Black Friday Bargains! and Post-Election Stress

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I don’t understand the Black Friday hysteria. Shit’s on clearance December 26th. There’s other bits of news commentary crammed into this comic, but I don’t have time to write about any of it. I have to get a cartoon done this week, holiday or not.

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If you missed it earlier, this is my post-election comic. I’m so glad that’s over. This was the first election where I had to pay attention to everything because of The Strip. In previous years when I was just doing BFW, I could tune in and out as I pleased. Besides the not-having-any-money part, it was a pretty sweet gig.

Modernizing the Vote

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The margins in last week’s election were big enough to overcome most of the electoral shenanigans and disenfranchisement that were going on, particularly in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. And the way the demographics of the parties are going, it might be harder to tamp down minority, poor, young and elderly turnout in the future. But it’s pretty fucking embarrassing that party hacks set the voting rules in every state.

Ohio’s Secretary of State, Jon Husted is the hackiest of the bunch. As Ohio went to Obama sooner than most of us expected, he quickly came up with another bullshit scheme to tip the state towards Republicans in the future, even when Democrats win the popular vote. State legislatures of both parties gerrymander their states like crazy, but since Republicans have a narrower (and older, whiter, male-er, angrier) base to pull from, their maps tend to be a bit more ridiculous.

Anyway, the election’s over (for a couple months ’til the next one starts up) and I’m done thinking about it. I don’t live-and-breathe politics like some folks, so I’m happy to catch up on everything I’ve missed over the past 18 months. What’s a “Honey Boo Boo?”

My Dumb Voice. Now with My Dumb Face!

When I was in DC for Damn Cartoons in September, I gave a brief “Chalk Talk” about RomneyCare and how it helped me go from broke-ass unknown cartoonist to slightly-less-broke kinda-well-known cartoonist. Here’s the video. Like myself, the talk ran short, but Joel Pett ran a fun Q&A with me to fill the empty couple of minutes. That’s not in the video though. You shoulda been there, doofus!

But if you missed it, there are tons of talks from more talented (and better prepared) cartoonists up on the site now.

Lost: Issues

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Look at me getting all holier-than-thou at the peak of election season. But no mention of climate change in the first three debates is pretty egregious. I know there are many more important issues I left out, but hopefully I can get to them when things go back to their regular level of crazy after the election

Obama/Biden Campaign Gear

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It’s a new BFW! Here’s what I wrote on the front page about that:

Okay, so BFW’s return from hiatus was premature. The fact is that Big Fat Whale earns me pennies, even though it takes nearly as much effort as The Strip, which pays my bills and has many more readers. (A few million or so.) After the election, I’m going to try to incorporate The Strip into this site, so it doesn’t get so stale and showcases my best and most current work. And when the spirit, or someone’s pocketbook, moves me, I’ll continue to post new BFWs as well.

This week also marks 11 years since I made the ridiculous decision to start a weekly comic strip in an industry that was just about to start its precipitous decline. I stuck with it for a decade, because I refused to work an office job, and that stubbornness paid off last year with the NYTimes gig. If you told that to 22-year-old me, I would’ve punched you for being so sarcastic.

Debate Improvements

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Between the presidential and Massachusetts’ Senate debates, I’m already suffering from severe debate fatigue and it’s barely October. This is the first election cycle where I’ve been obligated to pay attention to everything. And it’s grueling. Politics is as dumb as sports, but not entertaining, and has consequences for everyone, regardless if they’re paying attention.

Obama really stunk up the joint on Wednesday. Romney did too, by lying out of his magic underpants, but apparently he was the “winner” because … optics?

I’ll try to get some non-election cartoons done this month, but who knows.