Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Since I believe Santa will be whisking me away from my computer tomorrow, here is a sneak peek at tomorrow's cartoon. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

This week's cartoon

This week's cartoon is revisiting a local issue. A couple of weeks ago I did one about the Lancaster, PA train station currently being "renovated" but after spending many $$$ and many, many hours it was discovered that the only thing being renovated was the Amtrak offices, the roof and the parking lot. Much to the dismay of our mayor and the entire train commuting population.

This week some early bird commuters arrived at the station to find it locked and dark with only minutes before the first train was to arrive. The commuters broke in and made their way to the platform. Amtrak's response was that it was a mere "scheduling error."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

ToonSeum visit

I had the great fortune last Saturday to be in Pittsburgh and along with visiting my favorite designer (and daughter) managed to finally get to the ToonSeum. It is a wonderful, tiny, gem of a museum dedicated to the cartoon arts, both stationary and animated.

The show that was up on the walls was a collection of Looney Tunes art. Character sheets, story boards, music scores, and cells of characters and backgrounds. Wonderful stuff from Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson, Sam Nicholson, Maurice Noble and recordings of the immortal, Mel Blanc.

I wish that I had more than my iPhone camera to record the visit. Sorry for the poor quality.

A very cool aspect of the show is that it was sponsored by the Acme Brick Company!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Today's cartoon and some good news

Good news this week- I heard from the publisher of The Year's Best Editorial Cartoons 2012 Edition and three of my cartoons were selected to be in the book. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday's cartoon

Out of town yesterday so this post is a little late. Just in time for Halloween, Michele Bachmann is in the spirit of the season.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Train Station woes.

A little late this week. This past Sunday's cartoon: a local issue. Our aging train station here in Lancaster finally got going on its renovation a year and a half ago. As the project is winding down the mayor toured it and discovered they aren't planning to use any of the money to renovate the lobby! It is still sporting peeling paint, cracks, no air conditioning, and priceless woodwork that is in critical need of repair.

Oh yeah, did I mention that all of the Amtrak offices did get air conditioning and renovations?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A little late but here is Sunday's cartoon

Sorry for the late posting of this cartoon. We were part of the flood damage area and had to deal with some of Mother Nature's wrath. We were fortunate compared to many others.

Friday, September 2, 2011

We are not alone

Parents of prospective art college students often ask me: "What kind of jobs are there for illustrators?" I then proceed to tell them that almost all illustrators are "freelancers" and that we work out of our studios, usually found in our homes. I then get the hard stare of the protective mama and papa bear who fear for their cub and his or her future without a biweekly paycheck, health benefits, and  the possibility that said cub may never leave the den. I would always advise them that although it is not the life for everyone, it is the life for a certain few of us and that it can be very rewarding. 

When I started freelancing in 1989, I was in a distinct minority. Over the years with all of the ups and downs of the economy more people have joined the ranks. The "Gig Economy" Sara Horowitz describes in this first of a series of articles from The Atlantic, on the rise of the freelancer in our workplace. I don't know what it portends for our economy's future but at least it is nice to know we freelance illustrators are not alone anymore. 

Sara Horowitz is the founder of Freelancers Union, an advocacy group for independent workers like me. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Classic Rock Neighborhood

There is an apartment complex down the road that must have had some classic rockers on hand when they were naming the streets. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Better Late Than Ever

The summer has me running behind schedule posting the weekly cartoons. My apologies.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Today's cartoon.

While doing some research for this week's cartoon, I came across a list of politicians caught in sex scandals within my lifetime and it was a long one. I thought these guys have to have a secret club somewhere.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mothers Day cartoon.

I was away from my computer yesterday so I wasn't able to post this on the day of.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Yesterday's cartoon

Yesterday's cartoon. For people who aren't living in Pennsylvania, this one concerns our new Governor's announcement of his new budget last week. The budget calls for drastic cuts for everyone and no state tax increases. Curiously, still doesn't impose any taxes on the gas companies exploring and finding natural gas in the shale "under our feet." These companies are poised to make lots of money while they use and abuse our resources and roads.