Green paint and the city

So I’m in NY for a bit.

My flight left Miami on time, actually a half hour late, which is incredible since it seems that thousands of flights have been delayed or canceled all over the U.S. this summer. The whole flight was uneventful, which is the best kind of flight.

I finally remembered to try out my new technique to getting to Manhattan from LaGuardia Airport. I always think of it when we’re on the way stuck in traffic.

What I did was, I got the Uber at the airport, but instead of the driver taking me all the way to the city, I had him drop me off at the Vernon-Jackson subway station in Long Island City. I’m very familiar with this site as it’s where my cousins usually pick me up when I’m going to their houses in Queens or we are heading out to the Hamptons or even if I am just going to Long Island City for anything.

The Vernon Jackson station is one stop from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

This saves a lot of time and money as it shortens the trip by a lot. The driver was even appreciative. He was glad not to have to go all the way into the city and sit in tunnel traffic for a long time. Even on a Saturday, getting into the Midtown Tunnel and getting to the city is a project.

So I hopped on and off the train in no time and was in the city in no time flat. I even used the new OMNY system that I wrote about recently, it worked like a charm.

Some first world problems I had – my first Mr. Softee ice cream of the summer, actually of the year melted all over my hand so I threw it out. The prices keep going up, but they still give you one thin napkin to maneuver the melt.

I also managed to get green paint on me in the subway somewhere. Later on I had gone to Union Square, which is my usual thing and as I came up from down under, I must have touched the paint on the railing or something and for the rest of the day I looked like a slob as I walked around the city and also Hoboken, NJ.

The paint was fresh from the signs they were painting for the SCOTUS protest at Union Square.

All in all, it’s been an interesting start to summer. But it’s been hot and humid, very hot and humid.

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A Bernie comic without Bernie

I threw today’s cartoon together last night.

I follow a bunch of art sites on Instagram – classical artists and museums. Yesterday I was looking at a Monet that came up on the screen and the first thing I did was look for Bernie! That’s when I knew I had to do a cartoon regarding the Bernie memes.

The beauty of it is that Bernie isn’t even in it!

I changed the text about 10 times until I was happy with what it said.

Violence and mayhem

I’m sickened by what happened in our country yesterday. I didn’t post a cartoon today because I think it’s disrespectful to post something funny which has nothing to do with the sorrow we are all feeling.

But here are some political cartoons today, which reflect the treason from yesterday.

Joe Cool

Today’s comic was a friend’s idea. He said, “Why don’t you do something with Joe Cool and Joe Biden?” I wasn’t keen on the idea at first and then started thinking about it and came up with this. It really doesn’t say much, just two figures of American culture; maybe welcoming Joe Biden as our top figure now in media, I guess. Now that he is our new prez, he is surely the main guy in political cartoons now. I know many of you don’t like when I post political cartoons, and I won’t post many, I’ll stick with my usual gag-a-day, but who knows, Cool Joe Biden may pop up once in awhile. Who knows.

I drew Biden before in another cartoon, I’m not sure if I’ve ever used Snoopy, but I’ve drawn him since I was a child, so he’s easy to do.

This other Biden cartoon was used when he was deciding to run or not, it seemed so long for him to make his decision, but I think it was longer in 2016, which is when I originally used this cartoon, I think it ran in the Huffington Post at the time.

Joe Biden and the comic strip

See this picture? It’s Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, our new Prez and VP, but look closely at Joe’s desk. See what’s behind the computer? It’s a comic strip.

A Hagar the Horrible strip that spoke to him.

With all that Biden has gone through in his life; many deaths in the family, this strip spoke to him. I love that.

Many times I wonder if people are reading comics these days. I know they are, but are comics relevant today as they were years ago? I guess they are according to President President-elect Joe Biden.

Gives me hope, not just for the future of comics, but for the future of our country. You gotta have a president who reads and saves comics!

This comics info on Biden came from a long Piers Morgan article in Mail Online, it talks about his phone call from Biden when his son Beau passed away, Piers had never spoken to Joe Biden before, but he knew Beau, and at that time, Biden told him about saving this comic strip. You can read it here.

This morning there was a great segment on CBS Sunday Morning about a book compliation between Steve Martin and Harry Bliss, the cartoonist. Here it is:

He’s getting away!

We keep hearing “Stop the count!” and I thought of this cartoon for today – Count Dracula getting away!

There have been memes of The Count from Sesame Street, too. Lots of funny puns and stuff.

#stopthecount – the hashtag of the week? Or maybe #trackingkornacki for the tireless Steve Kornacki. His hashtag even comes with a little icon of himself!

Kornacki at work (never sleeps).

Political cartoons

I ran a sort of political comic yesterday (the native American one below) and this voting booth one today. Some people don’t like when I post political stuff. They have told me. But it’s all in fun. I’m not choosing sides and how could I not run a political cartoon or two when we have been enveloped in politics this whole political season.

Just this morning it seems that every commercial on tv is a last minute local political ad pushing for those last minute undecided voters – mayors, city council, senators, etc. The best part about tomorrow is that these non-stop commercials, many full of lies and exaggerations, will be gone.

But I’m glad that people read my comics to not read political stuff. That’s what I’m aiming for – good clean fun for the whole family, even those who call my stuff “boomer humor.” I guess they are trying to insult me, but they are reading me, so God speed. In the past I used to draw for the masses and then I kept hearing, “draw what you like and your audience will come.” And so I started doing that and it worked.

Glad to have you here and here. Thank you.

Women voters

There were two beautiful stories on women voters on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday. Here they are . . .

The first is on Susan B. Anthony and how women pay tribute to her every voting day, by visiting her grave and leaving “I voted” stickers.

And this one is called “104-year-old Ruth Rosner on casting her vote.” It follows Ms. Rosner as she votes for president for the 22nd time in her life! She’s so great, so there!