Tomorrow I leave for Seattle to attend the AAEC convention. I’ll be moderating a panel on alt-weekly cartoons, participating in a panel on the future of syndication and drinking copious amounts of alcohol with my ink-slinging colleagues as we talk about the future of our dying profession. Gathering with cartoonists that are better than me is always inspiring. But given the moribund state of the industry, it has the potential to be downright depressing. It’ll be a trick to stay positive while speaking frankly about the State Of Things on my panels. Nevertheless, I look forward to getting out of my cartoon laboratory for a few days to interact with other humans.
In my spare time I’ll try to blog any good news or discussion that comes out of the panels.
If you are in the area, be sure come to the Cartoonapalooza event with Mike Peters, Ted Rall, David Horsey, Signe Wilkinson, Mark Fiore, myself and others.
I was ahead of the curve.
Savannah Morning News
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 30, 2009
I’ve opened comments for everyone, including anonymous users, but I will approve them before they go up to avoid spam and the odd crazy person. We’ll see how it works.
We’re having a Founding Fathers Fest here this week. Both cartoons ended up being patriot themed for some reason.
Democrats have a habit of ceding things to the other side before they even sit down to discuss them. I’m glad they weren’t around during the Revolution–they would have wanted to take it off the table.
Jesse Jackson, who once said Obama wasn’t black enough and should have his nuts cut off, flew in to LA today to hang out at the mansion of a pedophile with bleached skin.
With the King of Pop’s frightening visage blaring from every cable station, website and newspaper in the land, what better time for news to break that Obama is preparing to assert radical executive powers:
The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, is drafting an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.
It turns out being useless is only one of the many uses of Twitter. Iranians are definitely using it to organize, but the importance it has been given seems a wee bit overblown. It’s not merely because it’s one of the few channels for information coming out of Iran–the media simply loves talking about Twitter. They were giving it an excessive amount of attention before these events and this is merely confirmation to Rick Sanchez that it is the greatest invention of all time.
The regime’s own technological propaganda efforts are lame. See this Photoshopped crowd? Looks like a project I did in week 1 of “Introduction to the Clone Tool.” Try to catch up, guys. And stop treating women like shit.
So Twitter is being used for organizing marches against an unjust government. That is genuinely awesome. But what’s this crap about it being a news source? I know there isn’t much reporting coming out of the place, but reading (or posting) a bunch of unverifiable tweets is lame. Used to be only government officials had their biased, unverifiable statements uncritically parroted by the media–now everyone is invited to submit them via Twitter.
Next week I’m headed to Seattle for the annual convention of Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. I’ll be participating in Cartoonapalooza, a benefit for the organization.
David Horsey, Mike Peters, Ted Rall, Jack Ohman, Mark Fiore, myself and others will be giving a slide show and discussion of some of our most hilarious cartoons. Tons of other cartoonists will be on hand, chatting and drinking. There will be originals and prints on display and available for purchase. Everything benefits the AAEC.
The event starts at 7:30 at Town Hall in downtown Seattle. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.