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:

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!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: A Different Kind of War

Crain's Detroit Business - April 9
The Arsenal of Democracy is familiar with supporting a winning war effort, but is it equipped to survive a trade war in today's global economy?
That's the Point!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: Hoppy Easter - No Joking!

The News-Herald - April 1
It's no joke - Easter and April Fools Day coincide this year, but it isn't a joke when I extend my best wishes to my readers who are celebrating Easter!
That's the Point!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: The Signs Aren't Good

The News-Herald - March 21
I drew this signs of spring commentary for my Downriver readers, but it applies throughout metro Detroit. Signs of spring around here are no longer the return of migratory birds and emerging crocuses, they're orange barrels and depressing warnings to motorists like, "expect delays." The change of seasons means transitioning from pothole filling season to road construction season. Hang on, readers - it's going to be a bumpy ride to summer.
That's the Point! 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: A Pot(hole) Full O' Gold?!

The News-Herald - March 14
Although I drew this cartoon for Downriver readers, everyone in the metro Detroit area - everyone in Michigan, really - can relate. When you're driving to and from your St. Patrick's Day celebrations, watch out for the potholes - they aren't filled with gold!
That's the Point!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: 'Looped' In

Crain's Detroit Business - March 12
Given the current state of our metro Detroit roads, and the current state of our Tigers, is it really a good idea to consider a high-speed transportation system to connect us with another city that offers an art museum, a zoo and a professional baseball team?
That's the Point!

Off the Drawing Board: My first draft of this idea featured a different punch line. "Thank you," to my editor, Michael Lee, whose suggestion to explore others made for a better cartoon, and assured my safe passage through Ohio on my next trip.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: Time for a Change

The News-Herald - March 11

The older I get, the more personally I take the annual change to Daylight Saving Time. At my age, I can't afford to lose an hour, especially because (at my age) there's no guarantee I'll still be around in November to get it back!
That's the Point!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: The (Pot)hole Story

Crain's Detroit Business - February 26
For most retailers, Black Friday and the days that follow it in the holiday season are when they make most of their profits. Tires, shock absorbers, wheels and tie rods aren't popular holiday gifts; but because of the terrible condition of Michigan's roads, in pothole season, every day is Black Friday!
That's the Point!

Note: There is comprehensive and insightful coverage of the condition of Michigan's roads and the hazards and opportunities presented by the pothole problem drivers are facing in this week's Crain's Detroit Business. I'm happy to have today's cartoon be a small part of it.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: 'Weather' or Not You Want It, Winter is Here for a Few More Weeks

The News-Herald - January 31
Groundhog Day - our annual opportunity to blame a large rodent for our lingering cold, miserable weather. Even if spring is six weeks away, there's one sign of the season that we can count on to lift our spirits - pitchers and catchers report in less than two weeks, folks!
That's the Point!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: You Can't Get There From Here

Crain's Detroit Business - January 29
Following the brief region-wide team effort to compose the Amazon HQ2 bid, the metro area's top elected officials are back to sniping and confrontation about key issues including regional transit. Without viable, effective regional transit, Detroit's come-back and sustainable growth in the metro area will be impossible. Certainly, bridge and road infrastructure repairs and updates are needed, but that's only part of the equation. Personal mobility is changing and our thinking about mobility must also change. If not, we're going nowhere.

The future? You can't get there from here.
That's the Point!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: Autonomous Cars - 'Open the Car Door Alexa'

Crain's Detroit Business - January 15
The 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opened in Detroit this week, with its Media and Industry Preview Days. There was a time, not long ago, when the most important choice we made in considering a car was the color. Today, the most important choice is the car's onboard technology and its compatibility with the operating system of our mobile device and our connected home. To paraphrase a classic movie line, "Open the car door Alexa ..."
That's the Point!

Off the Drawing Board: I sketched three takes on autonomous driving and our relationship with home and vehicle technology for consideration by my editors at Crain's Detroit Business this week. I agreed with their thoughts that idea #2 best presented the scope of the relationship that's growing between us and Alexa, or Siri.
(... or HAL?) 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Cartoon of the Week: New Year, New Start

The News-Herald - December 31
Another New Year, another new start. This is the greeting I shared with my readers Downriver as we said goodbye to 2017 and welcomed 2018. The sentiment applies to all my friends and family as well. Look ahead, make some personal headlines. Like the newspapers in which my cartoons appear, not all headlines are happy, but the stories are ours to write. I hope all my readers, and all my family and friends are the authors of wonderful personal stories in 2018! Happy New Year!
That's the Point!