Cartoon Clean Up

At the suggestion of some of you, I’ve tried submitting cartoons to the New Yorker, but it’s tough. I submitted Rear View Mirror Check on Jan. 2, 2018, and it was “declined” on Feb. 14, 2018. So, you see, it took them a month and a half to notify me.

There are ground rules and so many implicit evaluation criteria to consider. First, anything submitted cannot be published anywhere else. That means not posting it on this my illustroblog, not on FaceBook, not on Instagram, nowhere! Then there are the other criteria related to quality, irony, humor, timeliness, etc.. Good editorial cartoonists are brilliant, fast, courageous, and otherwise remarkable people in so many ways. What they do on a daily basis blows my mind. They inspire me to keep trying; and, they crack me up.

Besides Rear View Mirror Check, I’ve submitted 10 others from Sept. 2018 to as recent as March 14, 2020; and, I’ve withdrawn all ten of them for one reason or another, mainly because enough time had expired that the cartoon was no longer timely or relevant. Then I toss them into my Trump Gallery and throw them up on FaceBook and Instagram.

So here are 5 cartoons (with submission date) that I withdrew today (March 23, 2020), starting from oldest to newest.

Submitted: Feb, 20, 2020

Ditto Birds

Submitted: Feb. 29, 2020

That Hat

Submitted: March 1, 2020

Start All Over

Submitted: March 8, 2020

While You’re At It

Submitted: March 12, 2020

Nobody But ME

Bodacious Katie

Quick sketch of Chicago’s own Katie Kadan, 2019 finalist on The Voice, see her bio here.
[Sketch Club stats: 1,081 brush strokes, 2 layers, 19 undos, Time: 34 minutes; Brush: 433; Sketchy: 265; and Smudge: 383]

Katie Kadan, 2019 finalist, The Voice

Photo Reference for freehand rendition on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil:

Our Annual Christmas Letter: N

At our recent annual retreat the Board of Directors, executive leadership, management, staff, interns, volunteers, and special guests selected N as the letter that best epitomizes our mission-driven 2019 portfoliolongo.com efforts. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays and, if applicable, Merry Christmas.

Jim Foote Senior, AA 1284, DFW to FAT

On our flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Fresno I asked Mr. Foote, who will turn 90 soon, if I could draw him, and he said, sure. While I sketched, he told me stories. I learned a lot! I found out he’s an author, an illustrator, and a retired educator. Check him out on Amazon  by clicking here. What a blessing, especially after a such a blessed reunion with my sister and brother and their loved ones!

Looking Back

Earlier today I heard Terry Gross on Fresh Air interview Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and author of Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America; click here to listen to that interview, access the transcript, and purchase the book if you’re so inclined. Wylie outlines how in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States Cambridge Analytica, Steve Bannon, teams of well-financed social scientists, and some sophisticated Facebook algorithms targeted and harnessed the residual power of an interesting demographic, i.e., straight white men who felt humiliated and emasculated by marginalizing forces well beyond their control. They were manipulated and promised a return to an imaginary golden era that fortunately never existed. I’m considering getting the book. The title says it all! The interview prompted this:

an iPad drawing using Sketch Club and iColorama