Paul Bagosy designed this website. He is a reader that got in touch when I asked for help on Twitter. So while it might be a little self-serving to link to his post about how political cartoons like mine helped shape his political world view, it’s nice to be reminded sometimes that you actually have that effect. We’re constantly fighting to be taken seriously and worm our way into publications that have a full staff of writers but haven’t seen the need for cartoons. Which, as Paul writes, “can often convey an entire editorials worth of ideas.”
These cartoons have created succinct messages that have in turn lead me to discover larger points about issues that I previously was uneducated about or simply didnt realize I should have an opinion on, which has lead me to nailing down where I stand. That has been immeasurably helpful, because my world view is very important to me. Understanding how I see the world and what I believe is allows me to not just float along, being pushed and pulled by whatever currents I happen to be in.
We cant be bound by political correctness, adds King, who chairs the House subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. I think we need more police and more surveillance in the communities where the threat is coming from, whether its the Irish community with the Westies [an Irish-American gang in New York City], or the Italian community with the mafia, or the Muslim community with the Islamic terrorists.
May 11 and 12 I’ll be exhibiting in Toronto at TCAF with my new book. I’ll also be giving a talk and presentation about my work the night before at The Comic Book Lounge at 7:00pm (Facebook event). The latter event is actually a result of the Kickstarter single backer for my highest level that involved a speech. Please stop by one of these events if you are in the area.
Here’s a look at a piece I did with Sarah Mirk (who edited my book) for Symbolia, the comics journalism magazine for the iPad. It’s titled “Who Needs Monogamy?” and uses interviews Mirk conducted with three people in open relationships for her upcoming book on the subject. I drew the folks. I would highly recommend subscribing to Symbolia as it’s the only outlet currently devoted 100% to comics journalism. If you don’t have an iPad they do a pdf version.
The first review for Life Begins At Incorporation is in from Willamette Week:
Hes especially engaging when describing his trip to Afghanistan and agitating for class warfare. His defense of Glorious, messy Occupy, accompanied with perfect illustrations of the Portland camps, ends up being one of the better arguments ever mounted on behalf of a messy public square.
The books arrive any day. Order one now and I’ll get it in the mail to you next week!
Surprisingly I heard from a few people that it’s “too soon” to do a comic about the political implications of the Boston bombing. One even preemptively unfriended me last night on Facebook so angry was he that I was releasing a cartoon on the subject that he hadn’t seen yet.
If you think it’s “too soon” for a comic about the political implications of the bombing, there’s plenty of “evil is bad” comics out there for you. A Senator has already called for military tribunals for foreigners. A Saudi was tackled for suspiciously running away from the explosions. This is clearly going to result in more Homeland Security money being dumped into police departments so they buy new toys and harass people with backpacks.
I’m not going to sit on my hands because a tragedy happened.