Monday, December 15, 2014

This Week's Sneak Peek

Uh-oh. Looks like these two, while dotting their i's and crossing their t's, inadvertently crossed an "l." And they're not Polish.

Or perhaps they've screwed up in a scavenger hunt.

All will be revealed sometime around Thursday.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Double Issue!

My copy of Time magazine's Person of the Year issue arrived in the mail today, and on page 16, there's a collage of covers of all 46 issues of the magazine this year.

It used to be that you subscribed to Time (or Newsweek, or U.S. News and World Report) and got 52 issues every year. 53 if there were a January 1 issue and a December 31 issue that year. Now there are at least six weeks during which they simply don't put out a magazine.

The reason for this is the "Double Issue," which supposedly gives you double the value one week so that the magazine's staff can take the next week off. This year, those were the "100 Most Influential People" issue (May 5 / May 12, 2014, 150 pages), "The Smarter Home" (July 7 / July 14, 2014, 108 pages), "The Genius Issue" (Dec. 1 / Dec. 8, 2014, 118 pages), and "Person of the Year" (Dec. 22 / Dec. 29, 2014, 164 pages, four of which are alternative cover pages).

By the way, those first two covers at right are the December 23, 2013 Pope Francis Person of the Year issue (also a "double issue") and the December 30, 2013 The Year In Pictures issue. This year's Person of the Year cover(s) isn't (aren't) included.

So that's actually only 45 issues dated 2014, assuming that "The Year in Pictures" will come out in two weeks as the January 6, 2015 issue.

Or, I'm guessing, the January 6 / January 13, 2015 double issue. Who wants to work between Christmas and New Year's, anyway?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Q Toon: Rebranding the Tool

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
✒Dec 11, 2014
This week's cartoon applies only in the states of California and New Jersey, plus the District of Columbia, where laws banning "reparative therapy" to change a minor’s sexual orientation “including efforts to change behaviors, gender identity or expression, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward a person of the same sex or gender” have been signed into law. (Language from the D.C. bill.)

Court challenges by conversion therapy advocates to the California and New Jersey laws on the grounds that their exercise of religion was being infringed were both rejected. A court challenge to the D.C. law may be unnecessary, should the Republican Congress decide to step in. (Republicans talk a good game about "local control," but put them in charge of state and federal government, and they will not hesitate to make decisions about how big cities they don't live in ought to be run.)

Meanwhile, a similar laws failed to pass in New York, Maryland, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington in the latest biennium.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

God Rest Ye Merry

Digging into the water-damaged section of my ancient work, we find this cover illustration for the UW-Milwaukee Post from December, 1990:

Monday, December 8, 2014

This Week's Sneak Peek

In matters that have nothing to do with this week's cartoon, a small contingent from the Westboro Batshit Church has been picketing churches, schools and other sites in my neck of the woods yesterday and today. Their targets included the high school just two blocks from where I work; their picketing was planned for dismissal time, so the school let out two hours early.

I opted not to take part in the spectacle, although some people from work did take the time to counter protest the Westboro Clan in the chilly drizzle. (Beth A. Gilmore set up a Facebook page on the Racine counter-protesters' behalf; the Racine Journal Times's coverage of the Westborg and the counter-protests at St. Lucy's afternoon mass is here.)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Q Toon: No Sugar Plum Fairies Here

It's time for this year's Christmas themed cartoon!

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
Dec 5, 2014

I don't much like cartoons that are this wordy, especially when they're all packed into one panel. But that big, overstuffed text balloon did save me from having to research whether there should have been loge seats or balconies behind it.

And it does make my cartoon stand out when every other cartoon out today gets by with only three words.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Does This Ring a Bell?

Due to technical difficulties (namely going through the entire day yesterday thinking I had already uploaded the file to the AAEC web site when I hadn't), this week's Q Syndicate cartoon will be delayed until tomorrow.

Yes, I could have dated the cartoon for release today when I uploaded it this morning, but I let the default date of Tomorrow slide. If you really can't wait, it's up on the Between the Lines and the Bay Area Reporter sites.

Otherwise, faithful reader, I promise to have the cartoon up with my own thoughts about it tomorrow; and in the meantime, here's an old Christmas Cheer cartoon from 2001.