Try as I might to stay out of politics in my comics, some issues just grab me by the throat and force my hand. This is one such issue.
No matter how long I live I don’t think I’ll ever understand why anyone cares who anyone else marries.
Personally, I don’t think the government should be involved in marriage issues whatsoever. Marriage should be left to the individuals entering into it: a civil contract, an agreement on a handshake, a religious ceremony if you like, a costume party in the woods, whatever makes sense to the people doing it. But the government’s interest in the institution is entirely misplaced in this day and age. Why do married people get tax breaks, special treatment from hospitals and insurance companies, or any special treatment at all from anyone, unless the powers-that-be are trying to direct and control society to their own end? We know from history that this never turns out well for the rest of us. (more…)
I conceived of this cartoon back in my first year of syndication in 1985 when I was just a child cartoonist, but the drawing was perfectly awful. (OMG, look how ugly it was!) I’d forgotten all about it until I came across it again recently but I liked the concept so much that I decided to draw and publish it again. I hope you enjoy looking upon it as much as I did redrawing it in a less ugly fashion. (more…)
So I was thinking what would happen if Adam and Eve’s neighbors happened by just as they were standing naked together, talking to a snake and eating a piece of “forbidden” fruit. Now, I know in the classic version there were no neighbors because Adam and Eve were the first humans, but according to the same story, they had a couple of sons, Cain and Able, and one of them grew up and got married. So where did his bride come from? This leads me to believe that either this is a traditional myth used to teach a certain lesson, or incest was okay for a very long time (until there were enough people to find someone to mate with to whom you were not very closely related.) Ew. I’m going to assume it is a myth. (more…)
Does anyone out there have a modern solution to the password thing? You’re supposed to use different passwords for all your sites to reduce the possibility of having your identity stolen, but how do you remember them all? If you write them on a list, someone will steal the list and steal your life. I’ve taken to keeping a list but writing it in code. But sometimes I can’t remember what the code is. Gosh, life in the future can suck sometimes. (more…)
Today’s (Sunday) cartoon is about the lamentable corporatization of America. I know it has advantages, like cheaper crap with which to clutter up our lives, but it also has a terrible price. Small businesses get run out of business daily, jobs are shipped overseas by the tens of millions, minimum wage is below poverty level, laws are passed to allow corporations to effectively “buy” government officials, and a small busload of people at the very top keep all of the money and the rest of us have increasingly fewer options for working for anyone other than the megacorporations that own our country. If what has happened in so many other countries is any indication, what will happen is that as the gap widens between the immorally wealthy and the rest of us, most of the country becomes a ghetto, with a few gated, guarded, armed, compounds where the very rich live as prisoners of their greed. (We’re already starting to see this last symptom.) They may eventually be overthrown by mobs of hungry peasants, as was the case during the French Revolution, or they may never be able to leave their mansion/prisons without a phalanx of armed guards for fear of being kidnapped, as is the case in present day Rio De Janeiro and quite a few other places. Think of this the next time you get angry about government programs that attempt to level the playing field. This kind of social collapse for America is not as far-off as we are lulled into thinking and neither side of that kind of income gap is a comfortable place to be. (more…)
As they say in my home state of Oklahoma, I went “hog-ass wild” on the art on today’s comic. Not only are there a whopping 10secret symbols to look for, don’t miss the extra details I put in this one, or my toil will have been in vain. The reflections in the counter tops and floors, the nuanced positions of the characters as they record their every movement (bowels included?) with their smart phones, and the tiny image in the screen of the phone of the man in the foreground. I hope you enjoy it. If you will allow me to be even more immodest for a moment, I’d also like to say that I’m proud of this gag. (For a larger view, click any coffee mug.)(more…)
In this imagination of the not-too-distant future, I indulge the climate change deniers with a world in which they still run things. Corporations have found that there is still more money in pollution than in intelligent energy solutions, and so the human population of Earth is left wearing expensive contraptions to protect them from the hostile environment. (more…)