Costa Rica

Cementazo Christmas


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I usually wait a week after I draw a cartoon for The Costa Rica Star before I post it on my site. But, since this has a Christmas theme I’m really not going to wanna see it again after today. I’m not a fan of Christmas clichés used in cartoons, like the naughty list or Santa’s lap, even when I use them.

Do me a favor. Click on the Star’s link above just so they get a hit for this cartoon today. It won’t hurt as they don’t run an annoying video or pop-ups on their site like the ones here.

I’ll be posting a new cartoon in an hour or so. Yes, I’m drawing today. I have deadlines. Besides, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself otherwise.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

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Sticky Marchamo


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This cartoon was published December 1 in The Costa Rica Star.

In Costa Rica, the government makes you purchase an annual Marchamo sticker for your car. It’s basically a property tax based on the value of the vehicle. In the United States, you can usually look forward to the tax bill on your vehicle being cheaper next year. Not so in Costa Rica. For some reason, the value of your vehicle often increases in Costa Rica. Many believe it’s based on how much revenue the government wants to create.

The money is supposed to go toward the infrastructure, like roads. But, nobody ever sees improvement on the roads.

Some people believe the money actually goes toward Christmas bonuses, called “Aguinaldo.” The Aguinaldo is not based on performance and is a “13th” month salary paid to every salaried employee, government and private, documented and undocumented, in the nation. It’s a law. The president of the Banco de Costa Rica (a government bank) will receive a $50,000 Christmas bonus.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Costa Rica Hooker Fire Sale


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This cartoon was published November 24, at The Costa Rica Star. I still have one more cartoon I drew for the Star I need to post here.

The Hotel Del Rey in San Jose is well-known as a place to find a prostitute. It’s not even an open secret and prostitution is legal in Costa Rica. They market themselves just as that. The place is full of clubs and there are other websites that provide tips on how to go about finding a prostitute without getting ripped off. Hey, I research.

It seems a lot of the women are not local to Costa Rica, with many being Russian. That makes me concerned if sex trafficking is part of this equation.

Anyway, there was a fire at the hotel which probably ruined trips for lots of gringos. That’s too bad. They should probably go fishing anyway.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Tourism For Dummies


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This cartoon was published last week in The Costa Rica Star.

Several tourists hiking along a volcano in Costa Rica went beyond the warning signs and became stranded. Four Dutch tourists and one Costa Rican guide were caught in a rock slide after ignoring the signs. There were various injuries, including multiple bruises, a leg injury, a damaged arm, and a broken collarbone.

The complicated rescue was hampered by the terrain, cold, and rain. Fortunately for them, the volcano didn’t erupt. There have been times this year when as many as four have been erupting at once.

The only shocking information from this is that the tourists weren’t from the United States. They sound like Trump voters.

Tourists get on my nerves in Virginia. I can only imagine how aggravated you’ll become with them when they not only put their lives at risk, but also those of rescue personnel.

One of my favorite bumper stickers I’ve seen in Fredericksburg reads, “Tourists, go home. Leave your daughters.”

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Electric In Costa Rica


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Here is last week’s cartoon for The Costa Rica Star. Electric cars are coming to Costa Rica. The Central-American nation is one of the world’s friendliest to the environment, so it’s no surprise they want more electric cars on their streets. There are fewer than 100 electrics on the streets now, but they say that more than half of the nation’s cars will be electric in ten years.

How serious is the nation? They’ve set up a station where consumers can charge their cars for free. The first is a prototype and out of the way for most people, but it presents how serious they are. Eventually, these stations will be hotels, airports, resorts, etc.

I’m kinda enticed by the idea of a car that doesn’t use gas, never needs an oil change because there’s no oil, no radiator, muffler, or the problems with emissions.

Creative note: I took yesterday off, watched the newest Pirates of the Caribbean movie and “The Big Sick,” and ate ice cream. New cartoon coming Monday morning. I go through withdrawal too.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Costa Rica Choo-Choo


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I drew this cartoon for The Costa Rica Star. I draw two cartoons a month for The Star. This was published last Monday. There’s a new one that was published Saturday and I’ll post that one here next weekend.

Lately, I haven’t even discussed issues with the editors at the Star. I read up on local subjects and then I throw ideas at them, from which they approve one. I do a lot of research for every cartoon.

The government announced they were going to spend $52 million on new trains, which sounds like a better idea than building useless border walls. Meanwhile, Pequeno Mundo, a store popular with tourists, was raided by Costa Rica’s police forces on suspicion they were selling knock-off name-brand products. I don’t think the store has actually been charged with anything yet.

I had a big to-do list today despite it being Sunday. I had to invoice my clients, posts these three cartoons, and do a few other chores on the business side of operating your own syndicate. Later tonight, I’ll actually draw a new cartoon for you. I haven’t decided what I’m doing yet.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

A Costa Rican Morning After


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This is last week’s cartoon for The Costa Rican Star. I have since drawn another, which was published on Friday. You’ll see that one here next week. Until then, go visit the Star’s site.

Health authorities are talking about allowing the Morning-After Pill to be used in Costa Rica. Say what now? Currently, you can’t get the pill in that nation?

Heads up, vacationers. Leave your smart phone at home as I don’t care to see your vacation slides all over Facebook, and take birth control with you. We all know you’re going to be doing more than sight seeing sloths and toucans.

If you go to a pharmacy in the nation for birth control, you will be denied and may get a snotty lecture that’s not going to be helpful in any way toward your situation. You can buy birth control pills on the black market, but how are you to know it’s actually what they claim it is, and not a Flinstones? Psst. If it’s pink and in the shape of Bam-Bam, you’re gonna have your own little Pebbles.

They do allow condoms to be sold in Costa Rica, but I’ve been told that you will want to bring your own. You don’t go cheap with condoms, and you may not find the kind you want in Costa Rica. Again, Bam-Bam.

While birth control for women is illegal, it’s a good thing they do allow condoms because prostitution is legal. How does that make any sense? They defend themselves as being a Catholic country, so their morals don’t allow YOU to practice safe sex…but their morals do allow you to sell your ass and be victimized by a sex industry.

Costa Rica is leading the world in environmental initiatives, if you don’t look at their rivers. They can at least catch up to the present-day world when it comes to sex.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.