I finally got around to drawing up a caricature of good ole ice-cream-chucking-private-prison-loving, Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey. I had been very excited to draw him just because he is quite the cartoonish character in reality. His on-going feud with common sense and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas, is the stuff of dark comedies. Just when you think Arizona can't lower the bar any more, our state finds a way. The caricature is up for your digital use convenience in my store. Feel free to use it in your blog, article, post or any other opinion piece.
So, I finally added a store to this site. Right now the selection is limited but I will be adding caricatures and cartoons that will be for digital use (in case someone wants to use it for a blog) and for print (in case someone wants to make a sign and protest). The first phase will be to upload the digital material, once that is achieved I will begin with the hi-res print material. The aim is to be able to provide bloggers and independent journalists with graphics they can use for their sites at a reasonable price. As always much of my focus will remain Arizona centric, as my home state seems to be able to supply an endless amount of material for political satire. Stay tuned.
It's been a while since I have posted anything here, mostly due to a busy schedule and being incredibly fatigued all of the time. However, there is some news I feel I need to share.
Firstly, The Tucson Weekly has been purchased by 10/13 Communications. With the new purchase I was informed the budget would be cut and the comics would be cut. Not all comics but some. The Fish Wrap being included in that "some". Although, it was incredibly sad news to hear, I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given to contribute to the Weekly. Special thanks to Dan Gibson and Henry Barajas for their enduring support. It was always a dream of mine to at some point work at my favorite alternative weekly publication. I am very fortunate to have been able to fulfill that aspiration. Good luck to everyone there.
Secondly, when one door closes another one opens. I am happy to announce that the good folks at Tucson Sentinel.com have offered me the opportunity to work with them doing political cartoons on the pages of their fine news website beginning in the following weeks. So stay tuned:)
I like iPhones and Apple, but I like to tinker and customize which is a hassle on all Apple products. So I am a big fan of Android products and use an Android phone. Recently, I have become a fan of HTC and can't wait to sample their newest product the HTC One. Which promises to be one of the better smartphones coming out this year and the phone that the company is putting all of its reputation behind. They have loaded it with all sorts of upgrades and new technologies, however, the best part is that HTC has also started a trade-up program. They are willing to give you up to 300 dollars if you purchase one of their new phones and send them your old phone with the proof of purchase of the new one. The best part is that it doesn't even have to be an old HTC brand phone that you send in, so long as it works they will send you some money for it in return. I typed in the type of phone I have (which is about three years old) and got a $100 trade in. Check it out if you are looking to get a new phone and save some money.
This nifty little website provides a cool animated infographic on the history of drone strikes. It begins in 2004 and breaks it down into 4 categories of casualties: "children," "civilians," "other" and "high profile". You'd expect the "high profile" to be the highest percentage what with all the high tech gadgetry that goes into drone strikes, but sadly its not
Full disclosure, I grew up extremely Catholic. So this post comes with an insider perspective. I also grew up reading LOTS of comic books.
The Vatican tweeted today their opinion on Batman. You read that right, Batman. In this article, they state the Dark Knight has grown more bitter, violent and vengeful. They urge parents to be cautious of exposing their kids to the comic, alerting them that he is no longer the Adam West version of the Caped Crusader they used to know.
Apparently, the Catholic Church thinks that reading Batman comics and watching the recent movies is bad for kids. While exposing kids to violence of any sort is generally a bad thing, I would argue that exposing them to images on a weekly basis of a human being bloodied and tortured (Jesus on the cross), stories of genocide through hell-fire and damnation, as well as closeted pedophiles is worse. Catholic guilt has way more damaging results on a child's psyche than any Batman comic does.
I would be willing to wager that Batman isn't bad for kids. Protecting child molesting priests is. Keep it classy Catholicism.
Arizona is at it again. This is what happens when you don't stand up for equal rights on the first abuse of power. Escalation. The abuse of power continues and so does the ignorant thinking and prejudices. This time around the great state that brought you the "papers please" law and decided to make life more difficult for minorities and immigrants, has decided to persecute the transgender community. Just when I thought they couldn't find more assholey ways to discriminate against minorities, Arizona manages to raise the bar of douchebaggery. This time the proposed bill by state rep. John Kavanagh would require transgender folk to identify their gender stated on their birth certificate before they use the facilities in a public place or risk facing 6 months in jail. Check out more about this knuckle dragging piece of proposed legislation here.
Simply put, this letter to Geroge W. Bush and Dick Cheney on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. Take 5 minutes and give it a read then pass it along. Hopefully, W or Dickey will see it.
So uh, this happened. You can now buy my book on Amazon.com for your Kindle. Its 28 pages of full color illustrations lampooning the Arizona political environment and the most recent Presidential election. All for a whopping $1.99 for the digital version of this book. Click on the picture or the above link to go to the site and purchase the book.
I don't know why I find this so funny. Apparently someone decided to edit Newt's Wikipedia page and not many people have noticed. That one line makes his bio interesting to read. I would have guessed him to be many things, but a Reptilian alien. Well, he is kind of cold blooded and scaly.
So this is probably one of the tackiest scummy things I've seen in a while. Pastor Alois Bell writes a rude note on the receipt of a dinner for 10 and tries to stiff the waitress of her tip, by stating that she "gives 10% to god why should you get 18" . The good ole pastor claims she left 6 whole dollars after she enjoyed a meal with 9 other people. That's not even a doller per person tip. The waitress showed it to another server who took a picture of the receipt and uploaded it to reddit.com
When the pastor finds out about her snide remark going viral she calls up Applebee's and complains resulting in the termination of the waitress that posted her note up on the internet. WWJD? Apparently, try to stiff servers on the tip, then proceed to get them fired. Keep it classy Pastor Bell.
This lady continues to amaze me, I hope one day she returns to politics.
I've always really liked this video. Chaplin was and is way ahead of his time.
Siempre me ha gustado este video. Chaplin si que se adelanto de su tiempo y lo sigue haciendo.
Why is anyone surprised by this? By now we should all know that most professional athletes use some sort of PEDs. If it's not anabolic steroids it's blood doping or even large amounts of caffeine. Pro sports is a very lucrative business with high rewards and equally high risks, why would any of these guys not want to boost their performance beyond their natural limits when there is a huge paycheck and millions in Nike endorsements on the line? Being an average Joe doesn't get your face on the Wheaties box and a relationship with Sheryl Crow, but winning 7 Tours de France does. Just ask Sheryl Crow if she would ever date Lance Armstrong the one-testicled janitor?
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