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.

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.

The U.S. Government’s Incredible Threats

Incredible Threats

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Citing “credible threats,” the government closed a bunch of embassies last week. Presumably based on information gathered while monitoring an Al Qaeda conference call. That’s all fine and good, as there’s a reason to monitor everything they do.

But there’s no reason to apply the same scrutiny to all American citizens, who’ve done nothing suspicious except exist on the same planet as terrorists. Despite their earlier denials, the content of Americans’ email is being monitored and searched for mentions of “targets.” If you believe this only applies to email sent overseas … YOUR NAIVETE IS ADORABLE!

If you missed it last month, Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki’s grandfather wrote an op-ed. It’s depressing, and infuriating. Depruriating.

Adults’ Letters to Santa & Cheer Up, Lame Duck

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For an atheist, I enjoy most of the trappings of the holiday season. Those pagans had some fun ideas. No wonder the Pope stole ’em. This is admittedly an attempt to use the holiday to slap a bunch of disparate news jokes into one comic. It was either that or 8 clumsy fiscal cliff metaphors.

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I forgot to post this last week because I am terrible at self-promotion. It’s still relevant, and will be for our entire lives, or until Congress decides to call it quits and turns the Capitol into a Buffalo Wild Wings.

In Search of the Afghanistan War

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We’re still at war. In Afghanistan and also in all the undeclared places where our drones are killing people. Even if you lack empathy for all those dead foreign civilians, this shit is going to come back and haunt us. I don’t know if you noticed, but an unhealthy desire for revenge isn’t just a trait we Americans have.

I was familiar with “In Search of..” before “Star Trek,” but my first real introduction to Leonard Nimoy was as the soundcheck voice at Boston’s Museum of Science’s Omni Theater. He spoke-sang a silly song, but it wasn’t quite as ridiculous as this:

The Many Uses of Police Drones

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I’m loathe to admit it, but I got the idea for this cartoon after reading something in HuffPo. Ubiquitous CCTVs are bad enough, but giving them the gift of flight is something not even Orwell imagined. Almost as ubiquitous as the drones are excellent cartoons about them. Check out Tom Tomorrow’s and Mark Fiore’s takes on those eyes in our domestic skies.

As for CISPA, it’s worse than SOPA/PIPA, but I guess we all got internet-privacy-fatigue and stopped caring. But if you still do, help stop it.

And a bit of housekeeping, Big Fat Whale returns from hiatus next week. I have some other projects that converged into a deadline singularity last week, and since BFW pays shit, I decided to have outdoor fun over the holiday weekend rather than catching up on work. It was awesome. I hope your weekends were just as swell and lazy.