Archive for April, 2004

April 30, 2004

Last Night

Yesterday’s ATTITUDE 2 gala at New York’s Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art rocked! The joint was jumping with cartoonists and their fans, artwork was tastefully displayed for all to enjoy and even the complimentary cheese cubes were well worth savoring. Thanks to the fine people at MoCCA for pulling off an exceptional event, and especially to the artists who traveled from far-flung places to be there.

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April 30, 2004

Last Night

Yesterday’s ATTITUDE 2 gala at New York’s Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art rocked! The joint was jumping with cartoonists and their fans, artwork was tastefully displayed for all to enjoy and even the complimentary cheese cubes were well worth savoring. Thanks to the fine people at MoCCA for pulling off an exceptional event, and especially to the artists who traveled from far-flung places to be there.

April 25, 2004

Militant Moderate Attacks Again

Few exercises in reading are quite as irritating as reading Nicholas Kristoff’s opinion columns in the New York Times. The dude’s smart, insightful and brave–he recently traveled to Sudan to cover the bloody civil war there–but his efforts at walking the line of moderation under Bushite occupation (a time when no patriotic American should hold moderate opinions) are growing increasingly tedious.

The latest case study: yesterday’s column, wherein he decries, of all things, the habit that liberals supposedly have of mocking Born Again Christian fundamentalists. I don’t know which lefties he’s been hanging out with, but my pals don’t hate Christians–we don’t give them much thought at all, actually. Maybe it’s a New York thing. In this town, people who think they talk to God mutter, dribbling spittle as they ambulate through subway cars asking for money, and they’re best avoided.

Still, I can’t resist poking fun as Kristoff’s close:

It’s always easy to point out the intolerance of others. What’s harder is to practice inclusiveness oneself. And bigotry toward people based on their faith is just as repugnant as bigotry toward people based on their sexuality.

No, of course it isn’t. You see, faith is a matter of personal choice. Sexual orientation isn’t. If you can’t judge someone based on their decisions, what can you judge them on?

April 25, 2004

Militant Moderate Attacks Again

Few exercises in reading are quite as irritating as reading Nicholas Kristoff’s opinion columns in the New York Times. The dude’s smart, insightful and brave–he recently traveled to Sudan to cover the bloody civil war there–but his efforts at walking the line of moderation under Bushite occupation (a time when no patriotic American should hold moderate opinions) are growing increasingly tedious.

The latest case study: yesterday’s column, wherein he decries, of all things, the habit that liberals supposedly have of mocking Born Again Christian fundamentalists. I don’t know which lefties he’s been hanging out with, but my pals don’t hate Christians–we don’t give them much thought at all, actually. Maybe it’s a New York thing. In this town, people who think they talk to God mutter, dribbling spittle as they ambulate through subway cars asking for money, and they’re best avoided.

Still, I can’t resist poking fun as Kristoff’s close:

It’s always easy to point out the intolerance of others. What’s harder is to practice inclusiveness oneself. And bigotry toward people based on their faith is just as repugnant as bigotry toward people based on their sexuality.

No, of course it isn’t. You see, faith is a matter of personal choice. Sexual orientation isn’t. If you can’t judge someone based on their decisions, what can you judge them on?

April 23, 2004

Review of Attitude 2

The San Diego Union-Tribune‘s review of ATTITUDE 2 kicks ass!

Speaking of which, the Cartooning Gala of the Year is nearly at hand! An incredible 15 of the ATTITUDE cartoonists will attend and sign at the April 29th fundraiser for the New York Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City.

Meet:

Scott Bateman

Emily Flake (“Lulu Eightball”)

Tim Krieder (“The Pain—When Will It End?”)

Peter Kuper (“Eye of the Beholder”)

Stephen Notley (“Bob the Angry Flower”)

Ted Rall (“Search and Destroy”)

David Rees (“Get Your War On”)

Mikhaela Reid (“The Boiling Point”)

Mickey Siporin

Jen Sorensen (“Slowpoke”)

Ward Sutton (“Schlock ‘N’ Roll”)

Neil Swaab (“Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles”)

Tom Tomorrow (“This Modern World”)

Tak Toyoshima (“Secret Asian Man”)

Jason Yungbluth (“Deep Fried”)

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2004

Place: Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art

594 Broadway, south of Houston Street

Manhattan

By subway:

6 to Bleecker St or Spring St,

N, R, W to Prince St,

B, D, F, V, to B’way-Lafayette St

See you there!

April 23, 2004

Review of Attitude 2

The San Diego Union-Tribune‘s review of ATTITUDE 2 kicks ass!

Speaking of which, the Cartooning Gala of the Year is nearly at hand! An incredible 15 of the ATTITUDE cartoonists will attend and sign at the April 29th fundraiser for the New York Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City.

Meet:

Scott Bateman

Emily Flake (“Lulu Eightball”)

Tim Krieder (“The Pain—When Will It End?”)

Peter Kuper (“Eye of the Beholder”)

Stephen Notley (“Bob the Angry Flower”)

Ted Rall (“Search and Destroy”)

David Rees (“Get Your War On”)

Mikhaela Reid (“The Boiling Point”)

Mickey Siporin

Jen Sorensen (“Slowpoke”)

Ward Sutton (“Schlock ‘N’ Roll”)

Neil Swaab (“Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles”)

Tom Tomorrow (“This Modern World”)

Tak Toyoshima (“Secret Asian Man”)

Jason Yungbluth (“Deep Fried”)

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2004

Place: Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art

594 Broadway, south of Houston Street

Manhattan

By subway:

6 to Bleecker St or Spring St,

N, R, W to Prince St,

B, D, F, V, to B’way-Lafayette St

See you there!

April 18, 2004

“President Bush”?

“When they elected Bush president,” The New York Times began an editorial the other day. Air America, house organ of the Democratic Leadership Council, regularly refers to “President Bush.”

Just a reminder: That man is not our president. He is still an illegal imposter, with no right to present himself to be reelected to an office he was appointed to by a rogue Supreme Court. Gore won the popular vote as well as the electoral vote. Gore won Florida by an ample margin, as anyone who has studied the issue is well aware. For the Times and Air America, two voices that ought to know better, to refer to Bush as president is an insult to our constitution and the 42 legitimately elected men who came to power by popular acclaim.

April 18, 2004

“President Bush”?

“When they elected Bush president,” The New York Times began an editorial the other day. Air America, house organ of the Democratic Leadership Council, regularly refers to “President Bush.”

Just a reminder: That man is not our president. He is still an illegal imposter, with no right to present himself to be reelected to an office he was appointed to by a rogue Supreme Court. Gore won the popular vote as well as the electoral vote. Gore won Florida by an ample margin, as anyone who has studied the issue is well aware. For the Times and Air America, two voices that ought to know better, to refer to Bush as president is an insult to our constitution and the 42 legitimately elected men who came to power by popular acclaim.

April 17, 2004

Book Tour; Speaking Engagements

My publishers and I are currently putting together an itinerary for this summer’s in-store signings and attendant speaking gigs to promote my new book WAKE UP, YOU’RE LIBERAL. So if you, a cool store and/or a local group/college/whatever is interested in having me come to your city, now’s the time to speak up. Priority will go to people who arrange events in advance, are capable of doing efficient promotion and to cities where my cartoons or columns appear in a local publication (without the latter, turnout tends to be too small to make the event worthwhile for everybody concerned).

I’m at chet@rall.com if you’re interested.

April 17, 2004

Book Tour; Speaking Engagements

My publishers and I are currently putting together an itinerary for this summer’s in-store signings and attendant speaking gigs to promote my new book WAKE UP, YOU’RE LIBERAL. So if you, a cool store and/or a local group/college/whatever is interested in having me come to your city, now’s the time to speak up. Priority will go to people who arrange events in advance, are capable of doing efficient promotion and to cities where my cartoons or columns appear in a local publication (without the latter, turnout tends to be too small to make the event worthwhile for everybody concerned).

I’m at chet@rall.com if you’re interested.