Monday, December 31, 2007

Winter one-liner

One of my students gave me the idea for this one.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Fear of vermin can be paralyzing

I'm so angry with Reid and Pelosi that I can hardly see straight. Why did they cave in on the omnibus bill like they did? Another $70 billion on the war Bush lied us into. They'd better put impeachment back on the table in the new year or I may re-register to the Green party or at least as an independent or something.

On the other hand, I'm pretty proud of my drawing. Funny frightened donkey, my G.W. Bush is finally coming along... but it is a little weird that last week I used Suess and this week I used Disney- hope I don't get into a rut of using other people's cartoon characters.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

I actually drew this one for Dec 21, 2006- but since this blog is brand new in Dec. 2007- I thought I'd bring it back out. Don't forget to thank cartoonist Thomas Nast for our all American version of the jolly old elf!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Tens of Thousands of kids will lose insurance coverage. What a Christmas present

Now the bummer here is nobody is paying attention to this issue, so not only is it not in the papers or on TV but it sure's heck won't be when it runs next week (I drew it 12/13). I don't know... There are lots of CIA torture tape cartoons out there this week. Who knows, maybe we'll start bombing Iran by then...

Merry Christmas cartoon fans! ¡Ventiladores de la historieta de la Feliz Navidad! Karikaturventilatoren der frohen Weihnachten! 圣诞快乐动画片风扇! メリークリスマスの漫画は送風する! 즐거운 성탄 만화는 부채로 부친다! Вентиляторы шаржа веселого рождества!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Waiting to serve you


Sorry if I've recently spammed you. Guess I'm a little overly excited about this new blog. If I were actually serious about getting anywhere with this cartooning thing, suppose it would be smarter to spend my time drawing or submitting my stuff to editors- but this blogging is so dang addictive. Anyway, I know I shouldn't spam- I just want to broaden my audience in anyway that I can.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Three that are just weird



My Senator is a saint


Boy, I was racking my brain for an idea this week. Usually I try to get done the Thursday before the cartoon is supposed to run. This one came to me driving home from school Thursday night. But I was panicky because I was too tired and busy with my kids to draw anything that night and I never imagined I'd ever be able to manage it before school since I have hall monitor duty this week. Thank God for small blessings because we had a 2 hour late start for snow.

I was still anxious. I've only drawn Senator Grassley one time before and never thought I could ever replicate it. He has such an amazing face. But I think I pulled it off. I'm afraid I made Creflo Dollar look a little too much like Supreme Court Justice Clarance Thomas, which is too bad because Dollar is a really handsome guy. Benny Hinn usually looks friendlier in real life, but oh well. And frankly, I think I absolutely nailed the Joel Osteen.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

About this blog

Hello,

My name is Ted, and I'm a Blog-aholic.

I've written a weekly column in out small town newspaper, the Charter Oak-Ute NEWSpaper since 2002. In 2004 I discovers Blogger. It was the perfect place to post and archive those columns.

But I've wanted to be a cartoonist since 5th grade. In 2006, I began adding one a week to my column. This last year the NEWSpaper was absorbed by it's parent paper, the Mapleton PRESS. that meant a bigger audience, but still the "farm-leagues." Someday, I think I might like to make it to the big show. But alas, Editorial cartoonist is a dying profession.

I've used blogs to chronicle my coaching (Cheerleading, believe it or not), to provide resources for my students (Art and Yearbook), and to showcase my photography and painting. I've even used it for rants on religion and politics. But it never dawned on me that I should be using it to "self-publish" my cartoons.

So here we are. I hope you enjoy what you see here. It's new every week. Please post your comments or email me and let me know what you think of my work.

If you're a newspaper or magazine publisher, or better yet, represent a syndicate- please get in touch with me! I know that when your ship hasn't come in, you should swim out to it, but I have a terrible fear of rejection and very little time or money to use on mailing out samples with cover letters.

Like I said, I'm well aware that there are probably fewer than a hundred people in the United States who get to do this for a living. Meanwhile, I'm just glad that thanks to technology, and my friends at the Mapleton PRESS, I can do this for the fun of it.

You can see my humor and politics column in the Mapleton PRESS or at http://tedscolumn.blogspot.com

You can see HUNDREDS of my cartoons all together at http://tmal.multiply.com/photos/album/2


If you're not a publisher or an agent, please feel free to bookmark this site and email all your friends about it. I figure, if independent rock bands and film makers can establish a groundswell of fan support on the web, maybe an independent political cartoonist can too!

You can follow the ups and downs of my (feeble) attempts at taking a hobby and launching it into a career here.