Dug the Nov 02
comic beyond all reason: every bit was friggin' perfect, the feco-fonted spltrch, Cheney whistling
as he deliberately looks away from his man's suicide , Rove screaming
in mortal agony (a comforting image for cold winter nights), the half
faces  of Bush presenting Jenna, and the crowning touch:
not only is Bill Clinton on Jenna's well-rounded ass, but he has a
rose in his teeth. My hat is off to you, as is my larynx after
laughing for five minutes straight.
 The crunc-
 You must have
seen work on facial asymmetry. Apparently the left side presents the
darker side of the soul while the right side is the lighter; try covering
left and right on photographs.
Thanks for your compliments on my work. I'm especially gratified
that you noticed the asymmetry of the Bush's face; this is a nuance
to which I devote a fair amount of attention and effort, and to
which I'm glumly certain most readers are oblivious. I often give
a character two different, sometimes contradictory, expressions
on the different halves of his face to imply, ambivalence, conflict,
or an emotion changing over a moment, the cartoon equivalent of
a grace note.
I vividly recall an illustration of facial asymmetry in a textbook
whereby two composite Richard Nixons had been created, each out
of one mirrored half of his face. They looked like two separate
parallel-universe Nixons, both recognizable but subtly different
from one another. However, I don't recall reading that these halves
are thought to reflect good and evil sides of one's personality,
like President Nixon and Mr. Dick. If only we could have freed Nixon
the thoughtful, visionary statesman from Nixon the paranoid schemer.
Quite a while back
the City Paper ran one of your comics featuring a faux Egyptian inscription
featuring Duhbya in the role of George, Son of George. Could
I please get a copy of this? Perhaps you could prevail upon
your webmaster and friend to create a separate archive of cartoons
related to the Reign of Stupidity, AKA 2000-present in the United
States. Barring a freebie, could you let me know if it is available
in one of your books.
The drawing that you refer to
is "Celebrating 5.000 Years of Imperialism" and is available
in the files March 19, 2003, and in
the second book of Mr. Kreider's, Why Do They Kill Me? The inscription also it is cuneiform.
Not sure if Tim
saw this one... seems like there should be a cartoon in it.
George met with the president
of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. Jose commented on
how nice George's suit was, and George responded, "God told me
to wear it." A moment later he
added, "That's a joke."
A rare instance when
I deign to take over electronic correspondence from Ms. C.-H., because
this suit joke is by far the funniest thing I have ever heard the
President say. It genuinely delights me. Also it indicates a greater
degree of self-awareness than I thought he posessed. The joke is
only ostensibly at his own expense; really it's mocking
those Godless' Europeans perception of Bush as a Jesus-freak
yahoo. Still, it is fucking hilarious. It's been cracking me up
By the way, have you
ever seen the wedding video shot years before his Presidency in
which Bush, drink in hand, makes fun of the groom at length? It
used to be available on www.thesmokingun.com. He's a funny guy.
If he hadn't had such powerful connections and had instead just
been a floor salesman at Joseph A. Bank or a Datsun lot, he might
have turned out to be an okay person. Sigh. I wish he was still
Inspired by this joke
I have written a letter to the President, offering to draw any cartoon
idea he sends me. We will see where this gets me.
18 November 2005
[In response to Tim's offer
to draw any cartoon idea President Bush submitted]:
Thank you for your generous offer. We sometimes
pass around your City Paper cartoons
at Cabinet Meetings and get a chuckle out of them. We disagree
on many things, Tim, but funny is funny (Show yer tits--ha ha). So
here is my cartoon idea. I am talking to VP Cheney:
"Well, Dick (ha ha--don't put the "ha ha" in), I guess
you won't be getting to ride your scooter at Christmas this year."
That's it. I guess it might be funny if Dick said something
back, like "oh you got me" or something, but I'm not sure.
I leave that up to your humor expertice.