Good Time For A Shoulder Rub


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I had a very easy time coming up with cartoon ideas last week. I don’t think I struggled for any ideas for the nine cartoons I drew (except the one I drew for The Indy because local issues are usually a little more difficult).

Tonight however I had a difficult time. I walked around my little studio all day trying to think of an idea and nothing was clicking. Around midnight I made a pot of coffee. Before I was halfway done with the first cup I got this idea.

Ah, coffee. The nectar of cartoon ideas. Of course now I’m gonna be up all night but I’ll sacrifice sleep for a cartoon idea.

I am a bit concerned this idea may not be a good one. The reader will have to know Biden is famous for his awkward shoulder rubs. Not everyone is a political geek like me.

Who’s Excited For The GOP Debate?


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I had a tough time with this angle. I penciled and erased four or five times. I’m surprised I didn’t ruin the paper. Then I took a ball point and drew it in my notebook and it turned out how I wanted. Sheesh. I went from there.

I drew too many cartoons this week. Not really, but more than required. I promise my syndication clients four a week. I gave them seven. I also drew custom cartoons for The Independent in St. George, Utah (that will run Sunday) and The Daily Dot (which was my last cartoon for The Daily Dot).

I don’t think I’m just giving my clients quantity here. Sometimes I can’t stop drawing. I really don’t have anything else to do other than play with the Beagle and my guitars. I’d rather draw cartoons than feed the trolls on social media.

I might take tomorrow off.

Big Game OverCompensating


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So this dentist from Minnesota goes to Zimbabwe and shoots a famous lion. The jerk claims he didn’t know he was doing anything wrong while luring the lion, wearing a collar, out of a protected habitat. This isn’t far removed from shooting fish in a barrel. It’s not even hunting. It’s just killing. That’s a sport?

A friend of the dentist was on CNN defending the manly hunter. He said hunting was their heritage and it’s how they grew up. I’m sorry but I can’t believe you grew up in Minnesota hunting and eating lions. If you’re gonna shoot anything while growing up in Minnesota your targets are gonna be deer, badgers and Packer fans. Don’t cha know?

These guys also state how people who didn’t grow up in a hunting culture can’t understand hunting big game for sport. First thing, Tiny Johnson, it’s not a sport when only one person is playing. Let the lion hunt you and the only one who’ll think it’s a sport will be the lion. Second, I grew up in Louisiana. Louisiana calls itself the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” I grew up around guns and hunters. I even tried hunting when I was a kid and I failed to see the sport in it. I also didn’t like the part that entailed waking up early to freeze my butt off in a tree at 5:00 AM. So no, despite growing up in a hunting and gun culture I can’t see the desire in killing something beautiful and majestic and hanging its head on my wall. Then again, some might question whether I’m even good at being a Southern boy. I don’t even like grits.

I’m not anti hunting. I do believe it has its place. I know it helps prevent overpopulating deer. Some people actually eat what they kill. When I was a kid my Uncle Rock (he really looked like a rock) always had deer, squirrel and duck in a freezer. If you went to his house you ate. He had a gun cabinet, always locked, with guns he used for hunting. He didn’t have an AR-15 or an AK47. He mostly had shotguns and he never felt the need to carry his guns into a coffee shop or advertise he had guns. I also don’t recall any animal trophies on his walls. So there is a hunting culture that is healthy and even beneficial to the environment. Shooting a lion is not a part of that. Perhaps if some of these big game guys shot themselves that’d be beneficial the environment.

I do think these big game hunters are overcompensating for something. You really gotta have a tiny thingy and too much money to spend $50,000, fly half way around the world to kill something.  On that note, anyone who has to own a bunch of guns, brag about their guns and carry them into a grocery store has got to be really struggling below the belt.

They make pills for that. They’re blue. Look it up.

I did have another idea for this topic. I actually liked it. Its only fault was that it wasn’t insulting hunters’ and gun nuts’ penis size.

More Republican Crazy Talk


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My friend and fellow cartoonist Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution drew a great cartoon on GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s “oven door remark.” He drew Huckabee making the statement on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice. It was the kind of idea I wish I had thought of except there’s one problem.

Huckabee is not an apprentice when it comes to stupid statements. He made a comment recently about transgenders saying he wishes he could have used that excuse in high school to shower with girls. Hang in there, Huckster. Maybe someday a girl will want to shower with you.

He once compared his weight loss to being in a concentration camp.

Continuing on the Holocaust theme he once compared it to abortion.

He once asked if Mormons believe Jesus and the Devil are brothers.

He congratulated Canada on their National Igloo (Canada doesn’t have a national igloo).

Then there was the time he compared being gay to bestiality and pedophilia and said “I think the radical view is to say that we’re going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal.”

Did you hear about the time he claimed that the Newtown shooting was because “we systematically removed God from our schools.”

When it comes to crazy, stupid and just odd statements, Mike Huckabee is no apprentice.