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Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: To protect and to sever

by Jen Sorensen


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Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: Bikes and cars

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I've long been meaning to do a strip about the incompatibility of bikes and cars, and Earth Day week seemed as good a time as any. Besides, it was either this or making fun of the clown car that is the field of Republican presidential candidates, and I'm not quite up for that yet.

I dream of a dedicated bike path between me and the Post Office. I would do everything by bike if it didn't involve competing with 5,000-pound missiles. Let's not even get into what those missile operators are doing while they're supposed to be watching the road. A friend told me he saw someone crocheting on the highway during stop-and-go traffic the other day.

My truck grille-drawing skills seem to have improved since I moved to Texas. Clearly there's some R. Crumb influence creeping in here too. I named the truck in the last panel a Ford Glacier because we're always naming giant vehicles after things we're destroying (See also: the Tundra).

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In the past year, we've seen a changing of the guard (or planned change) on The Tonight Show, NBC's Late Night, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show. That's six major nighttime TV shows, exactly zero of which have chosen a woman as replacement host. (Yes, I am aware of Samantha Bee getting a show on TBS. I'm talking about the heirs to longstanding franchises here.)

Most people seem to just nod their heads and accept this without realizing how utterly weird it is. Women comprise over half the population. There are lots of female comedians. Yet the entertainment industry clearly believes that America is not ready for a woman in such a role. Don't get me started on the "not enough ladies in the pipeline" excuse -- I'm reasonably certain that if a woman had Jimmy Fallon's standup abilities, she'd still be doing open mics at the Crab Shack instead of pulling down $12 million a year like Fallon.

As a female-type person who deals in political humor, I can't help but take this stuff personally. To me, it feels like these are impossible biases that we'll never overcome. It makes me wonder whether this country is capable of electing a female president. My guess, I'm sorry to say, is that we're not.

On a lighter note, this would be my first Family Circus parody, which was fun to draw. I don't think "Jeffy," who now draws the strip, will mind -- he bought me beers once.

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Tue Mar 31, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: The submerged state

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Many a wisecrack has been made about Starbucks’ tone-deaf “Race Together” campaign, which until Sunday had encouraged baristas to write the slogan on coffee cups and initiate philosophical conversations. There are some discussions begging to be had about low-wage work, but most multinational chain restaurants probably wouldn’t want to go there.

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Just when you thought online life couldn’t get any more troll-infested, venture capital brings you anonymous social media apps: pure bile with zero accountability. Better living through technology! Funny how it’s a wall of cocky dudes behind these apps, while women and minorities suffer most of the consequences. For more, see this NY Times article.

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Tue Mar 10, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: Special preferences

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For years, I've been meaning to do a cartoon on the ridiculous phrase that is "right to work." Unfortunately, Scott Walker has given me an opportunity.

"Right to work" is a classic example of linguistic framing by market fundamentalists. Every time we use it, we invoke their agenda. Personally, I'll take the "right to work for more than peanuts through collective bargaining." Let's call "right to work" what it really is: an attack on the right to unionize.

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Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 06:50 AM PST

Cartoon: Punditspew, ISIS edition

by Jen Sorensen

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The right-wing media has been having a field day over a State Department spokeswoman's suggestion that merely killing ISIS isn't going to solve the problem -- that we also need to look at underlying causes of why some are drawn to terrorism. She was obviously suggesting that having decent jobs might prevent people from becoming terrorists. You can agree or disagree with this point, but it is dishonest and patently absurd to say that she is advocating jobs for violent jihadis.


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Tue Feb 10, 2015 at 06:50 AM PST

Cartoon: The screen

by Jen Sorensen

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Who says the world isn’t flat? Sometimes I do miss the third dimension, though, with all those smells and tactile sensations.

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