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.
…is now the unofficial motto of both the White House and Congress. Whereas:
…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…
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.
Okay, no threat of selfish or portentous thoughts this time! Your humble blogger has returned to the tried and true.
Please enjoy the pretty pictures!…
Thanks to Rick Stevens for permission to repost his “Diesel Sweeties” online comic here!
Matt Lubchansky weighs in on the topic of the American Healthcare Act…
Thanks to all who visit this blog!
Please hurry back soon!
It’s been practically two months since the Trump inauguration. The standing of the United States has dropped steeply and swiftly.
The news has been filled with details of a White House in chaos and a President whose lack of engagement rivals that of Louis the XVI.
He has wasted no time betraying the desperate working poor who helped to elect him and his administration spends most of its time denying reality.
Appointees are selected seemingly without concern for their backgrounds or their fitness or their competency.
Can you tell I’m a little depressed over this?
Let’s cheer ourselves up with Tom Tomorrow…
Of course, when it comes to escapism via mayhem, Rick Stevens is usually a trustworthy refuge…
Let’s hear from Matt Lubchansky, who comments on the current U-S Attorney General, Jeff Sessions…
Okay, I admit it, I’m still pretty bummed out here.
But the world is not without hope!
Children are still being born and still being loved and still love. The days are now longer than the nights and will continue that way for about 6 more months.
And with every misguided and misanthropic step he takes, the 45th President of the United States cements his destiny as a one-term president.
Once his political base wakes up to their harsh new reality, his fate is sealed.
Now, could we please lighten up the mood a little around here?…
That’s more like it!
😊 😏 😎
As always, I thank the artists whose work appears in this humble blog.
Also, thanks to you, gentle visitor!
Please know that your humble blogger thrives on your approval, so please make my day by liking, sharing, commenting, etc., below.
Please return soon!
And so can people!
First up, Rick Stevens and “Diesel Sweeties”:
Of course, there’s a reason both species have a reputation for being stubborn:
Okay, so much for felines and their companions, let’s move on to something almost as universal, courtesy of contributor Matt Lubchansky:
Some of the folks who actually return to this humble blog voluntarily may be wondering why we haven’t gotten around to something by Tom Tomorrow..
Well, to them I say:
And, in closing, please return soon!
Remember, the CIA, the NSA, the FBI, the RCMP, the White House, MI-5, #10 Downing Street, the Kremlin and probably the Salvation Army as well already know you’ve visited this humble (and inoffensive) blog.
(And don’t get too smart in front of your Samsung smart TV…)
First, thanks to everybody who took the time to reach out to me during my birthday. It was greatly appreciated.
Now, let’s get down to business!..
This time out, we bring you new art from Tom Tomorrow, Rick Stevens and Matt Lubchansky…
Next, let’s visit with Uncle Rick…
Matt Lubchansky shows us how a favorite presidential claim about the opposition plays out in Real Life…
Thanks to every artist whose gifts appear here and thanks to YOU for coming, thanks for liking, thanks for sharing and thanks in advance for your next visit!
By the time November 8th arrives, the U-S Electorate may have a serious case of tranquilizer dependent depressive anxiety. And if you think there’s no such thing, that just means it’s not November 8th, 2016 … yet…
Let’s kick off today’s proceedings with a contribution from Matt Lubchansky!
And now, let’s take a look at some of the latest thought from Rick Stevens and the ever-cynical Crimson Automaton!
As always my thanks go out to some immensely talented artists!
And more thanks for all the wonderful folks ALL AROUND THE WORLD who are making it a regular part of their day to come visit this humble blog! Please return for more new material very soon!
It’s been awhile since Matt Lubchansky‘s special brand of cartoon art has graced these pages! It’s an oversight on my part, not on his…
Please permit me to make amends with this elegant submission which combines at least one or two Science Fiction tropes with a delightful view on current events in the political arena…
I tend to harp on the societal and the political because, frankly, they frequently lend themselves to this kind of satire. Matt Lubchansky‘s deft touch adds an extra layer of polish to the proceedings!
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See you next time!
…until the Cleveland Circus opens next month. Or am I thinking of the Republican National Convention?
There’s at least an even chance the GOP may attempt to wrest the nomination away from the presumptive nominee, so I think we need to make hay while the sun shines.
And it seems editorial cartoonist Matt Lubchansky agrees…
Behold, “The Hand of Clod“!
If you are reading this in the United States, please have a happy and safe Independence Day Holiday next week!
And as always, thank you for your visit and please return to see the next post very soon!
Here, once again, is a different editorial cartoonist, Matt Lubchansky. I sincerely hope you enjoy his work…