Tuesday, October 31, 2006

How many of these does it take?

Bradblog.com has been covering multiple incidents of votes being flipped on the electronic voting machines, which will be used by well over 80% of voters next week. All of the reported incidents so far, just as in 2004 and 2002, are incidents in which votes for Democrats are flipped to the benefit of Republicans. Not some. Not most. ALL. Oh well. The Media says they're only "glitches." Besides, these "glitches" consistently doing what's statistically impossible - benefitting only one political party - is just the mother of all coincidences, I'm sure. I'll file this under "move along, nothing to see here..."

Monday, October 30, 2006

Here we go...

And so it begins...

After a week of early voting, a handful of glitches with electronic voting machines have drawn the ire of voters, reassurances from elections supervisors -- and a caution against the careless casting of ballots.

Several South Florida voters say the choices they touched on the electronic screens were not the ones that appeared on the review screen -- the final voting step.
Read more in the Miami Herald

In Mexico, the Ukraine, and pretty much anyplace else where people remember what it's like to live without democracy, this kind of crap sparks riots, mass protests, and general chaos.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Painful campaign ad

Are you sick of scientific progress being held hostage by the Evangelist in Chief, yet?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Appearance: Schulz Museum, October 21, 1p.m.

As part of the Schulz Museum's celebration of the 40th anniversary of "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown," they're hosting a panel featuring myself and three other cartoonists, all discussing how Peanuts influenced our work and the industry. The other talking heads will be Keith Knight (of "K Chronicles" fame), Paige Braddock (Jane's World) and Michael Jantze (The Norm). Afterward we'll be hanging around to sign books and talk with visitors.

Schedule of Events for October 21, 2006

•12noon – Showing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (in Museum’s Theatre)
•1pm – Panel discussion about the impact of Schulz’s work (in Theatre). Panel includes Paige Braddock, Michael Jantze, Darrin Bell, and Keith Knight
•2-3pm – Cartoonists sign books and talk with visitors (in Great Hall)

•3-4pm – Producer Lee Mendelson speaks about making It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown (in Theatre) and then sign books (in Great Hall)
•4pm – Can Charlie Brown match wits with the Bully? Find out at the preview showing of Charles Schulz’s last animated special, He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown (in Theatre).

Museum hours and directions!

Monday, October 16, 2006

White House punks Christians

Occasionally, Candorville features Reverend Wilfred, a Black minister who suddenly became a firebrand Republican Bush-endorser after receiving half a million dollars from the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. As time goes on, and more evidence emerges to corroborate what Candorville has been saying since 2004, fewer and fewer people write to me to challenge the character. In the latest in the recent parade of unsurprising surprises, a new book by a White House insider details how the Bush White House manipulated and mocked religious conservatives and used the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives as a political machine. Keith Olberman covers the book, in two parts.

Part One

Part Two

Sunday, October 01, 2006

New Candorville book, collector's edition available here!

The new Candorville book, "Another Stereotype Bites the Dust," isn't in stores yet, but I have managed to get my grubby hands on a few dozen copies, so you can get it today from the Candorville website!

Book 2 picks up where the first one left off. Lemont's recent disastrous date with the Crazy Vegetarian Chick and his constant rejection by the New Yorker have him feeling down, but Lemont is maintaining, and things are looking up. Clyde decides to become his own boss, Susan's on the fast-track for promotion, and Lemont finds a new reason to keep on writing, the New Yorker be damned. Amidst failed love connections, voter disenfranchisement, a nosy neighbor with a big secret, and a surreal and cathartic visit from a long-lost relative, Lemont, Susan and Clyde keep on keepin' on. And contrary to popular conspiracy theories, they keep all their civil liberties -- at least according to the notes, videotape, and transcribed e-mails compiled by Federal Agent Murph.

"Another Stereotype Bites the Dust" chronicles the second nine months of Candorville. While the strips stand on their own, they really shine in book form, and that's because "Candorville" is a story that has a beginning, it'll have a middle, and, ultimately, an end. The larger story will take 50 years to tell, but within that super arc are dozens of roughly nine-month long chapters (not coincidentally, each book contains nine months of strips). Get in on the ground floor with the first two books.

You can buy "Another Stereotype Bites the Dust" from your local bookstore soon, or you can order it from them now. You can also pre-order it from Amazon.com. Or, you can buy it today right here. For the collectors out there, if you buy the books through the Candorville site, they come autographed, numbered, & with a sketch of either Lemont, C-Dog, or Susan. So you're guaranteed to get at least 1/3 of your money back when you re-sell it on eBay.*

Lastly, you may have noticed that Candorville.com has been completely redesigned in honor of the new book. Please let me know what you think, whether there are any glitches (pages not working, pages inavdvertently written in Swahili, etc.), or if you have any bright ideas about how to make it even jazzier.

*By "guaranteed," we mean "not guaranteed." Candorville books have not been approved by the Federal Government, and have been known to cause insomnia, laughter, and bouts of questioning the dominant paradigm.