Thursday, October 23, 2014

Q Toon: Sistine Canticles

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
✒Oct 23, 2014
Last week, I drew a deliberately detail-free cartoon: a rainbow, a Lady Justice, and some calligraphy. Anything further would have distracted from the point of the cartoon. As a result, it didn't take a particularly long time to draw once I started inking it.

This week's cartoon is another story altogether, and at one point I emerged from my basement lair in order to let ink dry before going back and adding background details. Chris asked me if I were finished drawing yet. "No," I told him. "I'm drawing the Sistine Chapel."

"Are you going to finish in time to go on vacation this year?"

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Q Toon: The Arc of the Moral Universe

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
✒Oct 16, 2014
Well over a week after the fact, here's my response to the Supreme Court's decision not to overturn lower court rulings finding marriage discrimination unconstitutional.

It's not often that I put out something with no attempt and humor, irony, or at least sarcasm, but I decided that was the way to go this time. Nick Anderson's cartoon the morning after the decision portrayed the judicial situation better than most, although I thought it would be funnier to show Justice Roberts -- or perhaps several justices -- slapping a hand over an apoplectic Justice Scalia's mouth. But then Mike Keefe drew this one, so that idea was out.

And the judgments keep rolling in -- Idaho, Alaska, Nevada, North Carolina -- and suddenly one wonders which state will be the last to withstand the tide. Alabama?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scott Walker Caricature

It's time for installment #3 in my series of Wisconsin candidates for office in 2014:

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
✒Oct 15, 2014
Here the incumbent governor, Republican Darth Snotwalker, takes to the classroom to teach the state a little lesson in division.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This Week's Sneak Peek


This week, a little something for all you bondage fetishists out there.

And toga partiers.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Oh, I Believe in Yesterday

I had wanted to post this front page on September 13, the 40th anniversary of the demise of Chicago Today, but I couldn't remember where I had stored my copy.
So, here, on the 40 Year And One Month anniversary is the front page of the final, "souvenir" edition of the 7-star edition of Chicago Today. The tabloid Chicago Today was created in 1969 as the successor to the Hearst-founded broadsheet Chicago Herald American. At its demise, it was one of two afternoon papers in Chicago -- still boasting that it had the higher circulation of the two -- and was folded into its owner, the Chicago Tribune, bringing all the cartoons, columnists, and other features with it. 

For a time, the Tribune continued publishing a "red streak" edition in the afternoon. Its news was updated from the morning edition, but its features were not. It's hard to imagine why the publishers thought an afternoon paper with identical features to the morning edition would sell better than an afternoon paper with its own features.

You can read a more complete history of the Chicago American and Chicago Today at the Chicagology site here.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mary Burke Caricature

Continuing a series of caricatures of characters running for office in Wisconsin this year, here's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.
Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
✒Oct 12, 2014

I drew her squinting because one of her first TV ads had her squinting into the sun as she spoke to the camera, and that was the first impression she left on voters.