Obama/Biden Campaign Gear

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It’s a new BFW! Here’s what I wrote on the front page about that:

Okay, so BFW’s return from hiatus was premature. The fact is that Big Fat Whale earns me pennies, even though it takes nearly as much effort as The Strip, which pays my bills and has many more readers. (A few million or so.) After the election, I’m going to try to incorporate The Strip into this site, so it doesn’t get so stale and showcases my best and most current work. And when the spirit, or someone’s pocketbook, moves me, I’ll continue to post new BFWs as well.

This week also marks 11 years since I made the ridiculous decision to start a weekly comic strip in an industry that was just about to start its precipitous decline. I stuck with it for a decade, because I refused to work an office job, and that stubbornness paid off last year with the NYTimes gig. If you told that to 22-year-old me, I would’ve punched you for being so sarcastic.

Debate Improvements

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Between the presidential and Massachusetts’ Senate debates, I’m already suffering from severe debate fatigue and it’s barely October. This is the first election cycle where I’ve been obligated to pay attention to everything. And it’s grueling. Politics is as dumb as sports, but not entertaining, and has consequences for everyone, regardless if they’re paying attention.

Obama really stunk up the joint on Wednesday. Romney did too, by lying out of his magic underpants, but apparently he was the “winner” because … optics?

I’ll try to get some non-election cartoons done this month, but who knows.

In Search of the Afghanistan War

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We’re still at war. In Afghanistan and also in all the undeclared places where our drones are killing people. Even if you lack empathy for all those dead foreign civilians, this shit is going to come back and haunt us. I don’t know if you noticed, but an unhealthy desire for revenge isn’t just a trait we Americans have.

I was familiar with “In Search of..” before “Star Trek,” but my first real introduction to Leonard Nimoy was as the soundcheck voice at Boston’s Museum of Science’s Omni Theater. He spoke-sang a silly song, but it wasn’t quite as ridiculous as this:

My Dumb Voice

While I was in DC last week for Damn Cartoons, I was asked to appear on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU, DC’s NPR station. Along with Pulitzer-winning cartoonist and all-around funny guy, Joel Pett, we talked about the campaign, editorial cartooning in general, and the important work done by the Cartoonists Rights Network at home and abroad.

I had a lot of fun, and this is the first time I’ve done a radio interview that actually made it to air. It could very well be the last time too, so enjoy!

Here’s the link to our segment. It runs about 23 minutes.

UPDATE: I forgot I did this four years ago for BBC Radio 4, so I guess this is the first time I’ve been on US radio.

Rahm’s Replacement Teachers

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I regret not calling them “scabs,” which is what they are, but for some dumb reason “replacement refs” has caught on. And I have to admit that I’m a hypocrite and continue to watch the games. BUT I’m boycotting the NFL’s advertisers by not buying shitty light beer, a pickup truck, or dick pills. So stay strong, referees who don’t suck!

Romney/Ryan Campaign Gear

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Sorry for yet another delay, but thems the breaks with free content. I’ve also had a slew of computer/electricity troubles, but at least I got a computer from this decade out of it.

Fair Warning: If you’re in the “DO YOU WANT OBAMA TO LOSE?!” freakout squad, you might want to skip next week’s Obama/Biden version of this cartoon.

This is your last chance to buy tickets to see me babble incoherently in DC tomorrow. Many of my more-qualified colleagues will also be speaking, so it’s worth it even you hate my guts!

Fall College Courses

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I’ve been out of college for over a decade now. If any of these classes were available back then, I’d probably be better suited for the political/media hellscape we’re living in today.

DC area residents, don’t forget! I’ll be in your town along with a bunch of other cartoonists this weekend. There are a couple of events for the public on Friday and Saturday. Check Damn Cartoons for details and to get tickets.