Thursday, January 2, 2020

Missing January's 'Car Prom'

Crain's Detroit Business, December 23
With the move of Detroit's North American International Auto Show to June, the Charity Preview is being reimagined, including a more casual component to take place outdoors on the riverfront. Personally, I'm missing the traditional January "Car Prom." It was our chance, in the darkness of Detroit winter, to dress up in formalwear and shine for an evening.
That's the Point!

Off the Drawing Board: I shared these two concepts with my editor and my final cartoon evolved from a little of each. I wish I could have included the secondary punch line, "... trading my parka and hand sanitizer for shades and sunscreen!"

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

I'm Thankful for These ... and for YOU!

The News-Herald, November 27
This is my annual Thanksgiving "best wishes" cartoon to my Downriver readers. Without all of them, there would be no local editorial cartoons in The News-Herald. For more than 31 years, I've been fortunate to celebrate their successes, share their struggles and comment on Life Downriver. I'm forever thankful for that opportunity - and for my readers!
That's the Point!

Also on the Drawing Board this week: I reminded Downriver readers that while they're happily shopping online to make holiday wishes come true, there are those within the community - with hearts two sizes too small - plotting to steal those special gifts right from their porches!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Michigan Autumn - When the Leaves Turn and the Politicians Turn on Each Other

Crain's Detroit Business, October 7
One of the best things about living in Michigan is the changing of the seasons, and we can always be sure that as the leaves turn in autumn, our politicians will turn on each other in budget season.
That's the Point!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

A Little Less Pumpkin Spice (Yay!)

The News-Herald, October 2
With Michigan's ban on flavored vapes taking effect at the start of autumn, at least we're spared a little bit of pumpkin spice in the air!
That's the Point!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Cartoon of the Week: 'Tasteless' Vaping

Crain's Detroit Business - September 9
We've legalized marijuana, but now banned flavored vaping. It's important to protect the health of minors - I'm a father and grandfather, so that's my concern as well. But I wonder if tighter enforcement might have been the answer. Don't come after my maple flavored Crown Royal!
That's the Point!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: It's Complicated

The Daily Tribune - May 8, 1984
With the passing of L. Brooks Patterson, the longest-serving Oakland County Executive, many people in the metro area are thinking about his complicated legacy. A champion of Oakland County and proud of the team of professionals he recruited who guided the county to financial stability and growth, he was a controversial - often divisive - figure as well. My relationship with him was complicated too. Beginning in May of 1984, he never hesitated to let me know if he disagreed with one of my editorial cartoons. He never complained about them - he just let me know I was wrong.

That said, he also appreciated the role of editorial cartoonists - he even had a couple of my originals; and I was always happy to support The Rainbow Connection, the children's charity he founded in 1985.

And it gets more complicated. As a corporate communications director for Tier 1 automotive suppliers from the late 1990s until 2017, I worked closely with him and his team on economic development and international business issues in Oakland County. He was a sincere and enthusiastic supporter of Oakland County businesses.

L. Brooks Patterson was one of a kind - and that certainly means different things to different people. One thing's for sure - it's going to be different without him. Especially for one local editorial cartoonist.
That's the Point!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Cartoon of the Week: Powerless!

Crain's Detroit Business - July 29
Summer in metro Detroit has its seasonal challenges - humidity, thunderstorms, the occasional threat of a tornado and ever mosquitos on warm summer nights. But, no matter what Mother Nature throws at us at this time of year, the most frustrating seasonal challenge (especially when it threatens the food in your refrigerator/freezer and means sleeping without air conditioning) is being powerless. No "juice," gone dark. Sometimes it's understandable - high wind, a down tree … sometimes, however, it's unexpected and - apparently to us - inexplicable. And, when we can't get accurate information about when it might be restored … well, that brings me back to being "powerless!"
That's the Point!