Pura Vida

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.

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.

Coke Shark


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

Police in Costa Rica have seized over nine tons of cocaine in 2017. I have never done cocaine in my life, but that sounds like a lot of cocaine.

Their coast guard recently found over a ton floating in the sea off the southern Pacific coastal town of Punta Burica. Smugglers tie them floating to buoys for other smugglers to pick up.

I have a lot of fun with some of these issues Costa Rica gives me, especially when I can throw in some of their wildlife. The U.S. doesn’t give me a lot of issues with monkeys, sloths, jaguars, crocodiles or sharks. I was able to draw this one during Shark Week. Who doesn’t love Shark Week?

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.

Gold Cup Crocodiles


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For this week’s cartoon for The Costa Rica Star, I took on the issue of “too many crocodiles” in that nation.

One agency in that nation is suing two others to conduct a study to determine if there is over-population of crocodiles in that country. Lawsuits must work different in Costa Rica than in the U.S. Is there a crocodile return policy? But that’s not the only croc-related lawsuit going on down there. A mayor is in hot water over the safety of people who gather to view crocodiles.

For sheer Costa Rican croc-related entertainment, watch this guy eat a stingray.

There weren’t any crocs playing goal tender for the Costa Rican team in the Gold Cup semi-finals on Saturday, but maybe they could have used one. The CR team was on a roll after defeating Panama to advance to meet the United States in Dallas. The home of the Dallas Cowboys is where a lot of bad things happen, and this time it was for the Costa Ricans as the U.S. defeated them 2-0.

Better luck next time, Costa Rica. But hey, I got to draw a crocodile.

There will be a new cartoon from me for the Star next weekend.

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.