'Toon of the Day
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Dr. Seuss, take Deuce!
Wow, the first set of book covers seemed to get a lot of attention... either people really like Dr. Seuss or thought that my parodies were actually for sale! Either way, it seems to have struck a chord. So as promised, here is the next round of Conserva-Seuss-ism covers, dealing again with the Capitol riots, the mob that was out for VP Pence, and the continuing GOP attempts to restrict voting access to people of color.
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The Cat with the Cartoons Comes BACK!
I’ve mentioned before that these past four years have been very difficult from a social-political parody perspective, as events happened so quickly, there was no time to respond properly. Unless you had a team of writers and artists as they do on the Daily show or SNL, or unless you are a trained editorial illustrator who can bang out an image and publish it online the same day, it was just too hard to keep up with the glut of Trump-induced situations. Even comedians complained that their jokes were old by the time they got to perform them, because in the time they wrote the joke and their performance, Trump created 10 more horrible events or comments. As an artist, educator, father and homeowner, I could not keep up with the pace, not to mention that trying to do so created such dread and depression that I could not find the humor in the situation. So, I just took the time off and left it up to the pros.
Thankfully, the bad news flows out only in weekly cycles now, rather than hourly. And without Trump sucking all the oxygen out of the room, I can finally focus on the all-too familiar rantings of FOX News and the remnants of the GOP, who predictably attack the most ridiculous targets possible. Their recent feigned outrage at the “cancelling” of Dr. Seuss has been fact-checked ad-nauseum, so I won’t bother. However, being a fan of the good doctor since childhood provided the necessary fuel to get me off my ass and do some fun images again. I knocked out these first three covers in basically a day, a record for me! I figured that if these faux-conservatives missed reading Dr. Seuss so much, I would give them some books that they would be happier with.
Enjoy these, in the coming days there will be more to come.
RIP Rush Limbaugh
Yes, you read that right, I am briefly memorializing El-Rushbo, but not for the reason you might think. You see, back in the 90s, I worked in a small office environment with one large room, two other partners and one radio. I was the token Democrat in the room, along with one traditional Conservative and one more Libertarian Republican. We spent most of the day listening to news radio, with the occasional CD in rotation. Come afternoon, the Conservative would switch on Rush Limbaugh for the afternoon. I didn’t mind it much at first, as I always considered myself pretty centrist. But the more I listened to Limbaugh, I began to question some of the “facts” El-Rushbo was spewing. With a little reading papers and listening to NPR (the interwebs was in its infancy), I realized that Rush was often creating a situation out of nothing, like the time he was so focused on accusing the Clintons of murder.
Needless to say, I still begrudgingly listened to Rush, but I argued with my Conservative counterparts over the validity of much of his content. They often agreed that Rush was just hyping things up for his show. But my dad listened to Rush as well, and took a lot of what he said to heart. I realized then how nefarious talk radio could be. Our office routine of Rush followed by Sean Hannity continued, and it is what I credit for actually making me become more Liberal in my views.
So, in retrospect, I need to thank Rush Limbaugh for doing the exact opposite of what his show intended.