Below is the latest The Pain -- When Will It End?
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.