Thursday, December 6, 2018

Cartoon of the Day: One Toke Over the Line?

Crain's Detroit Business, December 3
The majority of Michigan voters OK'd recreational use of marijuana a month ago. Now, state officials just have to sort out licensing regulations, applicable taxes and other details relating to sales and distribution. Never underestimate the power of bureaucracy to screw up a good thing! Note: the character on the right is completely fictional. He's not, nor is he based on, anybody I know!
That's the Point!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: Thanks(giving) for Everything!

The News-Herald, November 21
Every year, for 30 Thanksgivings, I've penned a cartoon like today's for The News-Herald to celebrate all the people and topics that have inspired editorial cartoons for which I'm thankful. This was an especially rewarding year, because throughout the year, I had the chance to celebrate 30 years of editorial cartoons with News-Herald readers and staff members through columns and at local events. And there's more to come. I have a column running in December, reflecting on Christmas Downriver decades ago, and we're planning something special for readers at the annual Salvation Army Fill-the-Truck toy, food and clothing drive. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm looking forward to beginning my 31st year in January!
That's the Point!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Cartoon of the Day: I'd be lyin' if I said I expect a win from the Lions on Thanksgiving Day

Crain's Detroit Business - November 19
I've had many IMs, texts and a couple of emails from friends asking if I'm embarrassed, because this cartoon ran today in Crain's Detroit Business, the day after an unexpected win by the Detroit Lions over the Carolina Panthers in a dominant, decisive performance with a final score of 20-19. "It looks like they've turned it around!" wrote one. Another went so far as to point out that the Lions still have a mathematical chance of winning their division, or at least making the playoffs. I can't vouch for that argument because I didn't understand his equation. I studied Fine Art and History at Wayne State because there was no math requirement.

But, back to my answer to everyone, "no." No, I'm not embarrassed. No, I don't regret doing the cartoon. These Lions always win one when it's least expected, and they always return to their losing ways. I still think it won't only be the turkey that's carved on Thanksgiving.
That's the Point! 

Off the Drawing Board:
Today's cartoon pays tribute to one of my mentors and a good friend - cartoonist Larry Wright. Larry passed away in 2017. He created "Wright Angles," "Kit 'N' Carlyle," and he penned editorial cartoons for The Detroit News Op-Ed page. Larry had the patience to let a young college cartoonist sit in his office and ask dumb questions, and he was kind enough to let that kid play on his softball team years later. When I think of things I'm thankful for, Larry's kindness and encouragement are near the top of the list.
Oh, and it's Larry's turkey, from his annual Wright Angles Thanksgiving cartoon strip, who's talking with Matthew Stafford!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Cartoon of the Day: (Make) Time to Vote!

Crain's Detroit Business - November 5
Many metro Detroit area businesses will give employees either time off during the day to vote, or the day off entirely to vote. If you're fortunate enough to work for one of those companies, use the time to VOTE. And, if you don't get paid time off to vote, find time to VOTE on your own time. The polls open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. - and if you're in line at 8 p.m. you WILL be allowed to vote, even if it's after 8 p.m. Review Michigan's voting regulations here: http://www.aclumich.org/campaign/voting-rights/know-your-voting-rights#VotingOnElectionDay.

And one final comment - it's important that we blue it on Tuesday, or we may wake up on Wednesday and find we blew it.
That's the Point!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Cartoon of the Day: An Extra Hour to Study

The News-Herald, November 4
We all gained an hour today, when we set our clocks back to Eastern Standard Time. How will you use your extra hour? How about taking an extra 60 minutes to study the November 6 ballot? Get to know the candidates, get to know the issues and the ballot proposals; and then, on Tuesday, cast an informed vote and prove our system works!
That's the Point!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Cartoons of the Week: Primary Concern

The News-Herald, August 5

Crain's Detroit Business, August 6
My primary concern for Tuesday, August 7 is voter turnout. It's disturbingly low for General Elections, and often embarrassingly low for Primary Elections. I've heard many summertime excuses - it's too hot, it's raining, I was away on vacation, I had golf, it's not important until November. The last one is particularly annoying. The choices we have in November are dictated by the decisions that (very few) voters make in August.
 
Get out and vote - I don't care if you're a Democrat, a Republican, a Green, a Liberal, a Progressive, or an Independent - VOTE. It's a right, sure; but more importantly, it's a responsibility - to yourself, your family, your community, your state and your country. A little homework to be informed and a little adjustment of your summer schedule to make it to the polls is not much of a sacrifice to make.
That's the Point!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: Independence Daze

The News Herald - July 4
As we celebrate the founding of the greatest county ever established (always was, is now, doesn't need to be "made great" again), the current political and social climate makes me wonder what the founders would think of us now. If they had access to social media, I think they might just weigh in on the debate today!
That's the Point!