8.31.2010

Meet The Kids



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North Korean leader Kim Jong-il spent the weekend in the Chinese border city of Changchun, reportedly introducing his son and heir apparent Kim Jong-un to Chinese President Hu Jintao. More detail here via CNN.

8.30.2010

The Secret Life of Kelvin



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Thanks to @semisara for the photo of Kelvin (probably not his name).

8.24.2010

Meet the Independents



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As a regular cartoonist for the Tucson Sentinel, I've developed an unhealthy interest in the political scene in Arizona, where voters go to the polls today to decide the Democratic and Republican candidates for Senate. Arizona is one of the states where independent voters can participate in primary elections, and that's the focus of today's cartoon.

More background on the Democratic primary here from the Sentinel's Dylan Smith. The Republican primary pits Senator John McCain against challenger J.D. Hayworth.

8.18.2010

Steve Jobs, Warm and Fuzzy



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The Doctor Is In



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This is one of a pair of cartoons I did for Australian Macworld, which will publish the other later this month. I'm in Australian Macworld with a Macintoon every month.

8.17.2010

Periodic Table of Democratic Candidates



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As a regular cartoonist for the Tucson Sentinel, I've developed an unhealthy interest in the political scene in Arizona, where according to a recent poll, former Tucson city councilman Rodney Glassman has a microscopic lead over three rivals in the upcoming (August 24) primary election to choose a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, facing the winner of a bruising fight between Senator John McCain and J.D. Hayworth.

More background on the Democratic primary here from the Sentinel's Dylan Smith.

8.16.2010

日本語上手ですね ...



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The Tokyo Metro has been running a 'manners campaign' for several years, and each month publishes a new poster in stations. Over the months, the campaign has pretty much covered every bit of proscribed activity (don't throw up on your fellow passengers, don't practice your golf swing on the platform with a wet umbrella, etc.) imaginable, and three months ago moved on to behavior that is apparently encouraged.

The above images are 'repurposed' from a campaign poster that urges passengers be considerate of their fellow travelers when they are carrying large pieces of luggage, and the punchline of this particular comic pokes fun at Japanese (and nearly everyone does it) who extravagantly compliment foreigners on their Japanese language speaking ability if they can manage to say as little as "thank you" with a halfway decent accent.

[To see other cartoons and comics in the Tokyo Metro series, click here or on "Tokyo Metro" in the labels below.]

Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.



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8.14.2010

"White, yellow ... we're all racists."



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The "Gathering of Patriots to Bring About World Peace" in Tokyo is not what its name might imply. Issuikai, a Japanese nationalist group, has brought together far-right groups from eight European countries and Japan to talk of "patriotism" and "nationalism", wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

Amusingly, the agenda included a visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, a rightist Mecca where Japan's war dead, including convicted war criminals, are honored. Amusingly, of course, because while British National Party representative Adam Walker and his colleagues rail against immigrants who come to Britain to work as dishwashers, undermining the country's moral and economic fiber, during the Second World War ago some of the convicted war criminals entombed at Yasukuni Shrine were entertaining British soldiers in prison camps in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaya and Burma.

[See more Yasukuni cartoons by clicking "Yasukuni" below in Labels.]

The Old Exploding Umbrella Trick



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The Tokyo Metro has been running a 'manners campaign' for several years, and each month publishes a new poster in stations. Over the months, the campaign has pretty much covered every bit of proscribed activity (don't throw up on your fellow passengers, etc.) imaginable, and three months ago moved on to behavior that is apparently encouraged. The above images are 'repurposed' from campaign posters.

[To see other cartoons and comics in the Tokyo Metro series, click here or on "Tokyo Metro" in the labels below.]

8.13.2010

The End of the Affair



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The Tokyo Metro has been running a 'manners campaign' for several years, and each month publishes a new poster in stations. Over the months, the campaign has pretty much covered every bit of proscribed activity (don't throw up on your fellow passengers, etc.) imaginable, and three months ago moved on to behavior that is apparently encouraged. The above images are 'repurposed' from campaign posters.

[To see other cartoons and comics in the Tokyo Metro series, click here or on "Tokyo Metro" in the labels below.]

The Education of a Somali Pirate



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8.11.2010

The Prime Minister Regrets ...



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Yesterday Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan offered a "heartfelt apology" for his country's occupation of the Korean peninsula, but indicated that Tokyo was not willing to discuss any claims for compensation. The statement closely mirrored previous apologies to Asian victims of Japanese wartime aggression given by former prime ministers Tomiichi Murayama and Junichiro Koizumi, and is being seen as an attempt to strengthen ties with South Korea.

See Justin McCurry's report in The Guardian here.

8.09.2010

The Photographers



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Not that you would ever blackmail someone with photographs, Riccardo! ;-)

Moomin Mayhem



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The Moomins are characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. They're a family of trolls who live in a house in Moominvalley, in the forests of Finland, and today a postcard arrived from a Finnish friend, living in Sweden, noting: "Looks like Moominmamma is about to teach her husband a lesson ..."

And a cartoon resulted.

Tiger's Problem



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8.03.2010

"Crabby locals" resent intrusive Border Patrol presence



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Over the past four years, the U.S. Border Patrol has grown by two-thirds, from 12,000 to 20,000 agents, and while Border Patrol agents say they only ask motorists questions about their citizenship, some people report the questioning can go far beyond that, and say traffic stops and checkpoints have become intrusive.

They also say many of the Border Patrol's new recruits are failing to make any effort to integrate themselves into the communities in which they work, with the result that understanding and cooperation between agents and locals is limited.

See the Tuscon Sentinel's report on "crabby locals" here.

8.01.2010

Charlie Rangel's Gotta Eat



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Arizona Mandela



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Arizona's Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070) is anti-illegal immigration legislation that makes it a crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying registration documents required by federal law, authorizes state and local law enforcement of federal immigration laws, and provides for penalties against those sheltering, hiring and transporting illegal aliens.

Critics of the legislation say it encourages racial profiling, while supporters say the law simply enforces existing federal law.
 
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