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.

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.

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:

Romney/Ryan Campaign Gear

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Sorry for yet another delay, but thems the breaks with free content. I’ve also had a slew of computer/electricity troubles, but at least I got a computer from this decade out of it.

Fair Warning: If you’re in the “DO YOU WANT OBAMA TO LOSE?!” freakout squad, you might want to skip next week’s Obama/Biden version of this cartoon.

This is your last chance to buy tickets to see me babble incoherently in DC tomorrow. Many of my more-qualified colleagues will also be speaking, so it’s worth it even you hate my guts!

Fall College Courses

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I’ve been out of college for over a decade now. If any of these classes were available back then, I’d probably be better suited for the political/media hellscape we’re living in today.

DC area residents, don’t forget! I’ll be in your town along with a bunch of other cartoonists this weekend. There are a couple of events for the public on Friday and Saturday. Check Damn Cartoons for details and to get tickets.