Editorial Cartoons for Newspapers & Magazines
Florida Today, September 12, 2016 -- Muhammad Ali's "Thriller in Manila" leads the way this week, despite Hillary's unfortunate malady. As a 64 year old, I understand how unpredictable your health can be.
Florida Today, September 5, 2016 -- I forget sometimes that it really IS all about the money whether the candidate's or the media's.
Florida Today, August 29, 2016 --This stirred up an angry buzz with Clinton supporters.
Florida Today, August 22, 2016 -- I'm not sure how this inanimate glass thing with scrolling text took over the world of politics in a consulting role.
Florida Today, August 15, 2016 -- Another opportunity to draw and colorize animals and at the same time make a reference to local politics.
Florida Today, August 8, 2016 -- Somehow, this cartoon was a crowd favorite in the Twitter world. No reports from UPS about delivery to Trump HQ.
Florida Today, August 1, 2016 -- The Rep and Dem conventions weren't anything I didn't expect to see, but I was relieved that both
went out of their way to end near my bed time.
Florida Today, July 25, 2016 -- I'm thinking of buying sign company stock.
Florida Today, July 18, 2016 -- I'm sure it's equally hot for people and animals too.
Florida Today, July 11, 2016 -- There's a disgusting green algae popping up on Florida waterways, but no one takes the time
to consider the algae's point of view.
Florida Today, July 4, 2016 -- My editors asked for a July 4th cartoon and I apparently got ahead of myself with this submission. It was rejected for being not 4th of July-ish enough -- which I understand. Next time I'll ask them if they REALLY want a nice holiday illustration.
Florida Today, June 27, 2016 -- At the end of his last term, one of our generally brighter and more intelligent commissioners decided he'd do a bit of legacy building, suggesting a big stadium in sleepy Titusville [The Robin Fisher Sports Plex, no doubt]. Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail.
Florida Today, June 20, 2016 -- We live 60 miles from Orando. The Pulse shootings, Port St. Lucie (the place where the shooter lived), the venue where the Christina Grimmie was shot in Orlando and the little boy at Disney World have been sad and startling. All the gun control chatter seems to miss the point that there are a pile of ways to kills us if someone puts their mind to it. Even if they can't find a gun they can certainly find a knife, or with a little knowledge of chemistry they can piece together a bomb. None of these ways to die happen without a sick mind behind it.
Florida Today, June 13, 2016 -- Constitution is a funny thing isn't it? Designed not to be changed at the whim of public opinion.
Florida Today, June 6, 2016 -- It's my annual Shark Week cartoon [with apologies to the sharks, btw]
Florida Today, May 30, 2016 -- The Brevard School Board Chair, during heated public input during a meeting, jails a speaker.
Florida Today decries the inhumanity of not letting this fellow speak. The School Board votes down the transgender proposal. One of the 90 speakers against the proposal, a Greek Orthodox priest, said, "This is not San Francisco, folks. This is Brevard County."
Florida Today, May 23, 2016 -- The Sanders campaign continues to stymie Hillary as the DNC plods ahead to put an end to Bernie's campaign run.
Florida Today, May 16, 2016 -- I know the media and pols are fixated on Trump, but I would love the backgrounder on how the
Clinton campaign -- and Hillary in particular -- is handling the bad news at most open Dem primaries. Do they care? Is she SO tough that she
just shrugs it off? What does Bill think? What does Huma say?
Florida Today, May 9, 2016 -- I watch the attractive talking heads and guests on CNN and MSNBC. They STILL don't seem to understand
just how upset the Republican and independent voters are.
Florida Today, May 2, 2016 -- Some blue state - red state thinking just hours prior to the departure of Cruz and Kasich.
Florida Today, April 25, 2016 -- Finally, some private space businesses and competition.
Florida Today, April 18, 2016 -- And we have both conventions to look forward to!
Florida Today, April 11, 2016 -- The Washington Nationals are moving their spring training to someplace in Vero, FL from Brevard. I made it to a handful of games this year and had a great time.
Florida Today, April 4, 2016 -- A smelly fish kill on the rivers in Brevard re-introduces residents to the problem of pollutants in our rivers and the importance of taking action ASAP.
Florida Today, March 28, 2016 -- Turns out that this cartoon takes a bit of 'splaining. A beer truck and a potato chip truck collided on I-95 in Brevard County, FL, leading me to ask the obvious question about other ingredients like guacamole and margaritas that might be included in the next party-time wreck, and then leading me to ask the next if this wasn't a great new business idea and where would you put it. Port Canaveral is always clamoring for new retail businesses and at the same time trying to put lipstick on the Exploration Tower pig. Combine these and you've got an entirely new concept: Tractor Trailor Bar & Grille with a great view of ships and containers.
Florida Today, March 21, 2016 -- Spring training is almost over ... time to get back to work, Marco.
Florida Today, March 21, 2016 -- Rejected by Florida Today but a personal favorite.
Florida Today, March 14, 2016 -- Putting aside differences of style between traditional republican leadership and Trump's populist approach to campaigning, I'm astounded at the rigidity of the Party's approach.
Florida Today, March 7, 2016 -- Campaign language and hand gestures were getting a bit rough the first week of March.
Florida Today, February 29, 2016 -- OK, OK, it's a little obscure, but the puppet is Rubio and the ventriloquist is trying to talk thru Marco with a mouthful of water.
Florida Today, February 22, 2016 -- Makes me wonder how the White House and the Justice department are going to handle the odor of Mrs. Clinton's e-mail.
Florida Today, February 15, 2016 -- You can talk until you're blue in the face about big money. super pacs, and wall street banks buying our elections, but frankly both Trump and Sanders have steered clear of this by either self funding or small donations.
Florida Today, February 8, 2016 -- I'm reading more stories about 'cheap' foreign labor replacing American workers, but also about robots and automation replacing cheap foreign labor AND American workers. Thankfully -- I suppose -- the demand for American cartoonists remains low, which discourages robot cartoonists.
Florida Today, February 1, 2016 -- Maybe the parties, pundits, media and super PACs need to rethink the long view.
Florida Today, January 25, 2016 -- The Port Commission throws money at a new port CEO
Florida Today, January 18, 2016 -- County commission decides not to add a 6 cent tax to the cost of gas, pleading that the county STILL has
too much money to shave off it's budget.
Florida Today, January 11, 2016 -- I'm sure the Nobel Peace Prize looks impressive in the President's sock drawer.
Florida Today, January 4, 2016 -- Eeeeek! The new year has arrived. How time flies.
My 100th editorial cartoon for Florida Today.
Florida Today, December 28, 2015 -- SpaceX lands a booster on its tail at KSC (very exciting live event).
Florida Today, December 21, 2015 -- With Christmas Eve approaching, Santa might consider clearing his flight and immigration plan with the TSA and FBI.
Florida Today, December 14, 2015 -- Sheriff Wayne Ivey posts a video about "good guys" carrying a weapon, so a beach full of yellow cans full of coffee seems like an obvious reason for the "good guys" to carry an empty coffee pot.
Florida Today, December 7, 2015 -- SpaceX and Blue Origin light some fire under launch urgency
Florida Today, November 30, 2015 -- Climate changes come to Florida again this year. BRRRRR
Florida Today, November 23, 2015 -- The Emperor's new clothes.
Florida Today, November 16, 2015 -- Somehow professional wrestling is similar to presidential debates ...
Florida Today, November 9, 2015 -- I wanted to get a Pufferfish [Tetraodontidae] into a cartoon [and succeeded, happily]
Florida Today, November 2, 2015 -- Oh, the Humanity!
Florida Today, October 26, 2015 -- Who gets to wash Paul Ryan's feet?
Florida Today, October 22, 2015 -- Our local commissioners want to give local control over plastic shopping bags.
Florida Today, October 15, 2015 -- Maybe Paul Ryan can figure it all out ...
Florida Today, October 8, 2015 -- I'm not sure I'll be able to tell the difference between the October 13 debate views of Clinton and Sanders, but
darn if I can figure out which "Hillary" she's showing up as.
Florida Today, October 1, 2015 -- Putin has something different in mind where Syria is concerned, and isn't inclined to buy into Obama's inspiring plans.
Appears also in USA Today.
Florida Today, Sept 24, 2015 -- Republicans explain to their supporters why electing them to majorities in BOTH houses has led to nothing.
BTW, my cartoons are now carried in the editorial cartoon gallery in USA Today [!]: Click this > USA Today link < and scroll right to my Florida Today cartoon (as new cartoons are added the trip to the right gets longer).
Florida Today, Sept 17, 2015 -- Brevard County is excited about Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, Elon Musk's SpaceX, and the current work of NASA as we rebuild the nation's space program and take advantage of local launch and space experience.
Florida Today, Sept 10, 2015 -- Our local port authority doesn't answer to any governing or civilian authority. It's their way or the coastal waterways.
Florida Today, Sept 3, 2015 -- Hurricanes -- and the threat of a storm -- are big business in Florida.
At times the TV stations and cable channels don't know when to call it a day.
Florida Today, August 27, 2015 -- Brevard Zoo reveals $50 million idea for an aquarium at the Port. Great idea.
Florida Today, August 20, 2015 -- Why it takes the FDOT and their contractors three or four years to widen a section of US 1 is beyond most of us.
Florida Today, August 13, 2015 -- Our commish Trudie Infantini and her government partner Scott Ellis have this thing about not wasting our tax dollars [which we often applaud], but sometimes they seem a bit over the top.
Florida Today, August 6, 2015 -- Back to school days are always bittersweet ... well, frankly, they're always sweet for us and bitter for our little future taxpayers.
Florida Today, July 30, 2015 -- It seems that every time a Presidential candidate makes the trip to Brevard it costs us jobs and Federal dollars. Trump hasn't been here yet, but if history is our guide (which it generally is), he'll overstate his enthusiasm for the area and we'll pay after the 2016 elections.
Florida Today, July 23, 2015 -- We've got a new Superintendent of Schools in Brevard ...
Florida Today, July 16, 2015 -- The Florida State Football program reminds me of the University of Miami program after their flurry of national titles.
Where's the adult supervision?
Florida Today, July 9, 2015 -- This just seemed like a funny idea ...
Florida Today, July 2, 2015 -- The Space business is dangerous and risky despite nearly 55 years of launches and 50 years since Grissom, White, and Chaffee died.
Florida Today, June 11, 2015 -- The Port Commishes are trying to figure out how to move all their cargo from Port Canaveral to the mainland.
Current options are all big and intrusive for residents and the rivers. So maybe big blimps are the answer.
Florida Today, June 4, 2015 -- My 'beat' for editorial cartoons is state and local. so the rate opportunity to tie in something
with a national -- or international -- bent is a rare treat.
The scenic road in front of our house, the main road following the river below our road, and the road that wanders through the town of Rockledge along the river are popular -- but dangerous -- nationally known cycling venues.
Florida Today, July 2, 2015 -- The Space business is dangerous and risky despite nearly 55 years of launches and 50 years since Grissom, White, and Chaffee died,5
Florida Today, May 21, 2015 -- Local new home impact fees are a fixed amount, no matter what your house costs to build. Total fees are around $10,000 now.
Florida Today, May 14, 2015 -- Big local Melbourne country music festival picks up and moves to a big country place in central FL.
My son Matt suggested the song [which, of course, I was completely unaware of].
Florida Today, May 7, 2015 -- Titusville man and his lawyer use the 'stand your ground' defense in a local homicide case.
Florida Today, April 30, 2015 -- Hi-brow Lansing Island is having their canals dredged but don't want the toxic muck dumped anywhere near their development.
Florida Today, April 23, 2015 -- Retired Coast Guard Admiral decides to run for the highly political Port Authority Commission. He lives in a nice place on Cocoa Beach, but can't run in a district where a current commissioner lives. So he rents a cheap place in Cocoa to make it his primary residence so he can run. Nothing illegal of course, just unseemly -- particularly for a retired Admiral.
Florida Today, April 16, 2015 -- The Florida Department of Transportation is experimenting with new concepts and designs for Interstate exchange on and off ramps.
Florida Today, April 9, 2015 -- This is a little 'inside baseball', but I'm limited to local topics, so bear with me. Florida Power & Light chopped down a street full of 40' foot palms, leaving residents fuming. Residents have since worked out the problem with the City of Cocoa Beach, but I wondered what a different outcome might have looked like ... BTW, this is my one-year anniversary as Florida Today's editorial cartoonist :)
Florida Today, April 2, 2015 -- There was talk about building a 4000 seat stadium in Melbourne, Florida. The local university, Florida Tech, shot down their involvement. Apparently the City and the Manatees are talking about an agreement. Needless to say, no sponsorship opportunity will go un-asked for.
Florida Today, March 25, 2015 -- When Barack Obama campaigned at the Space Center in 2008 he was met with wild applause from adoring crowds as he crowed about how important the Space Program would be to his administration. LOL. Ted Cruz is about as excited about American's space program as Obama is. Fooled us once.
Florida Today, March 18, 2015 -- Researchers have discovered more Manatees than they expected in Brevard. But, they're not feeling the love!
Florida Today, March 11, 2015 -- Slow news day, so a departing school board administrator -- normally of passing interest to a cartoonist -- gets a little attention.
Florida Today, March 5, 2015 -- So what do you do when you're the Elections Supervisor and the county government real estate geniuses buy a potentially leaky warehouse for you and all your election equipment? #1, you don't move in. #2, you get ready for the summer rains.
Florida Today, February 26, 2015 -- 19 manatees were rescued from a Satellite Beach drain pipe. How do we know they're weren't trying to find
opening day tickets to a Manatees ball game? Inquiring minds want to know.
Florida Today, February 19, 2015 -- to paraphrase Jimmy Fallon: "In Brevard, there are so many potholes, they're like craters on the moon."
Florida Today, February 12, 2015 -- Space launches, terrible northern weather [in contrast to our great Florida weather in the winter] and lately
anyway, Al Gore, are the root of coffee shop conversations in Brevard County, FL.
Florida Today, February 5, 2015 -- This cartoon teed off a couple of local movers and shakers, and apparently made the rounds at the Cocoa Beach City Hall.
Florida Today, January 29, 2015 -- This cartoon was intended as a cautionary tale for local government leaders that seem to repeatedly
look for work within local government.
Florida Today, January 22, 2015 -- There's nothing like a day at the beach to introduce young minds to the beauty and fragility of coastal real estate,
and then remind them that we're STILL #1 in foreclosures in Florida! Repeat after me: "We're number 1! We're number 1! We're number 1!"
Florida Today, January 16, 2015 -- SpaceX nearly landed a Rocket booster on a platform off the coast. Didn't work this time, but maybe next.
Fodder I'm sure for all those dare devil kids looking for some fun.
Florida Today, January 9, 2015 -- The Charlie Hebdo killings by Muslim terrorists.
Florida Today, January 8, 2015 -- This was supposed to run on Thursday, the 8th -- the same day the paper responded with a Gannett cartoon from Indianapolis about the Charlie Hebdo killings -- and just shows how quickly events change in my cartoon universe.
Florida Today, January 1, 2015 -- Quiet little areas like Brevard aren't known for editorial cartoon fodder on a weekly basis. But my little Gopher turtle, the soul of the cartoon, speaks for the first time as the principal character.
Florida Today, December 25, 2014 -- Where ELSE would Santa Claus, his elves and reindeer go after an exhausting day and night of delivering gifts?
The Brevard beaches of course!
Florida Today, December 18, 2014 -- Drives me crazy that the gas stations here are charging nearly 20 cents a gallon more than stations on the mainland,
despite a difference of only a few miles.
Florida Today, December 11, 2014 -- This whole healthcare thing is out of control. It's not enough that all MUST have insurance, but we also carry whopping big deductibles. I wish they'd stop calling it 'insurance'. Maybe call it 'assurance' that the feds will cover the cost of your care.
Florida Today, December 4, 2014 -- I call this an editorial cartoon two-fer: Two topics handled in one panel for the same huge cartooning fee as one topic!
My charity knows no bounds.
Florida Today, November 29, 2014 -- Ok, ok, this is a little obscure, but new home buyers should save a few dollars when they purchase a house in a new Brevard development.
Florida Today, November 20, 2014 -- A little Thanksgiving mirth.
Florida Today, November 13, 2014 -- Only a few readers 'got' the joke: It's the Crist fan under the podium talking to Siri looking for a little advice.
Florida Today, November 6, 2014 -- Everyone is surprised by the nationwide democratic election trashing.
They'd better call out the mental health specialists.
Florida Today, October 30, 2014 -- The pot amendment died and the half-cent sales tax passed.
Go figure in Brevard. I would have thought it would have been the reverse.
Florida Today, October 23, 2014 -- Rick Scott is one of the most publicly awkward, serious, and humorless candidates I've ever seen, despite his
good work for Florida. Rick, if you've got a funny, quick-witted, spontaneous side we need to see it. Charlie Crist is, well,
Charlie ... an interesting political figure despite his vanity and ambition.
Florida Today, October 16, 2014 -- I'm sorry, but is ANYBODY in charge out there? Looking forward to a change in leadership in '16.
Florida Today, October 9, 2014 -- Legalizing medical marijuana is a hot topic in Florida and a referendum will be on the upcoming November 2014 ballot.
Florida Today, October 2, 2014 -- It's crazy what cartoons get a reaction and what don't. Even the staff at the newspaper commented on this cartoon.
Florida Today, September 25, 2014 -- We complain in August that it's too dry and then complain in late September and early October that it's too wet.
Florida Today, September 18, 2014 -- It defies logic that we can launch Mercury, Gemini and put men on the moon in Apollo in 8 short years
[including the horrific Apollo 1 accident] and nearly 45 years later the federal government can't figure out what to do with manned space travel.
Florida Today, September 12, 2014 -- Brevard, FL County budget exceeds a billion bucks again. Evertett Dirksen had it right.
Florida Today, September 4, 2014 -- The Meerkats at Brevard Zoo are a very social and energetic brood. I'm sure they talk about us.
Florida Today, August 28, 2014 -- Seems that not everyone is happy after an election, particularly those residents that are in a daily rage about how their
tax money is spent, but then don't vote in the primaries. Jeeez.
BTW, I did this cartoon in a vertical format, which they could handle in print, but they can't handle odd formats on their website. Lesson learned.
Florida Today, August 21, 2014 -- It's back to school in mid-August in Florida and parents rejoice!
Florida Today, August 14, 2014 -- I was watching a local political commercial [it's primary season here] and thought for a moment that
candidates were missing an opportunity.
Florida Today,August 7, 2014 -- In my continuing effort to further define a 'slow news week', I thought out-of-town
readers would enjoy a little weather and fashion lore.
Florida Today, July 31, 2014 -- This is what's known in cartoonist lingo as a 'slow news week', but the turtle hatch-lings seemed topical enough for a cartoon, and tropical enough for a hot summer day.
Florida Today, July 24, 2014 -- I can still remember sitting in the bar of my dad's restaurant in front of a b+w TV [that's what we called them back then] and watching Armstrong step off the lander ladder...
Florida Today, July 17, 2014 -- The government side of NASA is a mystery to most of us. SpaceX was a breath of fresh air. But now they'll doing their commercial launches from Texas [government launches are reportedly still here]. Plan B please.
Florida Today, July 10, 2014 -- Holy smoke! Legalization of pot is apparently just around the corner and our county commission is
doing their "due diligence" to explore new opportunities.
Florida Today, July 3, 2014 -- OMG! There's a horrible tropical storm just off the coast! OMG! Drag out the weather people with their electronic pens and
big video screens and let's create a frightening urgency! OMG! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
Florida Today, June 27, 2014 -- Downtown Melbourne won't thrive until they work out the problem with the homeless and panhandling.
The Melbourne City Council voted recently to outlaw panhandling of all kinds [including political fundraising, etc.]
which seems to violate a fundamental free speech thing or two.
Florida Today, June 19, 2014 -- Slow week on the news front, but politically things are heating up. Unfortunately, no gaffes to report in the governor's race. This is the first installment of "The Buggy Life", which will examine how our insect friends may be viewing the candidates and races. This week, the pesky but beloved mosquito.
Florida Today, June 12, 2014 -- Public editor Matt Reed had an interview with Sheriff Ivey. His department took over Animal Control, comparing the bathing habits of his inmates with his animals: "Sometimes, we have to make them take showers when they don't want to...Essentially, that's what you're doing at animal shelters." His department is on a tear; taking over security at the public schools and Port Canaveral.
Florida Today, June 7, 2014 -- How entertaining is this! Judge calls out a lawyer and they reportedly have a brawl outside of the courtroom.
Judge is on paid leave until they get things sorted out.
Florida Today, June 5, 2014 -- The Russians, citing our small-ball sanctions over the Ukraine, have threatened to cut off our supply of rocket motors for military space launches. That's a big deal around here, where we regularly launch military satellites.
Florida Today, May 29, 2014 -- It's campaign season again and campaign yard signs are sprouting up literally everywhere.
Florida Today, May 22, 2014 -- This is local color. At the southern tip of Merritt Island we have what remains of a big dragon sculpture. For years it was a beloved landmark for residents and boaters. Time and big storms have led to the dragon's collapse and the bank that owns it now has the OK to order final demolition. Here's my suggestion for the new owners...
Florida Today, May 8, 2014 -- How a conversation about raising taxes in Brevard County made the commission agenda escapes me (the economy is in the gutter around here for working families). But it did.
Florida Today, May 15, 2014 -- This is local stuff. Private statewide train company is running a passenger train throughout Florida. They want to run through our county - Brevard - but not stop. County Commissioners (bless their hearts) are aghast! When the Commissioners get involved in something, you just know there's going to be a mess.
Florida Today, May 1, 2014 -- At our get-acquainted editorial meeting I was asked about my political leanings [conservative]. They assured me that they would have no problem printing a cartoon If I found a conservative angle. This cartoon is a statement about the current political state of the spacecoast and the futility of being a democrat.
Florida Today, April 27, 2014 -- The kids don't seem to care, but parents and unions are going berserk.
Florida Today, April 17, 2014 -- This cartoon was the result of an oddly awkward conversation at a Brevard County commission meeting between a commissioner the outgoing county manager.
Florida Today, April 19, 2014 -- The Indian River is in such a mess that it will take real courage and leadership to get things moving.
Florida Today, April 10, 2014 -- First Cartoon -- Jack Smink is a terrific and very convincing Elvis performer and a determined candidate.
He's running for County Commission, formerly as a Republican and now as an Independent.
Somehow the Elvis hair and costuming get in the way of the impression.
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