Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This spot for rent

My buddy Gary over at newsphotography: exposed asked me to draw a cartoon for him to use on his blog. Each year he does a summer project. This year he traveled through South Dakota on his way home to Wisconsin (Go, Pack Go!). Somewhere in the hinterlands of South Dakota is Wall Drug, a landmark destination that has more than 165 signs in either direction advertising its location. His assignment: photograph the signs. So, for Gary, here's his cartoon. Check out the signs at newsphotography: exposed!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday sketchbook: Don't move

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Anybody out there?

Although it's too late for the lesson in Gospel Doctrine, I thought I'd share these two illustrations from Elijah and the Great Contest. These pages show Elijah offering a challenge to the priests of Baal, and then taunting them when Baal didn't seem to be listening to them.

Sometimes the prophets of the Old Testament get a bad rap. But Elijah had a sense of humor. Check out 1 Kings 18. He was cool.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Crossed wires

As long as we've been spending the week on technology, I ought to throw in this robot cartoon.
The photo on the wall shows them honeymooning at the Eiffel Tower. It's an engineering thing, I guess. My original sketch also had him reading Partboy magazine, but because this is a family friendly, ring-around-the-bathtub site, I changed it to Popular Electrons.

Friday, August 27, 2010

A passing fad

With the preponderance of handhelds and iPads, grandma may not have been be too far off.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Judge not

Despite the changes in technology, this is one thing that hasn't changed -- except now instead of "damaged" I'm now told my documents are "corrupt!"

And, in case you're wondering, the display is orange on black.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Changing majors

Around here, it's time to head back to school. Because of that, I was looking through some old 121cartoons and came across a series that cracked me up. Not because the gags are hilarious, but because of how much change there has been in technology in the past few years.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Of beasts and bugs

I think this is the second carton I sold the New Era, a long, long, long time ago. Apparently it was before I learned how to draw! :-)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

You can't go back

Here's another old one that I found, but it seems that somewhere in the deep recesses of my mind, there was something similar in the Far Side. It still gave me a chuckle.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

You're our only hope -- or not.

Star Trek and Star Wars are often easy targets. I like this one, though, because it goes in a different direction.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Onward, ever onward

Yep, we extended the project because the contractor was ahead of schedule, under budget...and there was a need. I have to say that I can't remember another project that was given a green light to expand like this one was. Well, except for the Syncrete project, but that's another story for another day.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Faster than a speeding sloth!

I was actually quite surprised at how popular this cartoon was amongst the UDOT folks! Yeah, it's a slight dig on the was the department used to be...but I guess that was it. That's how it used to be, not now. It was impressive, though, how well the project went. Especially because the year before we had a similar project in a neighboring city that was, well, less effective!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday sketchbook: Separation anxiety

There's always that debate. Who knew that it extended to the animal kingdom as well?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Way

Don't worry -- Wile E. Coyote is there to greet him at the bottom.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Sometimes it's so difficult to tell the difference!

EDITOR'S NOTE: I debated whether to capitalize the "U" in universe because it is the Universe, but I was afraid some people might get it confused with the BYU student newspaper of the same name.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The little stream

This is one from my intermittent series Not Quite Zen. In the art world, Zen paintings are meant to convey the essence rather than be an actual depiction of an object. Likewise, these cartoons are stripped to the essentials. Comics unplugged.

I like 'em!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday sketchbook: Fetch!

We had pets in one area on my mission. I'm not talking about the adopted cockroaches or the rats that played football in the ceiling. We had a couple of fish that lived in our front room, Stud and Bud. They didn't last long.

That experience did make me think, however, if missionaries could have pets, what would they be? A golden retriever certainly seems appropriate!

Shhh! Don't tell anyone that there's a typo in the caption. This is an old sketch from before there was such a thing as spell check!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Not just for breakfast anymore

It's an annual summer ritual -- my wife has me clean up some storage area, and I find some old cartoons. This time around I ran into a batch of 121s that never made it to print.

In case you're wondering, the JCCC is Johnson County Community College. But that's another story for another day.

Friday, August 6, 2010


OK, this one may need a little context. With Chevrolet's recent announcement about the price of the Volt, their hybrid, plug-in electric vehicle, EVs have been in the news a bit lately. One of the biggest questions is, how are EV owners going to keep their car's batteries charged?

The Oregon DOT is working on that. Our Innovative Partnerships folks (the same folks who brought you the Solar Highway) are working on a project to help establish charging stations to support electronic vehicles.

The question always comes up when discussing the project: how is this being paid for? This cartoon answers that question.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Now explain those bubbles, young man!

While we were at the Oregon Coast with the kids, we had a bit of a discussion about manners. That led to this cartoon.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Call me

It may be true that there are a limited number of gags out there floating around this universe of ours. How often do you open the comics pages of the newspaper (if you actually look at a print copy of the newspaper) and see similar jokes in some of the strips? Now, these two strips are separated by more than a dozen years, but they rely on the same joke.
Then here's this one from Fox Trot that ran back in 2005. It's the same idea, just executed a little differently:I thought it was kind of cool, anyway.

BTW, mine was first. : )

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Keep 'em in stitches

Here's one I drew while the rest of my family was in Egypt. Can you tell?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday sketchbook: Avian CSI

One time when I was a kid, a bird flew into our house. I don't know how it got in, but the poor bird was totally freaked out. It slammed into some sliding glass doors and knocked itself out and my dad carried it to the backyard with a shovel.

I like the chalk outline on the window of this sketch, and I also like the TV news crew at the bottom. First. Live. Local!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Online training

Seriously, someone should make a MMPORPG geared strictly for the LDS audience. If not World of Wardcraft, then maybe Stakecraft II.