Sunday, October 22, 2017

22 October 2017

I love everything about the story of EspaƱola, the Miguel Cabrera painting that has been missing for over 100 years. I don't want to ruin it for you with a half-assed summary here (because you're totally going to read it, right?), so I won't. It's one of those rare occasions where the paper gives you something more like a New Yorker article than a grim accounting of our troubled times, and that, my friend, is to be enjoyed.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

21 October 2017

It's important to have these follow-up stories to incidents of cops murdering unarmed young black men. Much like plain old, civilian-on-civilian mass shootings, they happen with such alarming frequency, and they pass into and out of news cycles so quickly, that we can forget how the act will reverberate through a community in the weeks and months and years to come. Mesquite is doing their best to deal with Jordan Edwards' death. It's on us as a nation to prevent this sort of thing from happening again.

Friday, October 20, 2017

20 October 2017

Well, the Dodgers are officially in the World Series, but it happened too late last night for their playoff victory to make it to the front page. Instead we were treated to some light local fare: a story about toll road abuse and one about a homeless piano player (did you know we have a public piano in union station?). We're experiencing one of those rare lulls in the overdriven political hell that is the typical 2017 news cycle. Enjoy it while it lasts (spoiler: it won't last).

Thursday, October 19, 2017

19 October 2017

Ok, I never thought I’d say this, but I think I’m running out of fire-wreckage themed visual gags for the crumbling Hollywood patriarchy. Thankfully the Dodgers won tonight, which I guess means I’ll need some baseball-themed visual gags for the crumbling Hollywood patriarchy tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

18 October 2017

On its surface there's a lot to like on the front page: Isis was driven out of Raqqah, there may be a short-term fix in the works to keep Obamacare solvent, and the Dodgers' won game 3 of the playoffs. Still, Isis has not been dissolved, they've just been pushed back; Obamacare has not been saved (far from it), it's just been propped up for the moment. It's all equivocal triumph. Hell, I'm equivocal about the drawing I made to deal with all this equivocation.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

17 October 2017

Well, it's pretty late in the evening, so I guess I'll leave you with this picture of Trump and Mitch McConnell as an obsequious dog. And why exactly are these two idiots on the front page? Well, you see, the payments to fund Obamacare that Trump only a few days ago threatened to cut off are now going to be saved, but only for a little while, and because of this reversal Trump is claiming that he got Democrats and Republicans to---you know what? There's little to be gained by going into the details on this one. It's pointless political theater of the lowest sort.

Monday, October 16, 2017

16 October 2017

Sometimes the biggest story on A1 never makes an appearance in these drawings. This project is as much concerned with finding a visual throughline as a narrative one. The grape pickers and the Dodgers, they all stack up pretty neatly, but then there's the story about the children in war-torn South Sudan who spend every day just trying not to be murdered or raped or struck down by some illness running through the camps that are their only refuge from the hell they escaped from, and you can see how it can be difficult making the leap from what goes on in California to what goes on in Sudan. And why it's important to know what goes on in Sudan when you live in California.