Monthly Archives: June 2015

2015’s Summer Blockbusters

2015's Summer BlockbustersI have yet to see any of this year’s big summer movies, but I will be attending a theatrical re-release of Jaws this weekend. I guess that’s what happens when you age out of Hollywood’s beloved 18-35 demographic.

The Supreme Court’s term was an historic one and I’m surprisingly happy with how it turned out, except for how they botched the botched-execution case. And as much as I loathe the interminable presidential election process, the winner will likely nominate quite a few new faces to to the Supreme Court. But not to replace RBG, who I hope turns out to be immortal.

Read the comic at the New York Times.

Our National Conversations

Our National ConversationsAfter every tragedy, we engage in a “national conversation” about how we can prevent it from happening again. That usually devolves into partisan bickering before any significant change happens. Maybe this time will be different. And maybe one day Lucy will let Charlie Brown kick that football.

Read the comic at the New York Times.

Mission Creep Techniques

Mission Creep TechniquesWe’re sending more troops to Iraq! That always ends well.

I’ve been drawing cartoons on that same subject for my entire career. Not sure how long I can continue without repeating myself, but perhaps that repetition’s a necessary counterargument to the geniuses who keep insisting military interventions in the Middle East are a good idea.

Read at the New York Times.

The 2016 Campaign Carnival

The 2016 Campaign CarnivalI’ve ignored it for as long as I could, but after a month of official campaign announcements, plus Jeb’s non-announcements due to fundraising shenanigans, I’ve done a cartoon about the election that will not end.

I like Bernie Sanders. If years of following our terrible, corrupt election process hadn’t made me a cynical defeatist, I might actually be optimistic about his chances. But I’m glad he’s in the race and bringing up issues that are resonating with people. If anything, his campaign could shift the Overton window back towards sanity and away from the supply-side thinking that has dominated national conversations and destroyed the working class since the 1980s.

Read the comic at The New York Times.

America’s Top Sports Cop

America's Top Sports CopLike most Americans, my interest in soccer peaked with youth soccer (Go BYSA!) and only returns during the men’s and women’s World Cup tournaments. But anyone with a passing interest in the game can tell FIFA is terribly corrupt.

Last week’s FIFA arrests were surprising and long overdue. Awarding the 2022 World Cup to the sweltering desert nation of Qatar was more than a bad idea, it’s been deadly for the workers tasked with building the infrastructure for the games. It’s a shame corrupt banks aren’t subjected to anywhere near the same level of scrutiny as corrupt sports leagues.

Read the comic at The New York Times.