Pyramid Builders Union


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It was another supremely disturbing week in American politics and one wonders how long the pace of insanity can remain this furious. If you were under a rock last week and didn’t witness the ongoing carnival of spoiled brat billionaires trading your rights, ideals, and environment for cash in their pockets, definitely stay there. Do not come out. Under a rock is the only safe place to be right now.

Today’s pyramid-builders cartoon is about one of the encyclopedia of lies that the Pussy Grabber in Chief (PGinC) told on his bizarre journey to losing the election by millions and embarrassing our nation globally with his hillbilly manners and racist, sexist gospel of the privileged white male, yet being awarded the most powerful office in the world. Like the insanity of modern-day gun ownership in the U.S., the damage the Electoral College could end up doing to our country is something the founding fathers did not anticipate. And on both fronts we’re paying an enormous price. Take a quick peek at this chart and tell me where the most danger comes from in modern America.

Will the Electoral College be abolished eventually? If the country survives its effects, maybe so. Will it be anytime soon? Not a chance. The Republicans are in power across the board and definitely would not be outside of rural, uneducated strongholds were it not for the Electoral College, the Republican gerrymandering efforts across the nation, and their so-called “voter fraud” laws, which are exceedingly poorly disguised voter suppression laws. I’m afraid we’re in this dumpster fire for a very long time, folks.

Perhaps some funny cartoons will take our minds off of it! Let’s try.

If you’ve been living under a rock and have not seen “performance” art, just stay there. I’m not talking about people who perform legitimate forms of art like music or theater or dance, I’m talking about the kind where someone has themselves duct-taped to a folding chair sitting in an inflatable kiddy pool in the lobby of an art museum for three days and calls it art. Yes, things like that happen in the same world which you and I are inhabiting at this very moment.

Sometimes people criticize me for being so critical of these kinds of “art forms”. They say that as a surrealist, I should definitely understand that there are no rules to what art can be. Sure, I get that. But apply that same anything-goes philosophy to any other form of expression and what have you got? Does it make sense to call an empty book a novel? Is banging on a concrete wall with a sack of damp laundry music? Would you call a person making comical frog noises a singer? Can throwing oneself to the ground in the middle of a busy sidewalk and rolling around frantically as though your shirt was on fire be called dance?

Yes, anyone can do whatever they like in a free society and call it whatever they want. And by the same philosophy, I can call it nonsense. (Take that, kid hanging upside down on your mom’s refrigerator!)

Lying has been big in the news lately because our PGinC uses it hourly to advance his whims. (As I see it, he has only three political tools: lying, public insults, and threats of revenge.)  As many in the media (the real media, not the Republican marketing firm disguised as media that calls itself Fox News Channel) have noted lately, we are in a “post fact” era, meaning that most people would literally rather believe something false that backs up their previously-held notions, than hear the truth. This is huge (spelled and pronounced correctly) and could literally destroy the country.

Here’s how: If a majority of America voters are foolish enough to believe blatant, obvious lies––e.g. Trump won the popular vote, Trump’s inauguration crowd was larger than Obama’s in ’09, Hillary Clinton started the so-called “birther” movement, the Clintons had people murdered, etc.––then we are knowingly turning the country over to the people most willing to lie blatantly and refuse to back down. We’re stuck with Trump and his kind indefinitely.

Shameless liars are not the kind of person you want to trust your children and grandchildren’s future to.

This cartoon demonstrates that not everyone’s imagination is imaginative.

I drew this cartoon because I was this rat. We all have been in one way or another.

Three years ago I was the narrator and onscreen host of a prime-time TV show on a major network. I did interviews, I went to a red carpet, charity party event with a dozen-or-so very cool comedians from past and present SNL casts, I got picked up in a limo a few times, someone at 7/11 asked for my autograph. Then, three months later, the show got cancelled and it was all over like Cinderella’s ball. I didn’t go out of my way to become a guy on TV, it just sort of dropped into my lap from nowhere and that’s not likely to happen again. Because I enjoy performing, after the show was cancelled, I hoped it would lead to other kinds of jobs in showbiz but it didn’t.

Maybe you came very close to a dream job but didn’t get it. Maybe you found who you thought was the perfect person for you but they turned out to be anything but. Maybe you voted for a reasonable person to run your country but a complete assclown snuck in the back door and burned the White House down. In one way or another, we all know how that rat feels after the clock strikes twelve.

Since moving to Mexico a couple of months ago, people have been asking me how it will affect my cartoons. All I can say is that this cartoon was not inspired by Mexico, but by my hatred of being cold, which was also an inspiration for my moving here, so the topics are almost related but not in any substantive way. If you’ve not read this paragraph yet, don’t bother. Just move on to the next cartoon.

If I’m going to watch sweaty millionaires chase each other, I prefer they not be half-naked so I stick to ice hockey.

Speaking of hockey, I do not get to see much hockey on TV here in Mexico. What I do get to do, however, is attend Spanish class and today was my first. The first class was mostly about how to shout in English more loudly and slowly to non-English speakers. In the next class we’re supposed to learn actual words and phrases. Things like, “What’s wrong with you? Can’t you speak English?”

Maybe I should have read some of the reviews and comments about this particular Spanish school. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

Thanks for reading this week, Jazz Pickles. I just did an interview with a comics site that you may enjoy and you can find it here.

I have a new book out that you can find here.

Until next time––be nice, be smart, and try not to get deported.



39 thoughts on “Pyramid Builders Union

  1. “…but a complete assclown snuck in the back door and burned the White House down.” Ha! John Fugelsang called him a truculent pus cluster.

  2. I do SO enjoy your work. Thank you for making me laugh in the midst of the dumpster fire!

    I hear your desperation in the text of this blog and I share it as well. I’m still mystified that the ignoratii wield so much control now.

    Also, I hope #PGinC catches on. Maybe Twitter can do something about that.

    (PS. I hesitate to mention a few misspellings, but I thot you might like to know these: 2nd para, “is hillbilly” –> “his hillbilly” and 3rd para “affects” –> “effects”.)

  3. Dan… you made my day. All of these cartoons today touched my (literally) and boy did it feel good.
    Keep em coming and particularly any directed towards #45 will be appreciated.

  4. Anger at the reality of American political life has caught up with you. Good.
    As far as art: I am a definite preferer of craft. This is why I follow you. This is why I appreciate a well-made bookshelf over a painting. This is why I value non-fiction writing. This is why I value your work as a comic artist.
    There is an intelligent, left-leaning, working class and we need the like of you.

  5. Thanks for mentioning the interview, Dan!

    For anyone that hasn’t seen Dan’s painting work, or wants to see more of the coloring book pages, you really owe it to yourself to check out the interview. “Four Clerics Ignoring a Vision” is beautiful stuff.

  6. I somehow missed your TV career, but then again in in Canada (-10c today – be happy!)

    Care to share its name? It might trickle up here some time.

    • It was an awful reality show called “Utopia”. Most viewers didn’t want to watch it and you don’t either, believe me. :^}

  7. I find that people who promote performance art are often people who cannot draw like you can, so what are they to do? In a world of alternative facts, performance art is almost inevitable. :-)

    Hey, I’m an artist, and I’m pretty proud of my latest bit of Photoshopping…

    Truth is, I cannot afford Photoshop, so I did it with GIMP instead… :-)

  8. I second what Steve Tonkins said, you got out of the US just in time! Say, do you have room in your house for a few of us to come “visit”?

    • The characters in Bizarro make much less money than most people assume. The only ones that can afford quality undergarments are ones married or related to characters in more lucrative cartoons like Garfield or Pixar films and the like.

    • Interesting stuff about Egypt. Will be fascinated to see if they find more evidence. The Seth Meyers interview is good, too, even though that woman makes my skin crawl.

  9. People fretting about Fake News, Alternate Facts, and straight up media lies…. and I am like: “Oh… you mean the things that marijuana users have been putting up with since the 1930s….?”

  10. But apply that same anything-goes philosophy to any other form of expression and what have you got?
    The thing is, you’re strawmanning these a lot, mostly by pointing at the wrong genres.

    Does it make sense to call an empty book a novel?
    Nope, but it’s still something — presenting it as a novel (or as, say, a compendium of Scandinavian humor) would be simply a prank, of the classic bait-and-switch type.

    Is banging on a concrete wall with a sack of damp laundry music?
    If you can manage to get interesting sounds out of that, I’d call it an impressive stunt. Otherwise, possibly performance art.

    Would you call a person making comical frog noises a singer?
    More likely a beatboxer, see Bobby McFerrin.

    Can throwing oneself to the ground in the middle of a busy sidewalk and rolling around frantically as though your shirt was on fire be called dance?
    Nope, but it can certainly be street theater.

  11. I originally ordered one of your colouring books for a gift. I knew I’d have to amend my order when I realised that I was trying to think of an alternative gift for my son because I knew – I just *knew* – that I was going to keep it for myself. We’re both well chuffed that I got two! :D

  12. He said I typify the problem that everyone has with old white men like me – we can’t learn new things. Well, heck, just today I learned something new: a fishtail is not an icon if it’s still attached to the fish.

  13. Thank you for the informative chart, and of course the funny (and thought-provoking) cartoons. Are they cartoons or comics?

  14. Hey Dan….Big debate over here in middle school language arts class in Suburban Philadelphia…
    I say the “Tuna be short” Grammar comic is a play on the whole To Be verb…Can, is, Be…
    Any insight to help win some small bets?

  15. Dan,

    Your are the bestest/greatest/ultimo-hombre.

    Give my regards to Olyve-Oil.(sp?)

    North America
    Northern Hemisphere

  16. Thanks, Dan. The tuna cartoon made me laugh out loud, and God, He knows I needed that. Wherever we end up in our probably fruitless attempt to hide from the oncoming apocalypse, I hope we still have internet service so I can keep up. Cheers!

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