Lunch with Luckovich

Im online from 1-2 p.m. today to discuss political cartoons as the campaign heats up. Here are recent examples, including toons featuring Herman Cain, the GOP debates, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and President Obama.

Also, my editors want me to let you know that I’m scheduled to be featured on the “This is Atlanta”  segment to air  at 10 tonight on PBA 30.

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mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:01 pm

hello everyone, i’m online now to answer all your questions about taxes, cooking and yeast infections.

Fred

October 19th, 2011
1:03 pm

What is the leading cause for yeast infections and how do I avoid getting one?

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:05 pm

fred i’m glad you had the courage to ask. stay away from rising bread dough.

Fred

October 19th, 2011
1:06 pm

I thought your September 30th was an instant classic, and certainly spot on. How about one one the “main steam media” lie that the whack jobs always use. isn’t Fox “main stream media?” Isn’t there a FOX news show at every network affiliated station nation wide? Isn’t THAT “main stream” lol?

@fauxfrankwren

October 19th, 2011
1:07 pm

Advice for someone who can’t draw a lick but enjoys coming up with funny headlines, nicknames, and crudely rendered photoshop pictures. Is there an emerging medium/platform similar to cartoonist for folks that can’t draw?

Rick

October 19th, 2011
1:07 pm

Hi Mike, I have a great idea for a cartoon on the GOP candidates/debates…
Have them all standing in a circle, like a circular firing squad, and they all shoot out a flag with sayings like: “did not”, “did so”, “nanny, nanny, boo boo” etc….

Fred

October 19th, 2011
1:08 pm

hell, if was just gonna be me and you, we could have just met at Manuel’s and had a beer while we talked.

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:09 pm

thanks fred. i believe that’s the nose-picking “chokeahontas.”

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:10 pm

good idea, rick. last night was the funnest debate yet.

jimgreen

October 19th, 2011
1:11 pm

Mark,

Do you have certain templates laid out for how you draw re-occurring personalities i.e. Obama, Newt, etc? Or do you alter the physical characteristics often?

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:12 pm

fauxfrankwren, there’s a website, thedailycartoonist.com. i saw a story about something that allows you to do political animations easily.

Fred

October 19th, 2011
1:12 pm

No Mike, it was the monoploy dude with his foot at the throat of the middle class talking about “class warfare.”

jimgreen

October 19th, 2011
1:12 pm

Sorry, Mike…I am not from atlanta, I happened to stumble on this!

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:13 pm

oh good, fred, because the chokeahontas was kind of stupid. the class warfare cartoon you’re referring to is one of my favorites.

George Johnson

October 19th, 2011
1:14 pm

Why are you ultra liberal idiot that simply parrots what the dimocrats want you to say. Didn’t you learn to think for yourself? Or was it the government school indoctrination that did that to you?
I actually used to like your cartoons a bit, but when Bush was elected, like most dimocrats, you seem to have lost your grip on reality.
Here’s a great idea for a cartoon, you could have obama the lawless actually come up with an idea to fix the economy! or maybe not blame somebody else for a chance! Or maybe even have the dimocrats actually tell the truth for a change! Wow, wouldn’t that be funny!?
Good grief….

hugh

October 19th, 2011
1:16 pm

how about something on Herman the monster getting pissed about Cain not getting permission to be
the next Big Boob…………………….this country already has enough nuts……look at the GOP Debate!

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:17 pm

hi jim it’s ok you’re not from atlanta. i don’t have templates for drawing recurring personalities. what i do is google images of say, obama, i choose one i like, then sit here at my computer and draw the image. i don’t pencil first. i learned to draw caricatures during the summers in college drawing people under the space needle in seattle.

@fauxfrankwren

October 19th, 2011
1:18 pm

How about a cartoon about someone who see’s Herman Cain’s face in their Godfather’s Pizza the way many folks in the South see Jesus in their burnt toast?

@fauxfrankwren

October 19th, 2011
1:18 pm

And thanks for the website Mike. Checking it out.

Fred

October 19th, 2011
1:19 pm

George is suffering from the let down empty brain syndrome that comes to him every day after Neal’s program has finished and Sean’s hasn’t come on yet. For three whole hours, 1-4, he has to think for himself………….

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:20 pm

so george johnson, you didn’t like my george w bush cartoons. does that mean you think he was a good president? my favorite targets are idiots and hypocrites which the gop has a lot of right now. witness last night’s debate

Sonya

October 19th, 2011
1:22 pm

What George said but without the name calling.

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:22 pm

sonya, you can call me names if you want.

say what?

October 19th, 2011
1:23 pm

A Herman Cain Joe Clark-esque caricature with Cain weilding a bat with the numbers 9-9-9 imprinted on it. Cain using it to bash everyone with it because he certainly is bashing our ears with niene-niene-niene.

L Dodd

October 19th, 2011
1:24 pm

I visited Herman Cain’s website recently and was astounded that he actually acknowedged that his 999 plan is actually a segway to the “fairtax” hoax–the Boortz plan he misrepresents as ridding us all of the IRS but wouldn’t–some (un)civil servants somewhere would still need to preside over whatever gouge the federal gov’t comes up with to replace the current boondoggle. Have been waiting for you to notice the “bait and switch” and let the rest of the world in on his dastardly dirty little secrets–including zero corporate tax and zero capitol gains tax: it sounds like under the Herman Cain vision for America that the only people who should pay tax would end up being those who receive a W2 form each year.

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:26 pm

sonya3, cain’s chance of being the gop nominee is 0-0-0.

Ambassador Dave

October 19th, 2011
1:26 pm

Hi Mike, always enjoyed your political cartoons. I’m wondering, do you have any short anecdotes where you found out one of your pieces made a real difference? Comics can shape thought of course, any specific examples? Pulitzer prizes aside, of course.

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:28 pm

l dodd, it does sound kind of like the boortz fair tax silliness.

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:30 pm

ambassador dave, i’ve had politicians tell me my cartoons influenced them, but i just assumed they were lying.

Ambassador Dave

October 19th, 2011
1:30 pm

Good answer. :)

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:32 pm

thanks for reading my cartoons ambassador dave and congrats on your ambassadorship.

L Dodd

October 19th, 2011
1:32 pm

Speaking of hypocrites… Newt is a well-educated guy but I still remember that while he and the fellow (Livingston?–forget the name) who was to have replaced him as Speaker initially were both, at the same time they were ‘gettin’ their panties in a wad’ over that guy who was president at the time and stupid enough to act in a way that could have subjected him, the then president to blackmail efforts, were doing equally stupid stuff. Actually, that guy who was the GOP first choice to replace Newt as Speaker was even more brazen–he was doin’ a lobbyist! (if news reports I read at the time were true–likely, since he was ultimately not Newt’s replacement.) Newt is too bright to believe the right wing is that forgiving, so, Is Newt running for VP or some advisory position, ya think??

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:35 pm

l dodd newt’s mouth is perpetually running. he’s fun to watch, because he’s super humanly smug.

L Dodd

October 19th, 2011
1:36 pm

Fred: Thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth; ya’ might be careful where you put yours.

L Dodd

October 19th, 2011
1:39 pm

George: You’re clearly not workin’ class folk or you’d know that it’s harder to fix stuff if someone else took your tools ($) and scattered ‘em all over the mideast (yeah, Bush).

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:40 pm

l dodd, i think george went into hiding.

The United States of China

October 19th, 2011
1:41 pm

My absolute fave was the one where Obama is sitting at the White House dinner with the president of China, and Obama asks if he can borrow a few to cover the tab! It was SO funny (and true) that I sent it to a few friends! Definitely a classic worthy of framing!

GT Dude

October 19th, 2011
1:45 pm

Mike,
didn’t you do a series of Game Day Programs for GT back in the 80s?
Those were very entertaining.

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:47 pm

thanks, united states of china, i love doing this job. it’s pressure trying to come up with something good, but it’s always fun.

L Dodd

October 19th, 2011
1:48 pm

The Supreme Court decision that $ is free speach is a decision with the potential to seriously damage the right of the “99%” to be heard–advertising works, even if it is garbage being advertised. Those who do not have equal $ to BUY media time will, by necessity, resort to getting media time by protests. I suspect Occupy Wallstreet is just the first wave.

Do you have any inside info and cartoons on the drawing board to reflect this new reality?

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:50 pm

gt dude, normally when someone compliments me for a cartoon i did, i say thank you, even if i didn’t actually do the cartoon. but in this case, i’m going to be honest and say no, i didn’t do those.

L Dodd

October 19th, 2011
1:52 pm

I enjoy all your cartoons and often agree strongly with some of your messages. Even when your message might not reflect my own sentiments on a subject, your cartoons make me think. Thank you for providing one of the very best parts of the AJC.

Please keep .em commin’.

mluckovich

October 19th, 2011
1:53 pm

l dodd, that’s true. i’ve done a number of occupy wall st. cartoons all ready. i think this is a big deal. corporate money is corrupting our political process. i’m proud of those americans across the country who have taken to the streets.