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Friday, August 25, 2006
A Three Cartoon Day

It was a hectic day of cartooning yesterday. I drew three cartoons, and I'm only used to drawing one a day. Here's what happened. I came into work thinking I'd do something on all the attention Tom Cruise was getting from the media who were suggesting he had met his "fall from grace" after having his ties cut with Paramount Pictures. I'm still wondering why so many even care about that story. Anyways...a new story broke by mid-morning when Astronomers meeting in Prague announced that Pluto would no longer be listed as a planet. It tied in nicely with the demotion of Liberal Borys Whats-his-name at the Party's associate Foreign Affairs critic after his Hezbollah flag waving stunt last week while visiting Lebanon:

Incidentally, many U.S. cartoonists compared Tom Cruise's demotion to that of Pluto's.

While I was drawing the above cartoon thoughts swirled in my head about the people responsible for all the hype about Pluto, so I decided I had to draw something about them:

This isn't the first time I've targetted nerds in an editorial cartoon. (Note the hate mail I received about this one on the right side of the page.) So wary of another assault on me by Hamilton's nerd community I opted to keep this off the local paper and sent it out to the syndicate instead.

By 5:00, I was packing up and ready to go home when word came in that Hamilton's Mayor, Larry DiIanni, had plead guilty for violating the Municipal Elections Act for allowing donors to overcontribute to his last election campaign. The sort of stuff that's causing the more 'Activist' elements of Hamilton to scream "Corruption" when in fact all this is over mere technical oversights... but anyway... one of the mayor's punishments is to write an essay:

And to those who were wondering, yes, the background was prefabricated thanks to a previous cartoon...

...featuring Stephen Harper well over a year ago.

Posted at 12:06 pm by Graeme_MacKay

August 25, 2006   05:46 PM PDT
You call all the corruption around diianni "technical oversights"???!?! What bullshit! He's nothing but a developer sucking criminal. Why is hes still Mayor????
Kevin B
August 26, 2006   01:07 AM PDT
Because both the crown prosecutor and Judge deemed that the book-keeping errors were unintentional (i.e) not corruption. Try reading beyond the headline.
August 27, 2006   09:32 AM PDT
I expect a cartoonist to be cutting and witty -- not emulating the corporatist apologist editorial platform of his newspaper in defence of a corrupt mayor.
August 30, 2006   07:10 PM PDT
I think it will be even sweeter to see the look on the treehuggers' collective faces when DiIanni wins this time, than it was 3 years ago.
Commuting Hamiltonian
September 3, 2006   11:04 PM PDT
How do you people have time to be upset about anything else when the Ticats suck as bad as they do this year?

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