12:40 pm December 1, 2010, by AJC Opinion
Join me today from 1-2 p.m. I’ll take your questions or comments about my cartoons, including this week’s WikiLeaks topic.last week a lot of readers got upset about my Pope cartoon. what do you all think?
December 1st, 20101:04 pm
Hello. I did not understand the Pope cartoon. I was wondering what you meant by it.
December 1st, 20101:06 pm
Loved the Pope cartoon. Your take was at least as clear as his position…
December 1st, 20101:07 pm
haha, the Pope spent last week talking about when condoms were appropriate. it was a silly cartoon, but i thought it was funny.
December 1st, 20101:09 pm
thanks cissy. i’m Catholic and if the Pope makes news, it’s fun to put him in a cartoon
December 1st, 20101:14 pm
Loved the Santa Corp. cartoon. How true.
December 1st, 20101:15 pm
If the Wikileaks guy gets a single one of our serviceman or citizens overseas killed- we should treat him as a terrorist. Do one on that.
December 1st, 20101:17 pm
good point canada dry
Seel voo play
Do a cartoon with Bookman and Tucker in it- trying so hard to tell everyone that Obama’s doing great work… but still hasn’t created any jobs.
December 1st, 20101:18 pm
thank you rush cheney. i’ll be doing more on that subject.
December 1st, 20101:20 pm
Mike, love your work. Clearly you have to have thick skin to put your work out there for others to judge and potentially attack you over. How sensitive are you to the criticism? Did it ever hurt, or does it still?
seel voo play, i attempted to, but bookman started to choke me.
December 1st, 20101:22 pm
hi tom, what a great question. the criticism i’m most sensitive to is from my wife. if she doesn’t like a cartoon, it ruins my night. criticism from others is fine. if i can dish it out, i should be able to take it.
December 1st, 20101:23 pm
Thanks for taking the time to visit with and draw our service men and women serving overseas. Really enjoyed your “coin.”
December 1st, 20101:24 pm
I hope you make cartoon regarding how congress is ignoring the unemployment issue. They just don’t get it.
December 1st, 20101:26 pm
hi rickster, it was an honor for me to talk to them and draw them. i hope to go back. i’m glad you liked my coin.
December 1st, 20101:27 pm
ronnie, it’s on my list. it’s depressing to me. republicans want to keep tax cuts for the rich, while cutting off unemployment benefits to the jobless. i don’t get it.
December 1st, 20101:29 pm
Hopefully you’ll have your own coin made up… featuring the couple (Ev & Flo?)
December 1st, 20101:30 pm
I showed up because it said “Lunch with Luckovich” and I was wondering if you’re buying at Buckhead Diner or Ruth Chris. I don’t want to go to the wrong place, even if I’m 30 mins late.
p.s. Can you do cartoon rendition of Jeff Schultz for me as a Christmas gift? Or do you think drawing a cartoon of him would look too much like an actual portrait in his case.
December 1st, 20101:32 pm
I loved Trudeau’s “Lighting up the bad guys…” BD coin.
December 1st, 20101:33 pm
what rickster is referring to are “command coins.” they are given usually by officers to service members for doing something outstanding. they often have the unit’s insignia on them. when i was in afghanistan, a couple cartoonists did have their own coins, so next time, i may get some made. it makes the luggage much heavier though.
December 1st, 20101:36 pm
I like to GOP “We Promised Nothing” cartoon. Right on point.
Mike, if you go to RangerJoes.com, you can find LOTS Army coins. There’s one called “Army Values” that would be a big hit with the men & women over there if you handed those out.
As a fan of your work, just want to say thank you for what you do. You consistently make me laugh. Of recent, I loved the Sarah Palin/press “Who’s chasing who” cartoon and the cartoon about burning the Koran where you pointed out that there are extremists EVERYWHERE…not just in the Middle east.
December 1st, 20101:37 pm
There are also what are called “Challenge Coins.” If members of the military run into each other at a local watering hole, and one pulls out a challenge coin, and the other doesn’t… loser buys.
hi ted striker
go to buckhead diner. order whatever you want. when the check comes, tell them a cartoonist told you you don’t have to pay.
December 1st, 20101:38 pm
Do a cartoon w the Dem’s taxing the job creators and then explaining to their clueless voters why there still aren’t any jobs.
Gold Mike! Gold!
December 1st, 20101:40 pm
thank you KC! i’m glad you like my cartoons. a couple weeks ago, someone commented they wish i’d get run over by a bus. i interpreted that to mean they didn’t like my caroons.
Someday you people will have to explain to me the backwards idea that the government just haphazardly spends itself into oblivion you always think the answer is raising taxes to keep up with it.
Stop the spending or slow it down. Every family in America does it to balance their own budget. Except the Democrats, they just scream at people to give them more. What the he L L?? We’re running out of money? Steal it from the people! Call it taxes! How dare they oppose this genius thinking!!!
December 1st, 20101:42 pm
I love your cartoon that uses DC “superhero’s to make a political point, My favorite is “You always do that when Bush come on” Hulk, is in this cartoon. What inspired you to do this.
What particular topic inspires you the most before you draw?
Love your cartoons!
guy incognito, you’re right! i pay a kid to mow my lawn, i’m a job creator! i shouldn’t have to pay taxes!
If all men are created equal… why don’t we tax them that way?
If you raise taxes on one, raise them on the others. Treat everyone fairly.
December 1st, 20101:43 pm
Mike.. other than the one guy with the pieces of shrapnel he kept in a bag by his hospital bed… any other GI really make an impression on you?
December 1st, 20101:44 pm
Mike, your cartoons are fantastic and I love starting my with them! It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but I think that my most-recent favorite is the one with the voter gearing up for 2012! (With the recent bizarre news of the GOP wanting to extend the tax cuts but not fund unemployment assistance, I’m absolutely baffled and wondering if not helping the unemployed could create a double-dip recession…)
December 1st, 20101:46 pm
Oops! I meant to say that I start my *day* with them.
December 1st, 20101:47 pm
amongst recent presidents, w was the all-time big spender and for most of his presidency, congress was republican.
Stick and Move
December 1st, 20101:49 pm
Democrats can take all the credit for trying to raise taxes on the rich.
Penalize the folks that offer us jobs. Yeah, that will create some more jobs.
The Democratic Party. Crushing the Drive to Succeed Since 1776.
Cindy, the GOP isn’t cutting off unemployment benefits. They just don’t want to borrow money to pay them. Surely in a 2+ TRILLION budget there should be something they could cut to fund unemployment benefits.
It’s called “Pay As You Go” (PAYGO) – and the Dems have been ignoring it for years now.
December 1st, 20101:50 pm
rickster, i met a soldier in khandahar. i could tell he was having issues. his eyes had what’s called a “thousand yard stare.” i hope he gets help.
You mean you think W spent more than Obama? Might want to recheck your numbers.
December 1st, 20101:51 pm
What I appreciate most about your columns is that you employ humor/satire judiciously yet you aren’t married to them since some sentiments and issues need a different face.
You’re your own guy but I see some definite Mort Drucker in you.
I really enjoy your political cartoons! They are so easy to understand! When I was young I had a civics class in the 9th grade and we had to cut out political cartoons to discuss in class, but they were sooooo hard to understand! It wasn’t like I didn’t know of some of what was going on in the world from reading the newspaper and watching 60 Minutes every Sunday with my mother current events were important. So, thanks again for making them really easy to understand!
December 1st, 20101:54 pm
Sadly…. a lot of them do Mike.
i try very hard to make them understandable. i choose issues readers are familiar with to draw cartoons on.
Hootinanny Yum Yum
December 1st, 20101:58 pm
Generally think to lean a little too far to the left for my taste, but as a retired vet I appreciate you taking the time to visit the troops.
Why is Charlie Brown standing on the end table with a lampshade on his head in yesterday’s cartoon?
Ted Striker, mort drucker is one of my heroes. he was the cartoonist i tried to copy when i was in junior high school. i’ve gotten to know him over the years. he’s a very sweet person. you’ve got a good eye to notice his influence in my work.
December 1st, 20102:00 pm
funny comment about charlie brown, Hootinanny Yum Yum. i did that on purpose. thanks for reading me despite not agreeing with me.
December 1st, 20102:02 pm
everybody, i’ve got to come up with an idea, so i’m signing off. i’ll be back next wednesday at 1 pm. thanks for the great questions and comments.
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