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

join me today from 1-2 p.m. i’ll take your questions or comments about my cartoons, including Monday’s drawing on the death of bin Laden and anything else you want to talk about. i’ve drawn bin Laden a lot over the years and here is a gallery of some of the Osama toons I did.

Comments and questions open at 1 p.m.

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mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
12:56 pm

hello everyone. i’m officially online now.

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:12 pm

while i’m sitting here waiting for someone to decide to ask my a question, i’m drawing my cartoon for tomorrow, featuring that couple i always draw. it’s about obama.

A neighbor

May 4th, 2011
1:14 pm

Hi, Mike, I’m wondering about the process you went through — and how long it took — to produce the “Mission Accomplished” cartoon after bin Laden’s death.

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:17 pm

it’s about dam’ time someone asked a question. thanks A neighbor. the ajc called me mon. morning asking me to come in early, instead of noon, to get a cartoon up at ajc.com. at home at 6:60 or so, i came up with it and went to the ajc and had it drawn by 8am. inever come up with ideas that quick!

Mari Stilson

May 4th, 2011
1:17 pm

I am sure you get plenty of fan mail, but have you ever had to apologize for one of your cartoons?

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:19 pm

hi mari. once when i did a cartoon making fun of n. georgians, then gov zell miller wrote me an impassioned letter, pointing out how unfair it was. he was right, so i wrote zell an apology. that’s the only time.

mike

May 4th, 2011
1:30 pm

Hi Mike. Do you prefer reading fiction or nonfiction books, and what are you reading right now?

CURT

May 4th, 2011
1:31 pm

Is your favorite couple(short guy , high hair woman) reminiscent of a couple that you knew?

j-aut

May 4th, 2011
1:31 pm

Do you know anything about Middle Eastern political cartoonists? How would they view bin Laden’s death?

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:34 pm

hi mike
i prefer nonfiction. i recently finished “matterhorn” about the vietnam war. it was fiction, but based on what the war was really like

Teddy

May 4th, 2011
1:35 pm

Love the cartoons you do of recently deceased public figures reaching the Pearly Gates. Would love to see a similar one for Bin Laden…..minus the Pearly Gates of course.

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:35 pm

curt, the couple is loosely based on my wife and i, although neither of us look like that. the wife’s the smarter one just like in my household.

mike

May 4th, 2011
1:38 pm

i’ll check out matterhorn. i find that era and the pentagon papers and such fascinating.

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:39 pm

teddy, on monday i did a cartoon with a toe tag on osama saying “mission accomplished.” i also came up with one i was going to do tues. showing satan saying to osama, “here’s your 72 virgins,” and pointing to a group of ugly monsters, but i saw someone did something similar, so i scraped the idea.

Jan

May 4th, 2011
1:40 pm

Mike,

Is it your intention to actually reach people with your cartoons, make them think (differently) about issues or do you feel as an artist who created something beautiful that needs to be published?

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:40 pm

“matterhorn” is a great book. someone also recommended a book on vietnam called “dispatches” by michael herr or hern. another book i’ve started is hemingway’s “a moveable feast.”

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:44 pm

hi jan, good question. sometimes my cartoons are to show what i believe is the truth, hopefully, exposing the lies of politicians. and if i can do it in a funny way, all the better. newt g. has always been a favorite target. everything he says is cynical bull.

Cindy

May 4th, 2011
1:45 pm

My office loves your illustrations of college life these days (teaching in stadiums, students crawling over each other to get a seat in class). We’re under tons of stress to spread our few resources around as much as we can, so we’ve posted your drawings in the office for comic relief. Thank you for helping us get through the day!

A neighbor

May 4th, 2011
1:45 pm

j-aut’s question about Middle East cartoonists is interesting. Do you follow work of cartoonists in other countries?

Elle

May 4th, 2011
1:46 pm

ajc.com had Osama on the rooftop posted on Monday which I thought was your official Osama’s dead cartoon. I didn’t understand it but see now that it was actually done before 9/11. What was that image about?

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:46 pm

j-aut, i do know some middle eastern political cartoonists. there’s a jewish and muslim cartoonist that travel around speakingtogether. naturally, i can’t remember their names. i think the jewish guy’s named kitcha, or something.

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:48 pm

thanks cindy. i hope things improve for education soon.

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:49 pm

elle, that was one i did close to christmas in 2001, i think. it shows osama on a roof with a bazooka on his shoulder waiting for santa.

mike

May 4th, 2011
1:51 pm

I will check those out as well. There are interesting links between that era and the 9/11 era. For example, here’s Daniel Ellsburg calling for a new investigation of the events of that day:
http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/12/both-of-main-players-in-pentagon-papers.html.

ChewDawg

May 4th, 2011
1:52 pm

Hello Mike…I may be one of the few conservatives out here who really does appreciate your cartoons. A few have even opened my eyes a bit and widened my perspective. Unlike many of your haters, I know your drawings are an opinion piece and are subjective to your own view of the world. As such, I have no problem with the fact that they often take a leftist view on most of today’s issues. I do think you tend to be a good bit harder on the right when you point out their flaws, and, conversely, a bit easier on the left when highlighting their gaffes. That said, it doesn’t bother me at all…it’s your sketch.

I do want to say thanks for taking time with the troops overseas a few months back. I have two nephews serving our country, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and they’ve shared how much means when people visit them. It sort of keeps them plugged into life back home and just makes it all a bit easier.

Two questions…

How do I go about getting a cartoon? Either as a print or as an original? Signed?

And, finally, what inspired you to keep shrinking George W throughout his presidency? I personally thought the changes to his head and ears were hilarious.

Thanks!

Jan

May 4th, 2011
1:52 pm

Thanks Mike, keep up the good work! I have your work on the walls of my study, specifically your “American Scapegoats” cartoon. If only more people would listen…

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:52 pm

A neighbor, i don’t check out that many cartoons from around the world, mainly because their approach to humor is different than ours.

NIC

May 4th, 2011
1:56 pm

Hey Mike,

Do you ever use fan ideas in creating your drawings or do you try to use your own inspirations?

mluckovich

May 4th, 2011
1:58 pm

ChewDawg thank you for your kind comments. often people tell me that i’m biased, but that’s an editorial cartoonists job description. i’m glad you get that. as far as getting a print or original you can email me at mluckovich@ajc.com and let me know what cartoons you might be interested in and i’ll see if i still have them.
as to your last question, i didn’t think w was a very good president, so over the years he just shrank, as his ears enlarged.
thanks everyone for the questions. see you next wed at 1.

Rickster

May 4th, 2011
1:59 pm

Hey mike… since Obama won’t release the bin Laden photos… can you release an artist’s rendering? :-)