Lunch with Luckovich: 1-2 p.m. today

readers seem to like sports cartoons and there’s been a lot of sports news lately. so i’ve drawn four sports cartoons this month.

minimikeThe first was on the retirement of Bobby Cox.

I also drew one on the investigation of Viking QB Brett Favre.

And I’ve drawn two on the football situation at UGA.

One of Mark Richt whose Bulldogs weren’t doing so well at the time.

And today’s cartoon of the Bulldogs’ football player arrests.

We can talk about these or anything else on your mind until 2 p.m. today.  By the way, I’ll be off next Wednesday, so we won’t have another Lunch with Luckovich for a couple of weeks.

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mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:04 pm

hi everybody. knowing i’m doing this live-blogging thing today has forced me to work ahead, so i’ve got ideas on wall st. greed and nathan deal. not sure if i’ll use either, but glad i have ideas this early.

John

October 13th, 2010
1:12 pm

Wow, can’t believe college kids drink underage and get speeding tickets. This AJC BS is getting old. Can’t wait for it to go out of business … Try living in Athens. The cops will get you for ANYTHING.

Tom

October 13th, 2010
1:13 pm

Hi Mike – do you ever think about news stories that just go away? It seems like the public loses interest and so the media stops pursing big stories (not sure of the direction of cause). I wonder if you ever could use your platform to bring back issues that people have moved on from (i.e. oil spill, Mrs. Sherrod’s firing, etc.). I understand that’s kind of risky, but just a thought. Now that I think about it, you kind of did that with the recent WMD in the mirror one which was excellent…

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:14 pm

thanks for your upbeat comment john.

Dana

October 13th, 2010
1:15 pm

Has the live blogging started? Your strips are always great!

Jason

October 13th, 2010
1:15 pm

Mike, the funnies cartoon so far was the one you just did with UGA football. Great work. Can’t wait to get your tweet to check out your latest creation.

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

hi tom
we americans have the attention spans of two year olds. it’s frustrating. unfortunately, a cartoon isn’t the best way to remind people.

Tom

October 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

Okay – another question. What do you think the folks on Fox News will complain about when the GOP retakes the house and senate in November (uggghhh) and then Palin becomes president in 2012. Will they go out of business?

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

dana, it’s started i’m just a slow typist.

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:18 pm

thanks jason. uga’s given me a lot of material. i want to personally mark richt.

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:19 pm

tom, fox won’t go out of business, for 8 years during the bush admin. they did fine.

Tom

October 13th, 2010
1:20 pm

Re: attention spans of American people, I agree. Do you think that is something that we have always dealt with, and will continue to deal with until the end of the world (aka 2012)? Is it getting worse – do you think it could get better?

Jason

October 13th, 2010
1:21 pm

Mike, has any of your subjects ever contacted you for an original work that you have done and was published in the paper? Also, has anyone ever in the past ever contacted you or your editors and requested something to be stopped?.

David Harris

October 13th, 2010
1:21 pm

Great work as always, Mike. Keep up the good work !

Dana

October 13th, 2010
1:22 pm

Cool, I’m here! I love the UGA one. Very funny. Glad that you have twitter so I can see when you have new stuff up.

ZaidJilani

October 13th, 2010
1:22 pm

There seems to be a lot of hemming and hawing from Republicans and Conservadems about the budget deficit yet we don’t see them talking too much about the bulk of our discretionary funding — defense cuts. Maybe this’d make a good toon or two.

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:22 pm

i was just thinking of cartoon ideas. it might be funny to do a cartoon of obama rescuing a miner lbeled u.s. economy, but then he can’t unlock the rescue capsule the miner’s in. does that even make sense?

Tom

October 13th, 2010
1:23 pm

Feel free to ignore these if I’m sending too many, lol. If you could be friends with one person, real or fictional, who would it be and why. Sorry for the cliche question, but I’d be interested to know.

ronaldjc

October 13th, 2010
1:25 pm

Mike, that UGA cartoon was hella funny today. Which genere generates the most response, politics or sports?

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:25 pm

good point, zaidjilani
i read somewhere that the u.s. spends something like 50 times the amount on defense than anybody else. that’s crazy.

Tom

October 13th, 2010
1:25 pm

I like the obama/miner/economy idea. You’re onto something, but I don’t think it’s quite there.

David Harris

October 13th, 2010
1:26 pm

Re: “…but then he can’t unlock the rescue capsule the miner’s in”

…because he’s being blocked by a person or thing (like a lock) labeled “GOP Filibuster”

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:28 pm

good question, ronaldjc
probably the most angry responses come from cartoons i do on politics. if i do something on say rush limbaugh, his followers get very upset, which is odd, since rush spends a lot of time criticizing others.

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:29 pm

geez david harris, i hope you can’t draw! that’s clever!

ronaldjc

October 13th, 2010
1:29 pm

Mike, has an editor ever said you can’t run a toon because of the subject? If so, fill us in.

Athens uga fan

October 13th, 2010
1:29 pm

You mention Mark Richt, UGA, and Nathan Deal. You have to be one of those AJC Atlanta Liberals. Another reason why I cancelled my subscription.

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:30 pm

you’re probably right tom. i often have a sketch sit on my drawing board and change it throughout the day.

Liz

October 13th, 2010
1:30 pm

What is your best advice to a college student looking to follow in your footsteps?

David Harris

October 13th, 2010
1:31 pm

Budget goes to the doctor for a checkup. Doctor says he’s overweight. His belly (spare tire) is labeled defense spending and he’s carrying two iron weights called “medicare” and “social security”, yet the doctor tells him his fingers (misc. departments) are too fat.

Nobody wants to talk about making cuts to defense, medicare and social security, yet any other cuts are just superficial and will get nowhere close to balancing the budget nor about raising taxes.

Tom

October 13th, 2010
1:31 pm

Okay – Obama is pushing the miner’s up from the bottom, and the GOP is at the top with banners celebrating their success. It drives me crazy that all the hard work and sacrifice by the dems is probably going to pay off when the GOP is in power, so they’ll get the credit. People expected such a quick fix (like your recent cartoon about the GOP driving the car into the ditch and the Dems not pulling it out fast enough).

ronaldjc

October 13th, 2010
1:32 pm

Mike, do you own your drawings or are they the property of the AJC?

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:34 pm

yes, Athens uga fan. mark richt, the well known far-right tea partying football coach. when liberals are as ethically-challenged and bad with their finances as nathan deal, i relish hitting them too. you may restart your subscription tomorrow.

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mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

well thanks a lot David Harris, now if i do that cartoon everyone’s going to know it’s your idea!

ronaldjc

October 13th, 2010
1:36 pm

The reason I asked about ownership of drawings is because Robert Arial, here in Columbia, SC makes prints, posters, etc. of his and sells them. Have you ever thought about that? Do you know Arial?

mike b

October 13th, 2010
1:37 pm

Mike, your sketches are often more insightful and potentially subversive in comparison to common journalisic standards. To what do you attribute this extra permissiveness? If it makes us laugh, is it less threatening to your editors et al?

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:37 pm

well, ronaldjc i think they’re mine. i’ve always found it wise not to ask too many questions.

DNC Bulldawg

October 13th, 2010
1:38 pm

Mike, I loved your cartoon on FoxNews and the GOP’s sharing the same secretary.

Do you think that you could do one on these big GOP donors, who fund the TEA Party and the 527 groups–with patriotic-sounding names–producing the TV ads attacking the Democratic candidates? Their anonymity allows them to influence elections with deception, half-truths and outright lies. The ads trick working-class folks into voting against their own best self-interests (and, consequently, vote for the interests of people who oppress them, i.e., the super-rich. It’s too complicated for any of us to understand completely, but one of your great cartoons might boil it down to the picture that we can all see. Any ideas?

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:39 pm

mike b, good question. i think with humor, you can get away with being a little more edgy and sometimes you can actually get closer to the truth, in my humble opinion. thanks for reading them.

ronaldjc

October 13th, 2010
1:40 pm

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

well thanks a lot David Harris, now if i do that cartoon everyone’s going to know it’s your idea!

@Mluckovich – just get him to give a release in this blog and credit him as a muse. LOL!

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:41 pm

ronaldjc, that’s a great idea! i’m going to start selling cartoonist arial prints!

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:42 pm

dnc bulldawg, i have that on my list. i get depressed about our country. big money decides everything through mis-information.

Steve

October 13th, 2010
1:43 pm

Mike, I love your cartoons. I see them in the Akron and Cleveland papers and online. Do you know Jack Davis? I have loved his work over the years for Mad, Time, TV Guide, etc. How is he? I’ve never met him, but I’ve seen him in a couple videos and he just seems like a great guy. Does he still do any work for the Georgia Bulldogs?

mike b

October 13th, 2010
1:44 pm

yes, and i appreciate you for that reason. keep up the good work.

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:46 pm

in the next day or so, you’ll probably see cartoons from me using halloween in some way or another. i love the holidays just because they give me so many metaphors to use.
by the way, you all can follow me on twitter. i let you know what i’m working on and the cartoon posts shortly thereafter.

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:49 pm

steve, jack davis is an old friend of mine. he’s in his 80’s and despite a bad case of shingles went overseas to visit the troops. he’s an arch conservative, so we don’t see eye to eye politically, but we like each other. i mean, i think he likes me. now that i think about it, he could secretly hate me. you know how those mad magazine cartoonists are.

mluckovich

October 13th, 2010
1:51 pm

i’m on the phone with cartoonist walt handelsman. he’s quite boring.

ronaldjc

October 13th, 2010
1:54 pm

quick someone call Mike so he can click over

DNC Bulldawg

October 13th, 2010
1:54 pm

I’m glad to hear that you have that on your list and like your short summary: “big money decides everything through mis-information.” Don’t get depressed on us, however, we need you to make us laugh. Perhaps the “trick or treat” aspect of Halloween would be a way to get at this idea?

ronaldjc

October 13th, 2010
1:56 pm

Funny comment about Arial toons. Do you know him? There has to be a cartoonist convention each year in Orlando, right?