Monthly Archives: March 2015

Keeping Currency Current

Keeping Currency CurrentThere is a long overdue movement to get women featured on our paper currency. For too long they’ve been relegated to our country’s lame attempts at dollar coins that are too similar to quarters (Thanks, Big Vending Machine!).

I can go on and on about currency policy, so I’ll just point out that Canada began phasing out their even more worthless penny years ago, and to the best of my knowledge, Canada’s economy has yet to be reduced to a system where maple sugar candy and hockey pucks are exchanged for goods and services.

Another thing I learned while drawing this cartoon is that Adobe thinks everyone who wants to open a picture of money is a potential counterfeiter, and not a cartoonist who lacks access to a physical $20 bill for visual reference.

I learned about Photoshop’s counterfeit protection while drawing Sunday’s Strip.

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Ted Cruz’s Campaign Swag

Ted Cruz's Campaign SwagTed Cruz is not dumb. He is playing into the willful ignorance and victimhood that riles up the base to win elections.

By a weird twist of fate, it has become my job to draw cartoons about current events. I am not a news junkie, but I must ingest news constantly to stay up-to-date on the latest nonsense and dumbassery. I’m especially not a fan of politics and our never-ending presidential campaigns. But the 2016 campaign has begun and I have been dragged into covering it. Maybe we’ll return to sanity for a few brief moments in 2017, before the 2020 campaign begins.

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Death Penalty Dissonance

Death Penalty DissonanceSince lethal injection drugs are becoming scarce and no longer efficient at the whole “lethal” thing, Utah’s getting ready to bring back the firing squad, while other states are dusting off their electric chairs and gas chambers. Somehow these are all more preferable than calling off capital punishment altogether, which often results in the executions of many, many innocent people. But at least they got a trial. The same can’t be said for the summary executions the United States conducts overseas.

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Grand Old Pen Pals

Grand Old Pen PalsI don’t think Senator Tom Cotton’s open letter to Iran was treasonous; it was dumb. And unfortunately for the US and the rest of the world, being dumb isn’t treason. It’s practically a requirement for anyone who wants to court the Tea Party caucus.

It’s spring (or so I’ve heard from under all of the record-breaking snow) and the miserable slog towards another election has sprung. And if the apoplectic reactions from both sides regarding Hillary Clinton’s Rube Goldberg-esque email practices are any indication, it’s going to be an insufferable year and a half.

Unless the 47 Senate Republicans get their way and start another war, then I can wait out 2016 from a fallout shelter.

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DIY Health Insurance

DIY Health InsuranceLast week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell and now we’re waiting to see if they’ll gut the subsidies in the Affordable Care Act because of one poorly worded sentence. Chief Justice Roberts kept it alive the last time it was challenged, but now that it’s fully functional, and working, who knows what the conservatives on the Court will do. They’ve been prone to making things worse since at least Bush v. Gore.

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This Misanthrope is Getting Social

Are you tired of waiting to read my one, or two, at most, cartoon(s) a week? If so, you’re in luck! I’ll be posting five (5!) exclusive comics this week for The Nib’s newsletter and Instagram account.

Will I draw something smart, cutting and insightful about something in the news, or will I revert to my alt-weekly days and draw a fart coming out of a butt? The suspense is killing me.

So subscribe to the newsletter and follow The Nib on Instagram.

Here’s today’s first entry:

Brian McFadden is drawing us a comic a day this week! Explain THAT.

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America at War: With Bill O’Reilly

America at War: With Bill O'ReillyBill O’Reilly was caught in a lie. No, not that one. Or that one. Or the whole sexual harassment loofah thing. This is not really news. Brian Williams being a fabulist was a little more surprising, but not really. Network and cable news are pretty much infotainment anchored by narcissists.

Meanwhile, there’s been no comeuppance for the liars that got us into the Iraq War. In fact, many of the same warmongers are itching to get us into another war with Iran. And Benjamin Netanyahu is more than willing to give them an assist with this week’s bizarre address to Congress.

Read the comic at The New York Times.