This is my favorite Concord Monitor cartoon from May.
After 25 years of lampooning NH's reliance on property taxes to underfund everything I'm beginning to lose hope that our esteemed legislature will ever see the light.
NH: 7th wealthiest state in the nation and fixed-income granny has to pay a higher percentage of her income in taxes than Biff Millionare.
This is my favorite Concord Monitor editorial cartoon from April.
My goal with every cartoon is to get my point across with as few words as necessary. Using that criteria, this was my most "successful" cartoon last
This is my favorite Concord Monitor cartoon from March.
To me, the ultimate editorial cartoon is one where I get my point across with all drawing and no voice balloon.
Got two cartoons in the 2014 edition of Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year.
This is my favorite cartoon from February.
The Republicans seem to think that all they have to do to defeat our current congresswomen, legislators and liberal road agents is to just keep harping on Obamacare. The sad part is, for a wide swath of voters this approach will work.
Obamacare's not perfect but it's better than what we had. Oh, and what was the GOP's plan again...?
My favorite cartoon of January is...oops! we have a tie!
I like the first one because 2014 is going to be one big political clown parade including the loooong leadup to the 2016 First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary. Within 3 weeks of this cartoon being printed who shows up in NH but Donald "Birther" Trump. 'Nuff said!
I like the 2nd one because the subject of political/ideological hypocrisy is my all-time favorite subject for a cartoon, and this instance was a doozy!
Finally finding time to acknowledge a couple of changes in my editorial cartoon department...
I’m now only drawing two editorial cartoons a week for the Concord Monitor but have added a full color Sunday funnies-style political comic called Birch & Finch.
The strip will satirize New Hampshire politics via two main characters,
Arthur Birch and Violet Finch. Birch is a 14-term NH legislator of the Republican persuasion. Finch is a six-term House Democrat and she just happens to be Arthur’s daughter. The comic will be a mash & clash of politics, family dynamics and New Hampshire eccentricities. This comic appears on the new Forum page rather than the Opinion page so it will not always be leaning as hard left as my editorial cartoons do. I will portray a reflection of others' opinons as well as my own.
It appears each Saturday in the Monitor - see it online here: http://www.concordmonitor.com/opinion/cartoons/
Each installment is also added to my website several days later.
Birch & Finch has been a long time coming...it originated back in 1995 as a black & white daily comic strip that I proposed to then-editorial page editor John Fensterwald. Alas, it never saw the light of day due to budget constraints.
Fast-forward to today...my current Monitor editor, Felice Belman asked me to come up with something for a new page she was developing - The Forum. I dusted off Birch & Finch and re-wrote it, updating the characters and drawing it in the Sunday funnies style.
Below is a run of strips from the original in which, reflecting the reality of the time, both characters were old-guy legislators.
You can see the new ones on the Birch & Finch page of this website.