When the Washington Post published an article about a certain rock discovered on Rick Perry's family hunting grounds, accusations of racism abounded. The rock, etched with the word, "Niggerhead," was carry-over from a time many years earlier when the area was commonly referred to in that offensive name. At some point, the word had been painted over, but still remained detectible.
Now, I am no fan of Rick Perry by any stretch, but I thought this was a petty political ploy, as childish as the old "Rock, Paper, Scissors game.
A case of bad timing, combined with the bad judgement of Candidate Bachmann, prompted this cartoon. With 29 people dead from from listeria poisoning due to tainted American-grown cantaloupe, attributed to lax regulations — Michelle Bachmann visited a meat packing plant in Iowa. She called for the elimination of "useless" food safety regulations, saying they are "choking American industry." Occasionally, these cartoons write themselves, folks.
This cartoon was widely published, used on several cartoon anthologies —including the NPR "Double Takes" — and even appeared on the Al-Jezeera News website. As far as I know, it was the most widely distributed cartoon I produced last year.
Syrian political cartoonist Ali Ferzat was beat up and his hands broken by Assad's thugs. While still in the hospital with his bloody hands bandaged and his face swollen and bruised, he pledged to continue drawing cartoons critical of President Bashar al-Assad's corrupt regime. I was so moved by his resolve to continue the fight, I drew this cartoon in his honor.
It must be stressed that this is a local (Alexandria, VA) cartoon. While other cities and states, may have suffered more damage from Hurricane Irene, in Alexandria she was little more than any drizzly day. Never-the-less, we prepared for the worst including stocking up on food, water, batteries. And, stood in lines to get sandbags. A more disruptive natural phenomenon had taken place a few weeks earlier when a 5.9 earthquake shook the area.
This cartoon was from around the time that Sarah Palin was criticized for using what appeared to be weapon "crosshairs" in her literature targeting Democrats across the nation. Democra Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords had just been brutally shot in Arizona, and Palin (among others) were accused of perhaps encouraging violence against Democrats by their bellicose rhetoric.
This cartoon was one of the last editorial cartoons to appear in the New York Times after they decided to no longer use work from other editorial cartoonists in the country. Up until then, the Times had a weekly roundup of editorial cartoons from across the country, often printing two or three in the offering. It was considered quite an honor to have been included. In this case, it was the only cartoon used that day.