8:30 am November 17, 2010, by AJC Opinion
I just spent four days in Afghanistan last week with other cartoonists on a USO-sponsored trip. Join me from 12:30-2 p.m. today to discuss my trip and to ask questions.
Here is what’s online so far:
Veterans Day from Aghanistan | Tomb of the Forgotten cartoon | Sketches from Aghanistan | ‘Command Coins’ | Photos from Aghanistan
November 17th, 20101:26 pm
Hi Mike, Long time Reader, first time question asker. I am a student at GSU and have been Drawing and publishing comics in the schools paper for about a year, occasionally I will have one that I would like other papers to consider, how would I go about it, and being a student, is there any form of compensation.
November 17th, 20101:27 pm
Brandon, thanks for your email and thanks for what you’re doing. hopefully, next year, you’ll be home, but if you’re still there, i intend to come back, so you’ll be the first soldier i’ll draw! stay safe.
November 17th, 20101:28 pm
It’s not the AJC’s fault that Atlanta is located in the center of a bunch of gun-toting, uneducated hicks that vote however Sean Hannity tells them to vote. There are plenty of educated, intelligent people to sell papers to here in Atlanta.
November 17th, 20101:30 pm
GSUstudent, my daughter’s a freshman there. i’ll be there friday. good question. if i were you, i’d try the athens paper. show the editor samples and say you’ll do an occasional cartoon for them. they may even pay you!
Billy (not William)
Mike, do you think the NBA, NFL and MLB are racist? If not, how do you account for the high percentage of non-white athletes? Are you going to gin up a coupla good strips to take on the racists there?
P.S. Gary Trudeau lost my vote when he married Jane Pauley.
November 17th, 20101:33 pm
One more question: do you ever get angry phone calls or emails from any of the people you zing — like Mark Richt or Sonny Perdue? How do you handle those?
November 17th, 20101:35 pm
Mike – Are you planning on retiring soon? I hope so, then Atlanta could possibly attract someone like Cinci’s Borganman who is talented, insightful and actually has a sense of humor. But keep up the mediocrity! Cheers – Bob
I have a concept for a comic about the Hope Scholarship that you are welcome to take or leave. (no charge)
November 17th, 20101:36 pm
boots, newspapers, whether right or left, have seen print circulation drops, due to the internet. overall readership has sky-rocketed if you take into account internet circulation. i’m not sure in metro atlanta, what the democrat/republican percentages are, but if you’ve been reading the ajc the last few years you’d see that we have equal numbers of left and right-leaning columnists, plus at least 3 right-wing cartoonists that appear on the op/ed pages on different days of the week.
November 17th, 20101:38 pm
bawb, i’m glad my lack of talent is appreciated. borgman has quit editorial cartooning to focus on drawing the “zits” comic strip.
November 17th, 20101:40 pm
GSUstudent, thank you, but i have this thing where i have to come up with my own ideas no matter how mediocre.(see bawb’s post)
November 17th, 20101:41 pm
Our church is organizing sending “presents” to the troops.
Were there any items you saw that were needed more than others? We really need help in selecting what to send.
November 17th, 20101:42 pm
Sean, thank you for reading me. also, someone, i think, mentioned earlier, that they don’t always agree with me, but like the humor and continue to read me. i appreciate that too.
November 17th, 20101:43 pm
ahahahahahaha, ya maybe I should not be asking you for advice.
November 17th, 20101:45 pm
Tech Man, that’s a beautiful thing your church is doing. cox, my parent company, has been doing that for a while now. i’m not sure what they need except maybe things they can enjoy like candy, letters…
Please tell the powers that be that I enjoy the new “local” sections. Maybe you could publish some “local” cartoons there to help them out?
November 17th, 20101:46 pm
November 17th, 2010
Thanks! Sweet tooths, we know how to help with that.
What do they talk about
What are some topics that you are drawing that are being requested or talked about by our troops?
November 17th, 20101:48 pm
Tech Man, i’ll pass that on. i do local stuff, but it stays on the editorial page. uga has been good for topics this year. by the way, does anyone have a good topic for me today/ i was thinking about doing something on sarah palin’s reality show or charles rangel.
November 17th, 20101:49 pm
What do they talk about, i didn’t get any topics from the troops. i was so focused on drawing them and thanking them, i never asked.
Call it like it is
November 17th, 20101:50 pm
Rangel sitting in a lounge chair, drink in hand, with piles of money underneath, on his beach front estate on the islands telling the IRS he forgot about it.
November 17th, 20101:51 pm
It looks like everyone is talking about Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars.
Maybe something on the Palin’s needing to start their own network?
How about a cartoon about the FDA taking the caffeine out of Four Loko, tying it in to the Republicans’ efforts to block Obama’s agenda.
November 17th, 20101:53 pm
crap,Call it like it is, that’s a good idea! unfortunately, i have to use my own ideas. you can’t draw can you?
Hi Mike and Thanks
I must say you are non partisan when it comes to your cartoons, I LOVE IT
Mike – Couldn’t resist the jab but seriously, keep it up – creating drawings that is…(I don’t always appreciate your leanings though). Thanks for supporting the troops! All the best!
Maybe something on troops receiving mail/gifts from America and how much they appreciate it?
Why do some cartoonist only
November 17th, 20101:54 pm
Hi again, why do some cartoonist (like the Augusta Chronicle) only target Democrats? I mean there is ENOUGH to depict out there, why focus on ONE group, he’s so negative ALL THE TIME.
It would prompt us to get things to them in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am sure it takes a while for things to get there.
Tech Man, an all-palin channel’s coming.
November 17th, 20101:55 pm
An idea for the aspiring cartoonist is to look up newspapers in Georgia. I am sure there are some local weeklys, etc that are looking to fill space.
November 17th, 20101:57 pm
Any cartoons planned about the guilty verdict against Rangel?
Bawb, thanks for reading me. i hope you come back next wednesday from 1-2 when i’ll have another of these informative life-changing chats. thanks to all of you for your questions. talk to you next wednesday.
Tech Man, go to AnySoldier dot com or AnyMarine dot com. They have specific requests for different items.
“Thanks” to you and your church!
I'm glad you depict
November 17th, 20101:58 pm
Hi I refer your cartoons to the Augusta Chronicle cartoonist all the time. He only does negative post about Democrats and Progressives. Unlike you, you depict everybody and everything. I usually tell him to catch up.
Maybe something about the new divide on ear marks. Finally something that brings democrats and republicans together, in two opposing groups.
ps, check tomorrow’s ajc or ajc online to see sketches done in afghanistan by the other cartoonists i was with.
November 17th, 20101:59 pm
How about Mrs. Obama winning DWTS? I loved her dance with the Indian girls.
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