Old cartoon. Im with all these young people participating in the Climate Strike. Trump’s disdain toward our natural world and denial of our part in destroying it is at the top of the list for why he can’t be re-elected. He won’t personally destroy the earth (unless his narcissism, instability and ego result in nuclear war, which is possible) but his deregulation of sound environmental policies at home, refusal to participate in solutions globally, and encouragement of a “hoax” mindset have put us on a very dark path.
One of my favorite cartoonists is Jerry Van Amerongen, of The Neighborhood and Ballard Street fame. Though not anywhere near his level artistically or creatively, this cartoon, for me, captures a little bit of that absurdist feel I like so much in his work.
In February of 2014 I decided to see if I could create and post a daily cartoon. As you can see from the first one posted on February 15, 2014 (below) Whiteouts started very crudely. That was intentional; I felt that keeping it basic would take very little of my time and enable me to post regularly. However, as the months passed I found myself slowly improving, refining my style, and caring more and more about the end result.
And then I began to have dreams about doing something professionally with these cartoons. In the late fall of last year I began to put out some feelers with local newspapers. To make a long story somewhat shorter, I’ve been able to be published in two small newspapers on a regular basis and there is potential for more. That feels really good.
I’ve enjoyed myself quite a bit doing these cartoons–the ideas come pretty easily (whether they are funny or not is another story), but the drawing/coloring standard I’ve set for myself makes them pretty time-consuming. I am married to a wonderful and patient woman and have three really great kids, one of whom is turning six today (!). And as some of you may have guessed various cartoon content, I work in the church: I am a full-time ordained Presbyterian pastor.
This means I’m very busy. So far I’ve been able to juggle it all and I hope to keep doing so. But it’s possible I’ll need to scale back how often I post in the future. I’ve taken some pride in posting something every day–partly because I wanted to prove to myself that I could be a daily cartoonist and, perhaps, partly because I’ve grown addicted to the daily affirmation. 🙂
So, happy one-year anniversary to “Whiteouts”! I truly hope there will be many more…