Tales from the Strip

Tales from the Strip

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I used Halloween as an excuse to draw some horror comics about the news.

If you need a last minute costume idea, I suggest going as Scalia. It’s pretty simple: Pick up a graduation gown from a thrift shop, grease up your hair, and adopt an ultra-conservative ideology that will prevent this country from achieving any meaningful progress for as long as you live.

What Would Boehner Do?

WWBD?

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The continuing government shutdown seems almost quaint as we begin this week with the House hurtling us toward default and an economic depression in their latest tantrum to defund the Affordable Care Act.

These assholes already got the sequestration cuts to be permanently enshrined in the latest budget, thanks to the spineless Democrats, so of course they feel like they’d get yet another ransom for holding the country hostage. If the President and his party didn’t cave during the first debt ceiling fight in 2011, we would’ve had this fight then, and I could spend this October drawing silly Halloween cartoons with fun monsters and shit.

Fuck those guys.

Meet Your Health Insurance Exchange!

Meet Your Health Insurance Exchange!

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Health insurance exchanges go live tomorrow, shutdown or not. Get to know them. The GOP gnashing of teeth over Obamacare is solely because they know it will be popular once it’s fully implemented. It’s already happened here in Massachusetts.

Right now it’s an abstract law, and my fellow Americans aren’t exactly deft at grasping abstract concepts. Combine that with the years-long misinformation campaign surrounding the law, and it’s no wonder everyone’s confused. It’s certainly not a perfect law. That adjective’s reserved for single-payer.

Class War Weapons

Class War Weapons

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Today’s the fifth anniversary of the financial collapse and the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. Not much has changed since then … for the poor at least. The rich are doing better than ever, and that’s all DC cares about.

But the organizing that went on during Occupy lives on, particularly in the ongoing push for increasing the minimum wage in fast-food and retail jobs. Whether they’re successful remains to be seen, but as the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to widen, there will be more despair for the next five years of this so-called “recovery.”

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War Hawks Reunion Tour

War Hawks Reunion Tour

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Another cartoon about yet another poorly thought out run-up to war in the Mideast. I’ve been drawing these things for my entire career. Many lips and typing fingers have been flapped about Syria over the past two weeks, but I have nothing to add besides what’s in my cartoons. Perpetual war tends to dampen my spirits, and I’m not even at risk of getting blown up.

Unaffordable College Orientation

Unaffordable College Orientation

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My deadline for the NYTimes is Friday afternoon, and having a hunch that things with Syria would change before the cartoon was published, I could have done a vague “bombs are bad and our options suck” cartoon, or wait until I had something specific to add. I chose to wait and did a back-to-school cartoon instead.

Plus it was Labor Day weekend and my 34th birthday, and I wanted drink beer and eat unhealthy food instead of pulling an all-nighter and adding to my already-impressive collection of gray hair.

Travel Advisories from the Secretary of State

Travel Advisories

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International news is horrible, always. I like to make jokes, so I don’t cover it as often as I should. The travel advisories and embassy closings issued by the government a couple weeks ago have lapsed, presumably because terrorists can’t quickly adjust their schedules.

Despite all this international turmoil, the NSA continues to waste its time creepily looking inward, spying on imagined threats from within the United States.

The Disenfranchising Team

The Disenfranchising Team

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North Carolina passed an expansive voter suppression bill last week. Other states began moving forward with their own bills immediately after the Roberts’ Court gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in June. They claim it’s to stop voter fraud, but when there are other verifiable, more pressing problems with our elections, it’s a convenient excuse to disenfranchise minorities and the poor.

This isn’t new; many GOP-led states tried the same shenanigans during the 2012 election, but were often stopped by the now extinct preclearance conditions in the VRA. It’s the hail Mary pass of a party that knows it has lost minorities and the young and has no idea to win national elections any more.