Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Woman's World Cartoon

This cartoon appears on page 55 of the August 4, 2008 issue of Woman's World. The coloring is executed by the editors at the magazine. The drawing was submitted as a black and white.

My favorite quotation ( Better write this one down )

" Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon, must inevitably come to pass."

PAUL MEYER, Success Motivation International

Cartoon of the Day

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Cartoon of the week

" I love lawyers . . especially the sheisters.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

On Arguing

" Any clod can have facts, but having opinions is an art. "

- Charles McCabe

Reasoning, tested by doubt, is argumentation. We do it, hear it and judge it every day. We do it in our own minds, and we do it with others. What is effective reasoning ? And how can it be done persuasively ? These questions have been asked for a thousand years.

I was having a friendly argument years ago with a friend, and no matter what I said was like talking to a brick wall . . simply because that person had already made up his mind and had a rebuttal BEFORE I made the statement yet to be uttered. It was that moment I remembered what someone almost told me ( by his actions ): " DON'T CONFUSE ME WITH THE FACTS. "

What I learned from this and from a couple of seminars I attended when I had my business, was . . you must make sure that the person you are arguing with is in a RECEPTIVE mode at the time you are presenting your side. Otherwise it is fruitless.

It's good to remember that argumentation is mostly a social and cooperative enterprise by which we find truth and resolve conflict.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Turkey Soup for the Soul

Recently, a pretty good writer that I know sent me an email saying that things were bleak, because his writing was not producing the results he was expecting and was entertaining the thought of maybe hanging it up. . . (or at least, that was the'gist ' 0f it. ) He told me that maybe he needed a little pep talk about now and wanted me to tell him something that might help. I thought for a while and sent the following email reply to him:

It is no doubt a tough business. It is a HARD business . . but it's not TOO hard. No one ever said it was going to be easy. Then I gave him one of my favorite " Gold Nuggets " :

" The successful man lengthens his stride when he discovers the signpost has deceived him; the failure looks for a place to sit down. " ( J.R. Rogers )

The most important thing, I think, people fail to realize is that ( in my case ) I draw because I HAVE to draw, and I have to draw because I WANT to draw . . . . even if there was no such thing as money . . I would STILL be drawing !

I have a PASSION for drawing . . I have my eyes firmly fixed on the prize . . . you must want it so bad you can TASTE it . . you are willing to work for free . . walk on glass . . you must go after what you want with the trenchant zeal of a crusader . . . IF YOU CAN SAY " YES " to the above, then you have what it takes . . If you have to think about it or hesitate in any way, then, I can't help you any more.

I think my United States Marine Corps training helped.

I like the latest Marine Corps recruiting commercial . . " We're not taking applications, we're looking for COMMITMENTS. " Then I said, I don't know if any of this helps . . I've tried to be honest . . but all of this is my quick 'take' on the subject. . . I can only tell you what works for me.

Respectfully, Your collegue and friend, Roy Delgado

Thursday, July 17, 2008


" Planning for happiness is rarely successful. Happiness just happens. "


Wednesday, July 16, 2008


" Success is never final and failure is never final. It's courage that counts. "


Robots are here to stay

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Guest Cartoonist - Peter Plum

Guest cartoonist Peter Plum comes from Birmingham in the U.K. Graduated from Oxford University and was a practising barrister for 11 years, drew cartoons for the Oxford Press and his college magazine quarterly. He is a self-taught cartoonist.

He went back to school and got degrees in Philosophy and Psychology and became a practising Psychotherapist in London for 2 years. All the time his dream of becoming a successful magazine cartoonist never left his mind.

He arrived in Washington-Dulles in 2004 and then looked me up and came to live in the next town here in WV, where he found work in sales and marketing .

I found him to be an interesting bloke ( He's got me talking like him ). We became good friends and he begged me to teach him the magazine style of cartooning. He told me he liked my style and would like to draw like me. I insisted that it is O.K. to practise by tracing other cartoonists drawings, but then you must stop and let your own style develop.

I gave him a couple hundred of old rejects to trace. Then he wanted some personal tutoring. I didn't know how to charge ( because actually, I didn't have the time and I really didn't WANT to) . Peter being such a great super-salesman talked me in to it. He made me an offer I couldn't refuse, even though I STILL didn't want to, my wife said, " Take it ! You idiot, that's more money than Harvard Business Review pays ! "

He told me he sold a couple to some obscure magazines I never heard of and he also told me he sold one to HBR. I'm not positive about that.

He got so he traced my stuff so much that I could hardly tell myself whether I drew it or not !

After spending $10,000.00 on my tutoring I told him you're ready to go . . you're ready . . it's up to you now . . you're already better than half of the New Yorker cartoonists . . then I told him to NOT learn any more about drawing because it will make you over-qualified at the magazine . . " You're too good now ."

I tried to emphasize to him the importance of being unique, and to "fit" in the magazine. Study it, subscribe to it, don't give up . . . last I heard of Peter he moved to Connecticut, we're hardly in touch any more. He told me if he doesn't make it as a cartoonist he plans on hitting the road on his Harley Hog and write a book along the genre of his favourite writer, Jack Kerouac. He told me that Kerouac's " On the Road " influenced him so much that he hasn't been the same since.

Good luck Peter Plum and lay off the firewater and remember to stay on the Lithium.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Barron's Cartoon

This cartoon appeared in Barron's in 2004. After receiving an OK from the cartoon editor, they requested it in color. In those days, I was using pastel chalks and pencils on a black and white copy. The lettering, ' DINER ' and the lady's hair was done with a pantone marker. All the rest is pastels.

Keen observance

" An indian once summed up a speech by a politician: Big wind, high thunder, no rain. "


Stealth technology is old, old technology

Cartoon of the Day

" He's a great doctor . . he can tell what's wrong with you by listening to your wallet. " A great line by one of my favorite old gagmen . . Milton Berle.


" We rich men count our happiness to lie in the little superfluities, not in necessities. "


" The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition. "


Friday, July 11, 2008

Out of Chili ?

" I saw in the paper last night a man went 38 days without food. He really should have ordered from another waiter. "


Cartoon of the Week

I like gags about food, soup, sloppy joes, chili . . . as a matter of fact, there's a good chili joint in the next town called Fast Eddie's Chili House . . He makes a mean bowl for only 99cents . .
After I ordered and asked for onions and cheese in it, I noticed in very small print: with onions, add 90cents, with cheese, add 90 cents . . . The bill with a Coke and tax came to $3.48 . . Nice.
I didn't want to make a scene, so after he asked me, " How was the chili ? " . . I said, " Mean, it sticks to your ribs ! " . . . The S.O.B. says, " I know, my lawyers are working on that. "

Monday, July 7, 2008

Clinical Psychiatry News Cartoon

Still another version of this cartoon would
be to have Roy Delgado as the patient on the
couch and the psychiatrist sayin: " DO YOU

Another field I think I would have loved to do, if I wasn't a cartoonist, would be shrinking for a living. I'm constantly intrigued and interested in human nature and the way everything unfolds right in front of you . . constantly amazed at people's behavior . . like Mankoff and The New Yorker . . . Like, you mean to tell me that what you see in The New Yorker is the "best" in America ?

This cartoon appeared on page 78 of the March 2008 issue of Clinical Psychiatry News Magazine . . ( A Shrink's magazine ) I love shrink cartoons . .

Roy Delgado National Review cartoon

This drawing appeared on page 48 in the April issue, 1996 of The National Review Magazine.
It seems like it was yesterday . . what the hell happened ?

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Roy Delgado Cartoon - National Review

This drawing came out in the Septemper 6, 1993 issue of The National Review Magazine.
Right after it appeared, I received a phone call from the Pentagon and it came from the Aide to the then Army General of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It seems that the Army General was getting ready to retire and the office had planned to throw him a farewell party . . . Someone had seen the cartoon and they wanted to know if they could buy the original so they could give it to the General, framed, as a gift, because I was told, it was a spittin' image of him!
The only difference, I had to change the Marine uniform to an Army officer's uniform! That was no problem.

Milton Berle on Politics

" What's the difference between Politics and Crime ? . . In Crime, you take the money and run. "

" A statesman is a politician who didn't get caught. "

" Isn't it a shame that all the people who know how to run this country are driving cabs ? "


Why not ?

I say, seriously, why not ? Everyone should get a shot. Think foreward . . progressive . . Look Back, or whatever . . Blue /Red, whatever . . If he/she/it is qualified and can turn this country around why NOT ? Give him a shot . . or HER a shot.

Friday, July 4, 2008


" There are three kinds of memory, . . good, bad and convenient. '



" You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence. "


Thursday, July 3, 2008


" Having a teenage daughter is like being stuck in a hurricane. All you can do is board up your windows and look out in four years to see what the damage is. "

Cartoon of the Day


" Success comes to those who become success conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious. '


Wednesday, July 2, 2008


" It is not doing what you like, but liking what you do, that is the secret of happiness. "


Cartoon of the Day

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


" Possess your soul with patience. "


Cartoon of the Day

I remember Dolly Parton singing I was Country when Country wasn't cool, well this hun was green way before green wasn't cool !


" Happiness is only a by-product of successful living. '