The State of Unemployment

Hey bloggerinos! Sorry I didn’t mention this earlier, but this past week has been a vile shitbag of delays. Anyway, I’m doing a weekly cartoon for the New York Times’ Sunday Review for the next couple of months. The first one’s already up and called The State of Unemployment.

I don’t think there will be much difference between what I do there and here at BFW HQ, except of course not swearing and focusing on current events rather than dick n’ fart jokes.

Matt Bors asked me a few questions about the gig, and you can find them and my answers over on Cartoon Movement. And Ted Rall has some insights about it as well.

The nearly two-day-late BFW comic is finally up too, but I’ll give that a post of its own in the morning.

8 thoughts on “The State of Unemployment”

  1. I was digging through the times and said to my wife, “Holy shit, it’s Big Fat Whale!”

  2. “Is it something I can drop bombs on?” Funny shit. Reminds me of a song. Oh yeah, “Kill the Poor”!

  3. I love Rall’s blog post about this. “Twenty years ago I was the first altie cartoonist in the NYT…. The revolution began 20 years ago.”

    Me me me me me me me! It’s all about me, Ted Rall, Lord of the “Altie” cartoonists! Jesus. for a guy who could’t draw his way out of a wet paper bag, he thinks pretty highly of himself.

  4. Hey, man, huge congrats on the NYT gig. Oh, and “The Amazing Centristman”, that’s just too goddamn’ much, man… and that summary of Centrists, Democrats and Republicans, that frickin’ kills, man. It’s like you were reading my mind.

    Oh, and congrats on the Cartoon Movement piece, too, and welcome aboard. I’ve been on there since February; I’ve posted a bunch of stuff that’s gone over really well, and managed to score a couple of feature slots. It’s actually really fun being one of maybe eight or ten American cartoonists at a site full of artists from Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East; I really love checking out all the different viewpoints from outside the US, and all the really cool drawing styles — especially some really great stuff from some guys working out of Athens, Kiev and Prague.

    Hope to see more of you over there soon!

    PS @ Raildog:
    Actually, I always really dug Ted Rall’s style, but, yeah… when you read his tweets, it’s either self-promotion, or some kind of downer shit. His blog’s OK, but I wish he wouldn’t take shit so seriously all the time. He really needs to lighten the hell up. Besides, how can he be Lord Of The Altie Cartoonists when I was reading “Life In Hell” in the Washington DC CityPaper in 1988?

  5. Thanks, everybody!

    Mike – I’m not actually on Cartoon Movement’s roster, it was just an article about the Times commissioning original cartoons of their own. Although international in their appeal, my dick n’ fart jokes don’t count as “journalism.”

    Ted’s a good friend, and relentless supporter of my work. Everyone in this business, from opinion slingers to pure humorists all have a bit of egomaniac in them. Including myself. Otherwise I’d just draw and write shit in a journal I keep under a mattress.

  6. Oh, shit, yeah, man; you can dress it up in all kinds of talk about expressing the human condition ‘n’shit, but when you get right down to it, the main purpose of art is to get everybody to “hey, DIG ME!” …especially actors. musicians, and comedians; George Carlin even says as much in his famous “class clown” routine. Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali created a lot of seriously thought-provoking work in their time, but when you check out their whole artist’s-life-as-a-work-of-art thing, it’s totally “DIG ME!”.

    Re: dick’n’fart jokes as journalism: Maybe they aren’t journalism on their own, but dick’n’fart gags about, say, Dominique Strauss-Kahn — now, THAT’S journalism.

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