Below is the latest The Pain -- When Will It End?
Updated 01/10/01

Artist's Statement

The idea for this cartoon comes from Jim Fisher, who is frequently featured in my drawings (he's the big guy with the beard from "The Miracles of Jim"). He came up with this around the time of the election, and it has everything to do with the identical bad choices we were being given at the polls last November. (Jim and I are both members of the Upper Chesapeake Green Party.) And, of course, behind the scenes of the whole sham lurk the everlasting fires of Hell.

I was really just serving as illustrator on this one, but I'm pleased with the way it came out; the devil has sort of a leering game-show host expression, clearly delighting in the pointless anguish he's inflicting on this shivering old guy. I also think the cartoon has implications that go beyond this or any other election. It's my suspicion that all the deliberate, excruciating choices we make in this life ultimately amount to nothing and we're all fucked no matter what we do. So take your pick.