Monday, May 18, 2020

Cartoon of the Week: COVID-19 and Our New (Ab)Normal

Crain's Detroit Business, May 18
This is the 24th COVID-19 focused cartoon that I've done since mid-March (combined, for both Crain's Detroit Business and The News-Herald). I've looked at closed schools, closed businesses, economic uncertainty, local health care heroes, work-from-home challenges, and the "new," or "next" normal for our society. All pretty serious. This time, I was able to take a light-hearted look. Not at COVID-19, there's still nothing to smile about in that regard. I celebrated an iconic Detroit springtime event that is NOT being canceled, and has found a way, albeit a different way, to provide us some bit of normalcy in a time that's anything but. Thanks to my CDB editor, Michael Lee, for going along with this. I needed the spiritual lift!
That's the Point!

Off the Drawing Board: An alternative, and also light-hearted take, that I thought of for this week. As colleges and universities across the state consider how to reopen in the fall, I wondered how the COVID-19 factor might change college logo wear designs!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Cartoon of the Day: Hometown Pandemic Heroes

The News-Herald, April 8
This cartoon is traditionally my Wednesday-before-Thanksgiving cartoon, highlighting all the people and things for which I'm thankful over the previous months. Well, these previous weeks FEEL like months, but there's still much for which we can be thankful. People who go above and beyond in all the professions and jobs that sustain us, neighbors who - through kindness and compassion - look after each other and their neighborhoods, and simple things and activities that are often overlooked. While we navigate this unprecedented time in our lives, it's OK - important, really - to celebrate the good around us!
That's the Point!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

It's April - No Fooling

The News-Herald, April 1
I think everybody feels like this today. April Fool's Day was always one of my favorite not-a-holiday days of the year. I always enjoyed being a prankster - as a kid, and then later as a parent. Ask my kids about some of the elaborate pranks they suffered on this day growing up. Actually, it's better if you don't.

As we enter a new month of what we know will be 30 days of "Stay Home. Stay Safe." and Social Distancing, I'm trying to look forward to when we've been through the worst of COVID-19 and we can return to just being "Social." Then, we'll be able to catch up on all the celebrations we've missed together. And please forgive me if you're a victim of a harmless prank in mid-August and I shout, "April Fool!"
That's the Point!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Coronavirus and Us

Crain's Detroit Business, March 23

The News-Herald, March 22

The News-Herald, March 25
Cartoons are certainly not an "essential service," but I'm fortunate to be able to continue my work for Crain's Detroit Business and The News-Herald during the crisis we're all living through. The underlying message in the stuff I've done so far, and will do in the weeks to come, is simple - be safe, be well, be kind and care for one another. Policies, bailouts and executive orders notwithstanding - that's what will save us.
That's the Point!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Cartoon of the Week: You Bet!

Crain's Detroit Business, February 10
MLB, for decades, has prohibited team owners from operating a casino business. That's why the Motorcity Casino is owned by Marian Ilitch, but she doesn't have any official ownership stake in the Detroit Tigers. After the May 2018 Supreme Court decision that ended the federal ban on sports betting, and the growth of legal sports betting, MLB is considering a rules change. Will it really matter in Detroit? Will there be thousands of bettors lining up to place money on the Ilitch-owned home team to win?
That's the Point!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Cartoon of the Week: You Gotta' Have Art!

Crain's Detroit Business - January 27
Celebrity endorsements are an important component of fund raising campaigns. As the Detroit Institute of Arts millage renewal vote approaches on March 10, the DIA has recruited its "A Team" to appeal to voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.
That's the Point!

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!"