Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Spark Plug

Small familiar things are fun to draw. This image is very low res, but pencil takes on an interesting texture when it's blown up at high resolution and colored. You begin to see the rough energy where graphite and paper meet.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Spring finally arrived and left again

I waited to post this till it had stopped snowing, but today it's predicted to hit 85. Summer already.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


I did this pair for ZEIT magazine, published in Berlin. The art director was Michael Biedowicz. I had a hand in some of the captions. The English aristocracy has been a lifelong fascination of mine. The story appeared the week of the royal wedding.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My debut in Rolling Stone

Thirty years ago I sent an envelope full of xeroxes to the art department at Rolling Stone. They liked the art enough to publish quite a few of my little maps and squibs on the letters page in 1981 and 82. A nice gig, but I was never named gardening editor, never met Hunter Thompson. My style has evolved quite a lot since my salad days.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mission Accomplished

I drew this cartoon eight years ago and sent it off to Bob Mankoff at my favorite magazine. Actually, I realize it was almost eight years ago today that I drew it. It was never published. America was immune to ironies at the time. I don't feel celebratory today either. It's all too somber. It's no time for hubris or cheers or feeling satisfied. We and the world deserve better. Luckily we have more serious leadership now.