The Victims of Federally Legalized Pot

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Last week Washington became the first state to legalize recreational use of weed. A similar ballot initiative passed in Colorado and it’ll take effect next month. But pot’s still classified as a Schedule 1 drug in the Controlled Substances Act, and will likely stay that way for a long time.

Adults’ Letters to Santa & Cheer Up, Lame Duck

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For an atheist, I enjoy most of the trappings of the holiday season. Those pagans had some fun ideas. No wonder the Pope stole ’em. This is admittedly an attempt to use the holiday to slap a bunch of disparate news jokes into one comic. It was either that or 8 clumsy fiscal cliff metaphors.

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I forgot to post this last week because I am terrible at self-promotion. It’s still relevant, and will be for our entire lives, or until Congress decides to call it quits and turns the Capitol into a Buffalo Wild Wings.

Black Friday Bargains! and Post-Election Stress

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I don’t understand the Black Friday hysteria. Shit’s on clearance December 26th. There’s other bits of news commentary crammed into this comic, but I don’t have time to write about any of it. I have to get a cartoon done this week, holiday or not.

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If you missed it earlier, this is my post-election comic. I’m so glad that’s over. This was the first election where I had to pay attention to everything because of The Strip. In previous years when I was just doing BFW, I could tune in and out as I pleased. Besides the not-having-any-money part, it was a pretty sweet gig.

Give Other People Money

My friend and colleague Matt Bors’ Kickstarter is coming to an end and he needs your help to reach his stretch goal, which means he’ll make a whole other book! Matt and I pretty much started editorial cartooning at the same time, AKA The Worst of Times for editorial cartoonists. If his Kickstarter’s successful, it could help him and cartoonists in general keep doing what we do.

And if you haven’t already, go buy Tom Tomorrow’s newest book, The World of Tomorrow and sign up for Sparky’s List for a whole host of This Modern World exclusives.

Lastly, but no less importantly, sign up for Ruben Bolling’s Inner Hive. Tom the Dancing Bug and This Modern World have been my favorite comics since before I even had the dumb idea to get involved in comics, and they deserve your support.

Modernizing the Vote

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The margins in last week’s election were big enough to overcome most of the electoral shenanigans and disenfranchisement that were going on, particularly in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. And the way the demographics of the parties are going, it might be harder to tamp down minority, poor, young and elderly turnout in the future. But it’s pretty fucking embarrassing that party hacks set the voting rules in every state.

Ohio’s Secretary of State, Jon Husted is the hackiest of the bunch. As Ohio went to Obama sooner than most of us expected, he quickly came up with another bullshit scheme to tip the state towards Republicans in the future, even when Democrats win the popular vote. State legislatures of both parties gerrymander their states like crazy, but since Republicans have a narrower (and older, whiter, male-er, angrier) base to pull from, their maps tend to be a bit more ridiculous.

Anyway, the election’s over (for a couple months ’til the next one starts up) and I’m done thinking about it. I don’t live-and-breathe politics like some folks, so I’m happy to catch up on everything I’ve missed over the past 18 months. What’s a “Honey Boo Boo?”

My Dumb Voice. Now with My Dumb Face!

When I was in DC for Damn Cartoons in September, I gave a brief “Chalk Talk” about RomneyCare and how it helped me go from broke-ass unknown cartoonist to slightly-less-broke kinda-well-known cartoonist. Here’s the video. Like myself, the talk ran short, but Joel Pett ran a fun Q&A with me to fill the empty couple of minutes. That’s not in the video though. You shoulda been there, doofus!

But if you missed it, there are tons of talks from more talented (and better prepared) cartoonists up on the site now.

Lost: Issues

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Look at me getting all holier-than-thou at the peak of election season. But no mention of climate change in the first three debates is pretty egregious. I know there are many more important issues I left out, but hopefully I can get to them when things go back to their regular level of crazy after the election