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Crocky Costa Rican Chompers


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For last week’s cartoon for The Costa Rica Star, we decided to take a short break from politics and get a little goofy.

Did you know there’s tourism dentistry in Costa Rica? A lot of people from the U.S. will combine their vacation with getting some dental work and save a few bucks. It might be a good idea, but you will want to research and read reviews to check out the type of dentist you’ve made a schedule with.

Check out this week’s cartoon for The Star, which I’ll post here next Sunday (if I remember).

Watch me draw.

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Costa Rica Border Defense


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This cartoon was published June 22, 2018, in The Costa Rica Star.

There’s a huge crisis happening in Nicaragua, a nation that borders Costa Rica. There is not a civil war going on, but a civic uprising where the president’s goons have killed more people than the dictator has in Venezuela.

The protests started over increased taxes and decreased benefits in the public pension system, it’s expanded to grievances over the amount of time Daniel Ortega has and will occupy the presidency, in addition to his wife being vice president. Ortega was elected (again) in 2007 and the constitution was amended in 2014 which allowed him to run for a third term in 2016, which he won. His current term ends in 2022.

Sanctions have been placed on Venezuela but the world has been silent over what’s happening in Nicaragua.

I think if you’re fleeing Nicaragua and the dictator posing as a democratically-elected president, then you’re not going to want to cross into another country run by a wannabe dictator.

Watch me draw.

Costa Rica’s World Cup


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This cartoon was originally published in The Costa Rica Star June 15, 2018.

I am no soccer hooligan because I don’t know much of anything about soccer or futbol. But I was aware that Costa Rica made an amazing run through the World Cup in 2014 reaching the quarterfinals. They were one of the last four teams that year in Brazil, which is an amazing thing for a nation of only five million people. This is a nation that never even made it to the tournament finals until 1990, and not again until 2002.

In 2014, they defeated Uruguay and Italy and had drawn with England, Greece, and Netherlands. Two wins and three draws was a great accomplishment, which is why I don’t understand soccer. Fortunately for team Le Sele, they didn’t face Brazil in Brazil in 2014. Because Brazil is a team they have never been able to defeat.

They lost to Brazil in 1990 and 2002. This year, they are in the same group as Brazil. But, they were bringing back the same group of athletes that composed the 2014 team. That’s good, right? No. The same group of guys is four years older. The soccer experts I read had very little enthusiasm for Le Sele’s chances this year. They were right.

I anticipated that with this cartoon. The Star’s columnist told me about bars opening at 6:00 AM on a Sunday to watch the Ticos play their first game in Russia. I thought that’s way too early to drink beer while your team is getting their ass kicked. Why would you want to get up early for that? But again, I don’t get soccer or the people who freak out about it.

If you serve enough beer to your soccer fan pub patrons at 6:00 AM, maybe they won’t notice they’re watching a tape from 2014. As it turns out, Costa Rica lost that game to Serbia. On Friday, they met Brazil again and now they’re 0-3 against that nation. They face Switzerland this Wednesday and even if they win, they’re going home early.

All of this is probably for naught anyway since the tournament is in Russia this year. I’m sure Vladimir Putin wouldn’t rig a soccer match. This is where we all roll our eyes together.

Be sure to check out this week’s cartoon for The Star.

Here’s the video.

Costa Rica Bankers


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This cartoon was first published in The Costa Rica Star June 8, 2018.

If you’re a director of a public bank in Costa Rica, you will make between $16,000 to $30,000 a month. That’s American dollars, not colones.

The new president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, signed an order to reduce the salaries of the bank’s general managers. Then, the directors of Banco Popular (a public bank) ignored the order, hired a sub-general manager, and set his salary at over $22,000 a month. That must have angered the president as he responded by suspending three directors of Banco Popular. Good for him.

There’s a new cartoon for this week’s issue of The Star. Go check it out.

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Some Costa Rican Tongue


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I drew this cartoon for The Costa Rica Star and it ran Friday, March 16.

The president signed a new anti-nepotism law and I speculated  it could impact the next administration, if that presidency is occupied by religious wingnut Fabricio Alvarado and his speaking-in-tongues wife.

I draw four cartoon a month for the Star. Since there’s five weeks in March and the election is in early April, I took this week off so I can draw next week closer to election day.

Here’s the video.

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Costa Rican Gayday


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I drew this cartoon last week for The Costa Rica Star.

Costa Rica’s uber-evangelical candidate Fabricio Alvarado’s team has stated being gay doesn’t mean a maybe-future Fabricio administration won’t hire you. It just means that you probably won’t be able to work for them and if you do, you have to stay in the closet.

If you do become a member of the Alvarado administration, you can’t engage in homosexual behavior, like being in a gay pride parade, which is an example they cited. You also probably will not be tolerated if you give off a perceived gay vibe.

Fabricio is in a statistical dead heat with Carlos Alvarado (no relation). Fabricio has pulled out of five planned debates, most likely because Carlos will eat him alive. Fabricio doesn’t really have any position except being anti-gay. Seriously. His entire platform is, no gays, no gays, no gays. He is so afraid of gays that he’s probably gayer than Mike Pence.

Fabricio is the candidate for the National Restoration Party, which is very religious. Fabricio himself is a preacher and a Christian singer. It’ll be like electing an ignorant game-show host to your nation’s highest office. I wish there was an example where that’s already in place, so I can point out how it doesn’t work.

Carlos is from the Citizen Action Party, which is caught up in the Cementazo scandal (which Fabricio isn’t entirely clean of himself) and hasn’t done anything with its leadership role to pull the nation out of debt, repair the economy, or restore its credit rating. While Carlos’ party is responsible for most of the nation’s ills, Fabricio doesn’t even know what they are.

In the early 1990s, the race for Louisiana’s governor was between former Democratic governor Edwin Edwards, who had a history of corruption, and former grand wizard David Duke. There were bumper stickers in the state which read, “Vote for the crook. It’s important.”

Carlos Alvarado hasn’t been shown to be a crook at all. His greatest crime so far is that he’s associated with a party that’s failed to lead the nation out of debt and restore its economy.

But, the voting citizens of Costa Rica need to vote for Carlos Alvarado. It’s important.

Here’s the video.

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Expat Democrats


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This cartoon ran last week in The Costa Rica Star.

I get annoyed at people who claim they’ll leave the country if they don’t get their way. You hear a lot of celebrities make that promise. But, after they don’t get their way they don’t ever do us the favor of keeping their promise and leaving. They stay and continue to vent.

One of their favorite destinations to not go to is Costa Rica. Rush Limbaugh swore he’d move to Costa Rica if Obamacare passed. He’s still here. If Rush had moved to Costa Rica he would have discovered a nation that already has a national health plan. Oops.

Liberals and Democrats aren’t any better. How many swore they’d move to Canada, France, the UK, or Costa Rica if Trump won. None of them left.

A lot of lefties believe Costa Rica is a liberal utopia in Central America. It’s a nation that takes climate change very seriously. However, it’s a very religious nation where abortion and same-sex marriage are illegal….for now.

An international court recently ruled that Costa Rica needs to allow same-sex marriage. Costa Ricans have responded to this by putting a candidate into their presidential runoff who is campaigning on the nation leaving the international court system and vowing to never recognize same-sex marriage.

So, liberals, if you want to be an expat in Costa Rica, keep in mind there’s a very strong religious conservative tilt in the nation despite the legal prostitution. That’s weird, right?

The Costa Rica Star discovered I am making videos of my cartoons. They’ve asked me to do the same for them. There is not a video for this cartoon, but there is one for the next. You can go to the Star’s YouTube channel and check it out.

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