Tag Archives: Matt Bors

1,461 Days Later…

Hi there, boys and girls! Do you know what today is? That’s right campers, it’s the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY of this blog!

(Insert pause here to allow for the thunderous applause, whooping and whistling to die down and give everybody a chance to take their seats again.)

Yes, it was back in the dim dark days of 2013. Mitt Romney was still coming to grips with his own election defeat. President Barack Obama was considering arming Syrian rebels. The U-S was telling Mexico any trade deal would have to be tied to immigration reform. Any of this sound eerily familiar?

And a temporarily unemployed former radio announcer from Pittsburgh set out to kill a little of his extra free time by trying his hand at blogging.

We were living in a much simpler era. Humorous signs that used to be confined to cubicles in the office have since taken on much more sinister meanings.

For example:

crazytoworkhere-300x206

…is now the unofficial motto of both the White House and Congress. Whereas:

Idliketohelpyouout

…is now the unofficial motto of the US Departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security.

Four years ago, if I wanted to treat my online followers to dinner, all I’d have needed was a single booth at the local diner. Today, I’d probably need to book something at Chuck E Cheese, assuming we didn’t mind sharing the place simultaneously with a few children’s birthday parties.

But it’s been worth every penny.

I’ve had the chance to stretch my writing talent (and, occasionally, to sprain it,) to become acquainted with new people all over the world (some of whom live in the most unexpected places,) and just generally acquire my sea legs in an emerging medium. And I haven’t done it alone.

Some very talented people have contributed to this effort. I try to always make it clear that the cartoonists get credit for their unique gifts; folks like Rick Stevens, Arianna Stefannini (“Kotopopi,”) Jen Sorensen, Matt Lubchansky, Matt Bors, Rob Rogers and, of course, Tom Tomorrow.

My wife and daughter get credit for tolerating this obsession.

But it is the support and encouragement of my fellow bloggers which has proven to be so important. They have set an example and given me more than a little idea of what works and what doesn’t.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t express my thanks to the President of the United States.

Every artist must have a muse.

Over the past two years #EmperorDonaldTheLast has been a fertile source of ideas such as I would never have imagined four years ago when I set out on this project.

His singular level of absurdity, audacity, lack of grace and mind-boggling sheer stupidity make this exercise an unalloyed pleasure.

Donald, I couldn’t have done it without you!

And now we return to our regular programming…

amazon-echo-look-1-e10

1hehe105

1hehe101

Please help me to celebrate this anniversary bigly by liking, sharing and commenting, via the handy-dandy widget buttons below… So important…

Annnnnnd I’m out.

Birthday Musings

Some Thoughts Further Along the Timeline

Gosh!   Has it really been a year already?   Wow!

366 days ago (remember, it was a leap year,) I had no idea how much change was in store.

We were about to weather an ice storm which would shut the town down for almost three straight days.

The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup.

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series!

2013-world-series-trophy-442x600

And something else happened; if only I could recall what it was…  Oh yeah, that’s right!…

Everybody thought the election in November would boil down to a contest between Clinton and Bush.

We were a simple people. It was a simple time in our history.  And now we know:

👉 About 46% of us are still a simple people! 👈

As one of my former Radio colleagues used to say on his morning talk show almost two decades ago, “Paging George Orwell!”

George-Orwell-001
Eric Blair, better known to the world by his pen name, George Orwell

I suppose it goes without saying that, as simple people go, some are simpler than others.  Take this map of the world as seen by the new federal administration:

1-inzidw5wjpskob0vhdpegg
A View of the World, as Seen by Emperor Donald the Last

Let’s change the subject shall we?  Oh, yes please!…

My wife and I are more in love than ever after 11-and-a-half years. Our daughter is blossoming into a beautiful and truly awesome young lady. Tiny Pochapin is as devoted as ever. Whatever may happen outside these walls, that will never change.

I have transitioned from a desktop PC to a tablet computer (a TC (?)) and have developed a shaky talent for typing with two fingers on a miniaturized keyboard equipped (or as I prefer to think of it, “booby trapped,”) with a dangerous autocorrect feature.  It hasn’t managed to sneak anything by me yet, but it’s only a matter of time…

trumpmoon-kamensky

My work continues to keep me busy, but I still manage to carve out a little time to write.

I’m proud to say I’ve invented a new word, Trumpid™©®, and a couple of hashtags, #ThanksVladimir and #EmperorDonaldTheLast.

I onced fantasized about writing a monumental novel that would move people deeply and alter the course of their lives. Now I’m satisfied to spit out a hashtag that struggles to achieve a couple days’ currency.

ds232

My thanks go out to the many talented artists, such as Tom Tomorrow, Rick Stevens, Kotopopi and Matt Bors, who have blessed this blog with their own genuinely extraordinary gifts over the past year.

In fact, it’s been too long since Matt Bors’ talent has graced this blog..

Last month my Mother passed away at the age of 90. That was a challenge, but my family was there for me to help me meet it.

She never saw this blog, but I know she would have approved of it inasmuch as I learned progressive pragmatism at her knee.

But death didn’t just touch my nuclear family. For Baby Boomers like myself, the Grim Reaper seemed to gallop straight through the heart of our popular culture, as not just David Bowie but Maurice White, Buckwheat Zydeco, Alan Rickman (my favorite “Galaxy Quest” character) and…

prince

Prince!

My God, the way that man moved around the stage, he had to be in prime physical shape… except for the painkillers. But still, he was almost 10 years younger than I am!

I mean, what am I still doing here?

Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds…

Mary.

129190-004-c4cf1994
I SO would have married her in a minute!…

Mary F**king Tyler Moore!

Where is the justice?

Oh, and this just in!… or out…

Sir John Hurt!

johnhurt1
John Hurt and Derek Jacobi 40 years ago relishing a scene together in the BBC production “I, Claudius” as nephew Caligula and his uncle Claudius. Their characters would both be emperors of Rome before the series concluded.

Man! This is turning into one casualty-intensive year! The man who channeled Caligula, Winston Smith,

John Merrick and the poor Kane, himself the first casualty in the sci-fi action-thriller “Alien” franchise.

Let me tell you something…

I would trade ALL of the Desperate Housewives AND throw in the entire cast of Jersey Shore PLUS most of the Republican National Committee AND the entire present day White House staff (ESPECIALLY Kellyanne “They made me read “Nineteen Eighty-Four” in college but I never really got it” Conway) just to get all of these departed talents back.

It would be a bargain, and…

Admit it, just between us, who’d miss ’em?

Finally, perhaps, here’s a purported White House Press Corp flow chart intended to help the dishonest media stay oriented:

fascist-move-or-dick-move-1-62b5da

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I rest my case.

Until next year.

monogram-for-the-coffin
Your assurance of quality… pretty much…

Matt Bors and KOTOPOPI! On Motives and Halloween!

Well, it’s been a little while since we posted anything from the talented Mr. Mat Bors… So, to make up for that unintentional deficit, while also touching briefly on a topic of some moment…

Having now dispensed with that nagging question, let us return to more cheerful thoughts of the season. That’s your cue, KOTOPOPI!…

halloween-special-2

VS:

halloween-special-3

halloween-special-9

The three panels above are merely a short portion of a most remarkable post!  The original post includes descriptive prose concerning carnival traditions in different European cities, including some most impressive photos.

When your kids ask you what Halloween is like elsewhere, you and they will find this most illuminating. I recommend it highly!

Please see it in its entirety HERE:

http://www.kotopopi.com/halloween-vs-carnival/

And that’s all for now, my friends! Please take good care!

monogram-for-the-coffin

White House History, Revisited

One of our more regular contributors is Matt Bors.

In this outing, the onetime Pittsburgher looks through a glass darkly at how Fox News – and one commentator in particular – chooses to view a small slice of American History…

Matt Bors the-case-for-refutations-1-f7e29b

Matt Bors the-case-for-refutations-2-be5403

Matt Bors the-case-for-refutations-3-102027

Matt Bors the-case-for-refutations-4-c7f048

Please continue to visit this blog and know you have my gratitude!

See you next time!

Internet of Rage

Have you noticed a certain element in our shared online life experience?

A certain … rush to judgement?

Matt Bors has…

Matt Bors Animus Kingdom 1

Matt Bors Animus Kingdom 2

Matt Bors Animus Kingdom 3

Matt Bors Animus Kingdom 4

And once again, America leads the way!

As always, so VERY much, thank you for visiting!

Something Different

For once, we turn to a different political cartoonist.

Matt Bors has a unique style and a delicious sense of humor; I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do.  And now, without further ado…

The Donald Trump Mysteries!

Donald Trump Mysteries 1

Donald Trump Mysteries 2

Donald Trump Mysteries 3

Donald Trump Mysteries 4

Blogger’s Note: Matt Bors was born in Canton, Ohio and attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (making him a fellow yinzer once removed from yours truly.)  In his career he’s been a Pulitzer Prize finalist and editor of the online cartoon forum The Nib. In his early 30’s, he makes his home in Portland, Oregon.

Thanks for your visit; please return soon!