I got a really cool compliment last week from an editor in Tennessee. He told me that I didn’t usually run in the pack but when I did I would do something different. I’ll take that.
There’s going to be a lot of times when I draw a cartoon on the same subject a hundred other cartoonists are also covering. I saw a bunch of cartoons about the White House fence jumper and some of them were really good. Most of them were jokes without a message. I’ll do that from time to time. Since I saw so many that were just jokes I figured I’d throw something else in there. Plus, when I draw a cartoon that covers two subjects then I don’t really have to worry about neglecting or over-saturating one of the subjects later.
I found a lot of amusement from the global warming hearing last week in Congress. Hearing Republicans talk about science, and try to explain science to scientists is comedy writing itself. One congressman actually talked about how water doesn’t rise when ice melts in a glass of water. Of course this a party where a lot of members believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old and Jesus walked beside dinosaurs.
I’ve seen a lot of Facebook and Twitter posts about ice forming in the Arctic so that proves global warming isn’t real. These knuckleheads don’t realize ice forms every winter. Weather gets colder in Winter. It also gets warmer in Spring and Summer and thus ice melts again. I’m sorry if that sounds so elementary but conservatives need it explained…again.
There’s a difference between science and religion. Science is eventually backed with facts. Religion is supported by wanting to believe in something despite no amount of evidence supporting it. Faith is nice. It can be beautiful. But it shouldn’t replace facts that affect our environment.
By the way, that editor who complimented me: He did so while canceling my cartoon service. He explained I was competing against a service that provides dozen of cartoons on the cheap, and while they weren’t very good they were still cheap. He also explained I was liberal and his publication was in a red state in a strong military area….and his readers were getting angry at my cartoons. I know that’s true because I had a few of them come at me on Twitter after his paper ran a few of my cartoons. It comes with the territory. I also picked up a few papers this week. I’ll lose more. I’ll get more. I knew this when I fired my syndicate and became my own sales rep, accountant, bookkeeper, billing and on top of that…I gotta draw the cartoons.