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Dolly Madison


Here’s this week’s cartoon for The Daily Dot.

I submitted six ideas this week. I’ll post a few of the rejected ideas later.

Taylor Swift Takes A Bite Out Of Apple


Here’s this week’s cartoon for The Daily Dot.

I’m a little familiar with Taylor Swift’s music. A few years ago a few girls I know, who are all much younger than I am, introduced me to her music. I didn’t really have a choice. I don’t know everything she’s done and I haven’t listened to anything new of hers in a long time. But I found a few song titles that might have worked for this cartoon other than the one I settled on. Those songs are “Mine” and “Mean” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

I do like some of her music. She’s a real songwriter and I like what she stands up for.

Here’s the rough.


New York Escapees. Cartoon For The Daily Dot


Here’s this week’s cartoon for The Daily Dot.

I went through a few ideas for this one. I think we settled on the right one. I’m really glad my editor responds to emails after 11:30 PM.

Here’s the rough for the final idea.


This is the first idea. I liked this one but I think the final is better.


There were a couple more ideas but they’re not worth showing.


Police Barrel Roll, Cartoon For The Daily Dot


Here is this week’s cartoon for The Daily Dot.

I couldn’t miss an opportunity to make fun of the cop’s silly barrel roll, and why not incorporate into the even more silliness of those defending the cop (or blaming the media). Someone made a video of the cop’s barrel roll to the tune of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.” It’s awesome.

Here’s the rough.


“Original” Photos For Sale, Cartoon For The Daily Dot



After I sent the rough of this idea to my editor, Fernando at The Daily Dot, I decided I should use the actual photos.

That’s pretty new for me. My usual process is Sharpies and ball point on card stock copy paper, scanned into photoshop for coloring. I had no idea how to include the images into a cartoon and resize them. I have horrible photoshop skills. I can color my cartoons and that’s about it.

A lot of cartoonists have excellent computer skills,┬ámuch better than mine. A lot of them don’t even draw on paper anymore. I’m still kind of old school and I hate learning how to do new stuff, especially with computers.

So I went online and googled how to do what I needed to do. I practiced with the rough. Made a lot of mistakes. Got very frustrated. Had a lot of trial and error and then I figured it out. I was pretty proud of myself and felt accomplished. I’m also happy with the way it turned out.

Now while you think I have one more skill in my arsenal, not really. If I do this again I’ll have to relearn the process all over again.

Here’s the rough. At first I was going to use 9/11 and Fernando suggested I replace that with the Ferguson riot photo. I think that was a really great call.


Drawing The Prophet, Cartoon For The Daily Dot


This is my latest cartoon for The Daily Dot.


When I first read that Pamela Geller was a former newspaper editor I thought “that doesn’t make sense.”

How could a newspaper editor be so misinformed to think there’s an “Islamization” of America, to state “I do not believe in a moderate Islam,” to protest an Arabic-language school in Brooklyn, and think it’s a good idea to have a “Draw Muhammad” contest.

It baffled me for a minute that a journalist could be so, well, stupid. Well that minute is over and I realize that you don’t have to be a journalist to be a newspaper publisher, editor or even owner. Besides, she came from the marketing and advertising side of the newspaper business. I can tell you from personal experience (sorry ad people) that the business people of newspapers make lousy judgement calls when it comes to news coverage or what should even go in or be left out of a newspaper. Hell, over the past few years they haven’t been very good at the business end of the newspaper business (like investing over $40 million in a new printing press when newspapers aren’t printing as much anymore. That’s how you go into bankruptcy, kids).

I also have to keep in mind that she was associate publisher of the New York Observer. That’s the classy publication that printed those Obama as a monkey cartoons.

Here’s a photo of the rough. This is how I send these things to my editor.