Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
We watched a documentary last night called MAXED OUT. It is must viewing. Who needs wacky terrorists crawling around in caves in Afganistan when you have an entire banking industry preying on the most vulnerable among us, including college students, to suck the very blood out of them via their wallets?
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
This campaign continues to gather momentum. My feeling is: with a President who's in the dog house we might as well put a dog in the White House. Hannah once licked the hand of a girl in a coma and brought her back to consciousness immediately. Show me one other candidate who can claim that! Let's get over our species bias and get out there and vote for Hannah.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Hannah and Tigger are official Animal Assisted Therapy dogs. I've been visiting hospitals and psych wards with them for years. They improve the quality of life wherever they go. So I got to thinking yesterday...why not run them in the 2008 election on the Lickertarian ticket? Who knows? This might catch on. You can purchase their new campaign bumper sticker as well as a nifty coffee cup featuring the dynamic duo at my store www.cafepress.com/narelle. You can just click the link on the right side bar.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Robin and I spent our sixth anniversary today laying down once again to help form the words IMPEACH and 4PEACE on the grass in Berkeley with 1000 other people for the benefit of cameramen in helicopters. It was a glorious day on a hill full of kites. It felt a bit like Pepper Land, give or take getting rid of a few Blue Meanies. We were joined by Cindy Sheehan and former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinny, shown here with Robin.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
I would much prefer to say "I blew it with that one!" than to say "I told you so!" However, given the apparent insanity of this particular administration I just thought I'd try to get the jump on them and at least raise a little public awareness.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
This image is a bumper sticker I made recently using a logo I created years ago. It's one of many items current available at my online store: www.cafepress.com/narelle
Yesterday Robin and I joined 1200 others near the Golden Gate Bridge to form the letters IMPEACH, REASON and TREASON on the grass of Crissy Field in San Francisco. You can view pictures at the following link: www.beachimpeach.org/photos-bi3.html Helicopters hovered overheard filming. It was a beautiful day but sadly reminiscent of similar events during the Vietnam War and Nixon era. As the song goes..."when will they ever learn?"
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Rummy, then Rove, now Gonzo. It certainly has the appearance of rats deserting a ship. The truth is that they've probably done the maximum damage they can. Time to exit, stage left. You can see more of my political cartoons at www.cartoonfreeamerica.com
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I was one of twenty cartoonists holding court at the Charles Schulz Museum today in celebration of the museum's fifth anniversary. It was like a mini comicon. I met a ton of great folks. Jeannie Schulz treated us all to drinks and munchies at a nearby restaurant afterwards. Good fun. You could almost feel Snoopy dancing.
Friday, July 27, 2007
I posted this cartoon back in April when I created it for a contest held by the Union of Concerned Scientists. I didn't make the top twelve that were voted on last week so I obviously didn't "win". However, the UCS just contacted me to request its inclusion in the calendar they're producing using the twelve finalists. A small version of my cartoon will appear as well. I guess I came in thirteenth. The calendar will go on sale in September.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I don't think the Bush administration is shredding the Constitution. I just think they've written their own and are defending it to the death. John Kerry just solicitied online for a 30 second radio spot. Here is my submission that includes the newly modified Constitution.
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more profitable union, establish advantage, insure domestic unrest, undermine the common defense, subvert the general welfare and ensure the blessings of liberty to a select few and their wealthy heirs do ordain and establish this distorted Constitution of the United States of America.
Which Constitution are your representatives upholding?
It’s up to us to hold their feet to the fire.
Our founding fathers are counting on us!
Monday, July 09, 2007
Teenage cousin Mary Kate, down in Texas, recently participated in a basketball tournament playing on a team of home-schooled girls. Ironically, they never have the advantage of a home game. Nevertheless they went out and kicked butt. It inspired me to create a new celestial body and name it in MK's honor.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Every year on July 4th (the day before Robin's birthday) our entire town fills with pyromaniacs. We usually escape in advance, but with both of us sick we stayed home. I taped up the inside of the doors in hopes of preventing the toxic stench from wafting in (the prevailing winds carry all the smoke on our street straight into our house). The tape job wasn't suffient. We were forced to run the gauntlet to get to a movie theater and breath fresh air until past midnight when it was safe to go home. The drive there was like a war zone, acrid smoke wafting everywhere. What a holiday. Get drunk and poison yourself. Very American. This morning Robin awoke to find this birthday card on the kitchen counter. We made it through another year.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I just wrapped up a five day Cartoon Safari at the Charles Schulz Museum, teaching 20 kids ranging from ages 6 to 11. It was a blast. An exhausting blast, but a blast nevertheless. Among other things, I had them draw many zany elephants and sign a card that I sent to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. These young artists are already having an impact in the world!
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Tomorrow morning I take the front seat, grab the control bar and receive my first flight lesson in a trike (a huge hang glider wing with two seats, three wheels and one engine). I've been working with Michael Globensky of Spirits Up (www.spiritsup.com) at Petaluma Airport where I provide ground instruction to aspiring Sport Pilots who want to buzz around in the sky with a motorcycle helmet on. Getting this hands-on experience will help me customize my curriculum and better understand what these students are up to. Up in the air Junior Birdmen!
Monday, May 07, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Walter the turtle is the latest addition to THE GNU LIFE thanks to an interior journey and exterior walk yesterday under the sage guidance of Charles Tack. Will Walter ever come out of his shell? As long as he has HBO the odds don't look so good. Thank you Charles for leading me on this turtle hunt. Now, back to the jungle. I mean, the drawing board.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Gideon seems to be having "one of those days". Unfortunately for him they tend to stretch into weeks and months. Of course that's the danger these days of reading the paper. Between global warming (Australia is now on bake at 450 F) and the disappearence of our honey bees, not to mention war without end...Say. Anybody know a good gestalt therapist?
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
What can one say on a day of unspeakable horror? Years ago my pen spoke for me when I created this logo, using one continuous line.
May we not close down in hate and fear. May we recognize that these sorts for horrors visit the homes of Iraqis every day. Not to mention Darfur. May we keep our hearts open as we walk through this open asylum we call the world.
Friday, April 13, 2007
I just learned of another online marketing tool called iFreelance.com and set up a portfolio there. In the process I came across this cartoon from a few years ago when Robin and I got married. This cartoon was on the back of our wedding program and demonstrated some of the stress we went through in preparation for the ceremony.
You can check out my online portfolio at www.ifreelance.com/pro/20782
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The inmates have taken over the asylum! Believe it or not, I had control of this class for three hours. Once they got hold of my markers though, it was all over. It was another great day that started out with 24 kids and one cartoonist. When it was over there was merely a room full of 25 cartoonists. One tall one and 24 short ones.
Monday, April 09, 2007
I keep waiting for this cartoon to lose its shelf life but it just keeps going and going like that battery bunny on TV. When I created this cartoon, several years ago now (egad), I stole the caption from a peace commercial I made for television back during the Vietnam War. As if our foreign policy wasn't bad enough, I just saw a film called Broken Rainbow about our current assault on the Navaho and Hopi in Arizona. This is a very low key bit of genocide, but no less devastating to its victims as their lives and culture are devasted so that Peabody Coal can move in with their big shovels and feed on their land. Just a little more deja vu all over again.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
This is the logo for my upcoming cartoon summer camp, a weeklong class at the Charles Schulz Museum. This week I'll be teaching several classes there, starting with tomorrow's focus on drawing animals. I loved drawing elephants when I was a kid. I am now passing this affliction on to future generations.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Today's strip reveals for the first time that we've been inside a zoo all along, albeit hanging out after work at The Watering Hole, an animals-only tavern that serves water. In this strip we meet Frank the bear as he advised Gideon the penguin on some of the finer points of successful zoo living. (Clink on strip for larger image)
Friday, April 06, 2007
about MICROBURSTS but were afraid to ask. Okay. So you don't really care. But pilots do. Having just received Advanced Ground Instructor certification from the FAA I'm in the process of creating a cartoon-based curriculum for pilot training. There's a lot to cover because pilots need to know a lot! I hope to make the information more memorable and fun at the same time. Cartooning for pilots? The sky's the limit.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Freedom Fighters 56 is a new computer game that takes you through the actual events of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. I wrote what amounts to an onscreen graphic novel using fictional characters to unfold the actual events of two extraordinary weeks. In the end the Soviet Union squashed their hopes of freedom, but this shortlived uprising proved to be the first stone hurled at that historic Goliath. The game was produced by Red Hill Studios, where I am currently writing for a science-based educational game for high school kids. To see more go to www.freedomfighter56.com
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
I spoke to an editor at McGraw-Hill today. They've requested this political cartoon for inclusion in an upcoming college text book due out in the fall, Writing for College, Writing for Life. This cartoon, and many others, live at a web site I entitled Cartoon Free America (subtitled: Bringing Back Liberty With Laughter). One can hope.
Monday, April 02, 2007
THE GNU LIFE keeps rolling along and helps get me psyched for teaching my next classes at the Schulz Museum in a week. The first class will deal with drawing animals. It's a fun class that borders on zoology credit. Once the kids understand certain zoological distinctions I'll be turning them loose to create creatures of their own. Darwin will be turning in his grave...laughing.
This is the fourth film I've written for young kids about child abuse prevention. This one is targeted at a slightly older group (through fifth grade) by enlisting the help of a younger sister to help her brother put an end to abuse at the hands of his soccer coach. Standing up to any abuse is a tall order for a child. Standing up to authority figures is even tougher. That's the focus of this film. Years ago a four year old girl, having seen the first film in this series (What Tadoo) and blown the whistle on the offender was asked by a prosecutor how she knew what to do. "The frogs told me!" she replied. Hearing that was better than winning an Oscar.
This film is available through www.empowerkids.com
This film is available through www.empowerkids.com
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Here's a peek at my new comic strip. Its birth coincides with teaching cartooning at the Charles M. Schulz Museum: kids classes next week...their first adult classes in June. So without further ado let me introduce you to a wildebeest and a couple of sheep who, along with their friends, are living THE GNU LIFE. This is a play on the New Life, a significant period in the life of Meher Baba from 1949-1951. Sanskaras are the karmic impressions we gather to ourselves throughout our lives.