It’s been a shitstorm of a week here at Rancho Bizarro. I published a cartoon on Friday that a lot of people misconstrued so I posted an explanation and apology on my FB page, and that led to hundreds of comments and arguments. More on that later in this post. (more…)
I’m breaking out of my normal routine today to tell you about a blog post by one of my friends and syndicated cartoonist colleagues, Rina Piccolo. Rina draws a popular cartoon strip called “Tina’s Groove,” and, just like the rest of us whose main income comes from newspaper cartoons, is subject to the ludicrously (and I use that word literally) puritanical standards of newspaper comics. We’ve all had comics pulled from our lineup that wouldn’t even be called “edgy” in any other form of mainstream comedy because they could result in our features being cancelled in a given market. Rina describes the situation and reasons behind this phenomenon rather eloquently and it offers an interesting view into the behind-the-scenes workings of the syndicated comics world. (more…)
I love Westerns but I always hate it when they shoot a horse. This cartoon doesn’t bother me as much, though, because when I was a kid I was bitten by a sawhorse and I’ve hated them ever since. (Get a print of this cartoon here.)(more…)
Here’s something interesting and strange that has never happened to me before. I got a comment this morning from Alex Wild, a photographer who does a lot of super-close-up images of insects. Apparently, and unbeknownst to me, he took the photo of the fly that I used to create the fly drawing in my title panel (the green thing in this post.) He objected to my using this image without permission and I fully understand his concern, however, I don’t think mine is close enough to his to warrant concern. Yes, I used his image as reference to create my fly sketch, but I think mine is loose enough to be considered a translation rather than a copy. He feels otherwise, and that’s understandable. (more…)
As I’ve read the numerous comments about GMO food over the last couple of days, I’ve learned a lot. Perhaps the most prominent thing I’ve learned is that there is seemingly no end to the differing opinions, studies, web sites, and articles on both sides of the fence.
Clearly, this is a tremendously complicated subject that won’t be solved soon. For myself, I suspect there is little doubt that Monsanto is a typical example of a corporation that cares more about money than public welfare. But that’s the definition of a corporation, no sarcasm intended. They exist to make money and will do as much as a society or its government will allow. That seems to me to be a good reason for heavy regulation. (more…)
Many readers of this blog are not native English speakers and/or reside in other countries so they might not get this gag. It is based on an idiom that people use when there is a large issue that is purposely being ignored or avoided. For instance, let’s say Bob and Betty are a married couple whom you and your friends have known for years. You hear that Bob and Betty are divorcing, but you have already invited both of them to a party. They arrive individually, but Bob shows up in drag. This makes everyone uncomfortable, so all of the attendees ignore it and pretend it isn’t happening. That’s called “ignoring the elephant in the room.” Later in the party, Betty pulls a pistol out of her purse and shoots Bob. That’s called “assault with a deadly weapon,” but this cartoon has nothing to do with that. (more…)
As predicted, I got a few angry comments from seniors about today’s comic, “Road Signs For Seniors,” shown below.
They correctly complained that teens and twenty-somethings are responsible for more accidents than seniors. I was moved, therefore, to create this alternate version of my Sunday comic. I hope you enjoy both versions, my precious Jazz Pickles! (more…)
Early this morning I had already gotten a few questions about this cartoon. Apparently, “TM” is not a common enough phrase anymore so it mystified many readers.
It stands for “Transcendental Meditation,” a particular brand of meditating that touts a celebrity guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, as its founder. I actually took the TM course a few years ago and learned to meditate. What I found out is that it is extremely subjective. I do believe that meditation is a good mental practice for achieving a calmer state of mind in general. It helped me relax, think more clearly, worry less, etc. What I don’t believe is that there is any magic in the process or the mantra, which is what TM clearly promotes. In my experience the practice of sitting quietly for 20 minutes and repeating any mental image or word inside my head will achieve the same results. I’ve experimented with this for myself so I know it to be true. (more…)