve. It seems that most editorial cartoonists think these cartoons are a waste of space on the editorial page. I was inclined to agree with them, but this cartoon got more feedback and reader responses than most of the cartoons I do. The response I got from this cartoon, reminded me of a conversation I had with a lady at the park a while back, while I was watching Owen. I told here that I was an editorial cartoonist, and she rattled off her favorite editorial cartoons, all of which were obit toons.

This leads me to believe that readers actually really like these obituary cartoons. The fact that so many editorial cartoonist think they are worthless, just goes to show how out of touch some cartoonists are with their audience. Maybe that's why this industry is in such trouble.

I always loved the bit in Spinal Tap with the amp that goes to 11

I thought this was a really strong cartoon about how we run our education system. One of my friends from college, a school teacher whose spent his career getting under-underprivileged high school students interested in learning, has already purchased the original drawing.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Health Care Reform on a stick and a Youtoon

Here is the cartoon from Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal.

I thought this was a pretty good image for the issue, and it works nicely because Wisconsin's fabulous state fair is taking place this week. I went to the fair for the first time this year, and ate all sorts of amazing deep fried foods on sticks. It was awesome, but after all that food I'm in some serious need of health care.

Below is this weeks YouToon. Send me you captions and I'll the good ones onto my editorial. The winner will receive publication of the caption in the paper, and a print of the cartoon signed by yours truly.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Recent Cartoons

Below are the cartoons I've drawn recently.

This is a bit of cheap gag, but it puts the money in perspective.

Trains can be a real pain but this was fun to draw. I applaud our governor for taking the initiative on high-speed rail, but he was an idiot for not taking competitive bids before buying several train cars from Spanish train manufacturer Talgo. There are lots of people in Wisconsin who stupidly think that high-speed rail will be a waste of taxpayer dollars. It behooves the governor not to give opponents legitimate reasons to oppose this vital transportation project.

Wisconsin has no cap on the interest that payday lenders can charge.