D.N.C. Swag Bag

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There’s a thing going on in Charlotte, NC. I like some of the speeches. Clinton’s and Elizabeth Warren’s especially. But speeches are what people say to get elected. Of course they’re not gonna mention NDAA, Gitmo, drone strikes and a bunch of other crap this week. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

If you’re in DC, I’ll be there with a bunch of my cartoonist pals for #$&%! Cartoons next week at George Washington University. Events are open to the public, and I’ll be giving a little talk at the Saturday event. Make sure to to get tickets ahead of time.

I’m hoping I’ll have some free time to escape talking about politics and visit the Air and Space Museum again.

R.N.C. Preparedness Kit

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A bunch of dummies are in Tampa pretending to make their hatred of Obama look like excitement for Mitt Romney.

I only briefly touched on Akin’s “Legitimate Rape” comments because I figured some other old Republican guy would say something dumb about lady parts in the interim. And I was right. Not sure how I can make a career out of commenting on political news, when one party only talks about lady guts … and cutting taxes for “jerb kreaters.”

Presidential Campaign Reporting for Dummies

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Whoops, forgot to post this last week. Thankfully the media’s still dumb, so the cartoon remains relevant.

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been way behind on Big Fat Whale and other online things that don’t pay. I’ve been Having a Summah as dictated by the summah philosopha known as Howard Kremer. I’m also working on some other stuff, but really it comes down to economics and wanting leisure time. 16+ comic panels a week, with my stilted drawing style is exhausting.

Hopefully things will get back to normal as the weather gets gross and I’m stuck inside with nothing else to do but draw.

Guns n’ Dum-Dums

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I drew this after the Aurora, CO and the Wisconsin Sikh shootings, and sadly another mass shooting has apparently happened today. We’re averaging something like 20 of these every fucking year. I had no idea it was that high until recently, when these shootings interrupted the usual “silly season” reportage. No regulations will ever get passed, despite whatever NRA conspiracy says about Obama wanting to “take yer gunz.” The only way to protect ourselves is to gather every platitude-ridden speech from both sides of the aisle, stuff them in our shirts, and hope that’s enough padding to stop all that unregulated semi-automatic gunfire.

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I don’t watch a lot of live television, but thanks to YouTube and stupid media outlets embedding ads for “discussion and analysis,” I’ve seen my fair share. They are all dumb, but if you’re targeting people who make decisions based on commercials, being dumb helps.

Fighting the Culture War

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We’re balls-deep into Silly Season, so we spent a week arguing about chicken sandwiches instead of shit that really matters, like income inequality and voter disenfranchisement. Matt Bors tears the stupidity apart more eloquently here.

Hopefully we’ll fight over condiments this week. I’m pre-emptively taking sriracha’s side.

Mitt’s Speculative Financial Fiction

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Since Romney’s not releasing his returns, everyone’s having some fun with imagining what’s in them. I recommend checking out Jen Sorensen’s and Ted Rall’s take on it if you haven’t already.

I’m finally done with moving and back on my normal routine of sloth interspersed with manic battles against deadlines. More stuff should be appearing more often. Hooray!

The Disenfranchising Games

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These kind of shenanigans are going on in a lot of states, mostly those with Republican governors, but I focused on Florida and Pennsylvania since they’re the most likely to affect the outcome of the general election. It’s just one of many reasons why the electoral college is garbage.

I’m almost done with moving and settling into the new place. Hopefully I’ll be back up to speed next week … if the heat wave doesn’t turn me into a puddle of goo.

Silly Season Stories

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This is traditionally the time of year when the media is even shittier than usual. There really is no such thing as a slow news season, just a time when journalists are feeling lazy. I guess I’m technically part of the media, but if you saw my bank account, you’d forgive me for not giving a shit for a week or two during the summer.

The Wikipedia entry for silly season is pretty interesting. If you like cucumbers and pickles.

In Boardrooms Across the Country …

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Corporate profits are at an all-time high, but for some reason the economy’s still in the shitter. The reason? Trickle down economics doesn’t work. Corporations have no incentive to increase wages or create jobs, unless they’re thinking about the long-term macro-economic picture. If the rabble class has a few extra dollars, they’ll spend it immediately and create a multiplier effect on the larger economy, including the 1%’s obscenely large portfolios. But greedy fucks tend not to be that insightful.

Unions used to be around to fight for this stuff, but a bunch of dum-dums got conned into cheering their decimation thanks to the crab mentality. Now we’re all working our asses off, increasing productivity for corporate bottom lines without any benefits to ourselves. Shit is fucked up. If you’re not angry, you’re either rich, stupid or both.