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bush leaguers

When I first roughed out this idea I wasn’t sure if it worked.  Then several people who saw the rough laughed out loud.  That’s all I need. 

I really got into the cross hatching with this one.  I figured if I just drew two guys standing there then the cartoon needed something else visually.  Enter the cross hatching.  There’s tricks for me with cross hatching.  Sometimes it comes out looking like crap.  I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out today.  The trick I used for today’s toon:  I listened to Wolfmother while I was drawing.

Bush Leaguers

Last July there was an art exposition at the American University Musuem in Washington.  The idea was to display cartoons on Bush and all his allies.  It was a great show and Helen Thomas came out to speak to us.  Now it’s gotten better as there’s a book with every cartoon from the exposition.  Rob Rogers who is the editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, former president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonist and our winner for the Halloween cartoon hunt sent me a copy of the book.  Actually, when I saw his name on the envelope I figured it was a trap for his winning the Halloween thing.  But it wasn’t.  Rob curated the exposition and the book.  I’m sure he’s a man in need of a lot of sleep.

Here’s the cover of the book beautifully drawn by Matt Wuerker.

You can purchase a copy of this great book from Rob himself.  Unfortunately there’s not a way to order it online, but that might be corrected soon.  To get a copy of “Bush Leaguers” send a check in the amount of $15.00 to:  Rob Rogers, 3460 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15201.  I think the money will help Rob recoup printing cost as no individual is going to make a profit in this situation.  If you want to ask Rob any questions about it, or to let him know you’re sending him a check, email Rob at  And in case you’re wondering, yes.  I have a cartoon in it.