Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Q Toon: AIDS at 30-Something

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
✒Nov 26, 2014
My apologies for spoiling somebody's Thanksgiving appetite, but I decided to draw a cartoon for World AIDS Day (December 1) this week.

Which presented the challenge of How To Draw AIDS. For a cartoon marking the supposed 20th anniversary of the disease (or more precisely, of its diagnosis in the U.S.), I had drawn it as a skeleton; but that was a particularly unsatisfying personification. Any  deadly disease -- or terrorism, or freeway accidents or the Republican alternative to Obamacare -- can be depicted as a skeleton.

Instead, I decided to draw whatever the virus is actually supposed to look like, which is, apparently, a bucky-ball with polyps. And, I arbitrarily decided the other virus would be the poliovirus, at the risk of alarming someone out there who knows that I got their relative sizes wrong or whatever.

Monday, November 24, 2014

This Week's Sneak Peek

Pelican Publishing has informed us editorial cartoonists that there will be no more editions of Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year.

The move is not particularly surprising. The series's longtime editor, Charles Brooks, passed away a couple of years ago. The last two editions have been edited by Steve Kelley, who produced a well-balanced book, and Dean Turnbloom, who didn't. Yet even before that, a significant number of the very best practitioners of our dwindling profession declined to submit their work for consideration; if not for the award-winning cartoons printed on the first several pages, the book's title was often rather dubious.

As for this week's cartoon: I had hoped to be able to include a street sign for Huguenot Walloon Drive in the cartoon as a tribute to the late Mike Nichols; that was the name of the street Nichols and Elaine May would use when they needed to include a street address in their skits. Unfortunately, there was no place for a street sign anywhere in the cartoon.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Q Toon: What's Good for the Michigoose

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
✒Nov 20, 2014
Just before I left for vacation, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals went against a wave of appellate court rulings by deciding that it is constitutional for Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee to deny marriage rights to same-sex couples. The two Republican appointees found in DeBoer v. Snyder that
By creating a status (marriage) and by subsidizing it (e.g., with tax-filing privileges and deductions), the States created an incentive for two people who procreate together to stay together for purposes of rearing offspring. That does not convict the States of irrationality, only of awareness of the biological reality that couples of the same sex do
not have children in the same way as couples of opposite sexes and that couples of the same sex do not run the risk of unintended offspring. 
This, after earlier noting that in the case of the Michigan couple named as plaintiffs, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse,
Marriage was not their first objective. DeBoer and Rowse each had adopted children as single parents, and both wanted to serve as adoptive parents for the other partner’s children. Their initial complaint alleged that Michigan’s adoption laws violated
the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The State moved to dismiss the lawsuit for lack of standing, and the district court tentatively agreed. Rather than dismissing the action, the court “invit[ed the] plaintiffs to seek leave to amend their complaint to . . . challenge” Michigan’s laws denying them a marriage license.
So I guess marriage discrimination is intended to promote tax breaks for opposite-sex couples having "unintended offspring." Which puts Republican opposition to "Planned Parenthood" in a whole new light.

Monday, November 17, 2014

This Week's Sneak Peek

I'm back from The Big Easy and drawing more-or-less current events again this week.

If you're carousing in the Crescent City any time soon, be sure not to limit yourself to Bourbon Street. We caught a couple really good, young jazz bands performing at bars on Frenchmen Street (which, admittedly, is only spitting distance from the French Quarter anyway).

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Q Toon: Nature v. Nurture

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
Nov 13, 2014
I have no firm opinions on the Nature vs. Nurture debate -- that is, are gays born this way, or is it how we were raised? -- but the subject in this week's cartoon has a few ideas of his own.

Monday, November 10, 2014

This Week's Sneak Peek


Meanwhile, in a leather recliner far away, mild-mannered New Yorker reader Werner Klapsdoktor spotted an amusing cartoon about dogs enjoying a costume party in the Hamptons.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

If I Seem Distracted

If I've seemed distracted lately, and if next week's cartoon seems curiously disconnected from current events, please accept my apologies. Chris and I were married yesterday evening.