Sooo, it seems Mr. Trump decided he's going to come and stump in Arizona isn't that special? The most ignorant and racist Republican candidate has taken an interest in campaigning in the most ignorant and racist state in the nation, my home state of Arizona. What a shocker. As I write this there are multiple protests going on in Tucson and along the freeway from Phoenix to Tucson, by the few Arizonans whose brains haven't been rotted out dealing with the backwards policies and regressive leaders in this state. I doubt these protests will be the last of them in the nation. Good ole' racist Don even managed to find the most racist public official in Arizona, Joe Arpaio and went to go get his blessing. Seeing as how the Trump circus is not going to see an end anytime soon, I figured the least I could do was try to contribute and help out the good people that decided to stand up against such a bigoted bully. For this reason I have made my Trump digital download free to anyone that wants to use it to protest. So anyone in any part of the world or USA can now download my Trump caricature for digital use. You can make a kickass meme or Facebook post, tweet or anything else. Feel free to share this with as many people you know that want to stand up to this clown. Happy protesting and please don't let this idiot become POTUS.
The primaries are now in full swing and even though the Republican field has the more entertaining candidates, the Democrats have the more interesting race.
Hillary Clinton, the expected front-runner, has encountered a major hurdle in the form of a fiery ole democratic socialist from Vermont by the name of Bernie Sanders. The guy has managed to close a 50-point gap and give Clinton a run for her Wall Street-backed money. He's also motivated the millennials and raised millions in private donations, which Goldman-Sachs was probably not expecting. Sanders has not only won several states, but has managed to make Clinton look like the only sane conservative running for president. During the last couple of debates, Hillary's best strategy in defeating Bernie has been to say the same thing he said months earlier. Although, he is still behind her in the polls, he's maintained a close enough distance to keep the Clinton campaign awake at night — so much so, that they finally agreed to appear in a debate hosted by Fox News. Sanders had agreed to do it way before her all on his own, but after he took Kansas, Maine, and Nebraska she had a sudden change of heart about the whole Fox thing, or maybe she just had a bit of "heart Bern."
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Three school shootings in a week (2 of them were in the same day) and one of them was a mass shooting. So far, this year there have been 294 mass shootings in the U.S. according to the Washington Post. Yet, guns don't kill people, abortions do, so let's make them harder for women to get. Guns are an American right so lets not limit access to them but education and healthcare aren't, so we should limit access to both of those things as much as possible. The argument isn't to ban guns, but to at least address the issue in order to address the inefficient laws already on the books. My gut feeling is that if gays, immigrants and women were lobbying to have more access to guns there would already be a law banning them.
Maybe we could employ some sort of qualifications in order to buy a gun, like being 18 for tobacco or 21 for alcohol. How about if a guy is an anti social, sexually frustrated white male they should NOT be allowed to buy a gun, for starters anyway.
Check it out and more at the Tucson Sentinel andPocho.com.
This January the Fox network is going to shake-up their Sunday evening comedy by including a Latino animated series produced by Seth McFarlane. Before you start to worry about it being another "A Million ways to Die in the West" or just Mexican Family Guy, know that McFarlane is not involved in contributing to the show. That honor goes to none other than Mexican-American superstar cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and the very popular Mexican-American columnist Gustavo Arellano of "Ask a Mexican" fame. The animated series which airs after Family Guy will be titled "Bordertown" and stars an all Mexican American cast of characters and voice actors as well as writers and takes place in the fictional town of Mexifornia. I was fortunate enough to see a preview of the pilot and another episode yesterday hosted by Lalo Alcaraz at the Tucson YWCA. Right out of the gate the show was hilarious. It was also incredibly smart and well written. The show revolves around a Mexican immigrant landscaper by the name of Ernesto (voiced by Nicholas Gonzalez) that is neighbors with a very Archie Bunkeresque border patrol agent by the name of Bud (voiced by Hank Azaria). The comedy is all border issue related and man is it spot on. From the interior of Ernesto's house to the cameo of the Virgen of Guadalupe, yes, the Virgen of Guadalupe makes an appearance. Now it has not eluded me that this show about Mexican American immigrants is on the Fox Network which owns Fox News and is a huge promoter of anti-immigrant sentiment, but to be fair, keep in mind that this network also brought you the Simpsons, Family Guy and Cosmos. Furthermore, a show like this could only air on Fox, there's no way any other networks would take the risk of airing such a groundbreaking and funny series. Never before has there been an animated show that stars Mexican American voice actors dealing with Chicano issues with a prominent political cartoonist such as Alcaraz as a show contributor. Check out the following trailer which, after seeing two full episodes does not do the show justice.
Given the recent events, I could not help myself and just had to draw Donald Trump. Without him running for
president he is a walking, talking cartoon character. Then he decides to run for office and things get insanely interesting. Not only does this cat come out and call Mexicans "drug dealers and rapists" he manages to get on Fox News's bad side by insulting Megyn Kelly all over social media. Oh and he's the Republican candidate that is leading in the polls. Then when I think things couldn't get anymore ridiculous Mr. Trump encounters veteran Univision journalist Jorge Ramos in a press conference in Iowa. As soon as Ramos asked about immigration, The Donald had his security thugs remove the reporter. The more Ramos insisted on getting answer the faster he got removed. With Trump telling him to "go back to Univision". So, I decided to draw the fella. I must admit he was one of the most fun caricatures to date.
As a cherry on top, I decided to add a "for print" section to the store and reduced all the digital art on sale for only $0.50. That's right, for only half a buck you can download a high resolution version of any caricature or cartoon for your personal use, whether its to post on an article, rant, blog or your personal desktop. The "for print" section has just one high quality PDF at the moment of the Donald that you can print out and frame, make into a poster or into a protest or support sign if that's your fancy.
And now Martha...McSally that is. She's trying to save the A-10 and will let you know she was in the Air Force. Well now she is in caricature form for all your visual enjoyment and online needs. This one was particularly difficult since her looks have changed considerably since her make over. I don't think I've seen such a dramatic physical change since Greta Van Susteren decided she was going to go under the knife.
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.
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