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!

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