Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" One's greatest glory consists not
in ever falling . . but in rising
evey time we fall. "


Thought for the Day

" Our friends should be companions who inspire us, who help us rise to our best. "


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Cartoon of the week


" The secret of success in Life
is for a man to be ready
when his opportunity comes. "


Note: Related to this, as an excellent example, I once read where Abraham Lincoln, at the age of 16 and reading books by the fireplace light said to himself : " I will sudy hard, and my chance will come. "

Monday, November 24, 2008


" You may forget the one with whom you laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept. "



" Energy and persistence conquers all things. "


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

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


Tuesday, November 18, 2008


" To survive it is often necessary to fight, and to fight you have to dirty yourself. "


Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" There are a few four-letter words that will shake up every bride . . like COOK, WASH, DUST, and IRON. "

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Easyriders Cartoon

This cartoon appears on page 16 as a full-pager. It's nice they started doing this a while back, since there are so few men's-type magazines that use cartoons now. Back in the old days . . the 50's and the 60's you had TRUE, ARGOSY, FOR MEN ONLY, STAG, SAGA and a slew of others . . these were called the middle-markets . . in fact I sold two to FOR MEN ONLY while attending Billy Hon's Cartoon School in 1954.
THE CHORDS number one song on the Rock and Roll charts then was " SH-BOOM ", I think. This was before pot, before Elvis, before everything . . we were innocent . . knew nothing . . some of us STILL know nothing ! ( Thank God for Plato and Socrates ! )

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" Socrates is a joke played on us by the Gods. "

Professor Michael Segrue
Princeton University

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" A prudent person profits from personal experience, a wise one from the experience of others. "


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success. "


Monday, November 10, 2008

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" Know Thyself. "


New National Law Journal Cartoon

This drawing appears on page 23 of the October 20th issue of this Barrister's Journal. They like law settings from THEIR point of view.

The venue is one of my favorite staging areas . . . If you ever want a few bellylaughs, I suggest you go and sit an as a spectator in any court room, especially a petty crimes court . . lots of good material there . .


" Men are born to succeed - -
not fail. "


Sunday, November 9, 2008

This I Know . . ( or do I ? )

When one looks at so-called "good " ( ? ) magazine cartooning as The New Yorker Magazine purports to exercise . . . You look at some of the newer cartoonists there . . of the last 20 years or so, ( not all, but you know who you are, the ones that irritate most readers and other cartoonists, especially the ones who can't sell there ) . . . . A student of art can't help but bring to mind the famous statement by Josef Albers ( 1888-1976 ), the German-born American artist, was called an artistic adventurer in 20th century modernism.
His famous statement: " ART IS A SWINDLE. " I think was the truth. He was engaging in it and was benefitting immensely. I think he was trying to tell us something. He was an honest man.
His Socratic-like honesty is admirable. Sometimes what you think something is, it turns out to be just what you thought it was. ( But were afraid to say, because you might be tagged as unsophisticated . . and for God's sake, who would relish THAT ? ).

The odd thing, to me, is that the writing of the cartoons in The New Yorker is fine. But a lot of the ones almost nobody likes are drawn by writers . . Hell, no wonder the drawings stink . . It's like hiring a housepainter to fix your plumbing problems . . most housepainters are lousy plumbers. Most writers are lousy cartoonists. Most atomic physicists are lousy tight-rope walkers . . . IT'S NOT THAT COMPLICATED !

Actually, the writing is usually so good that you don't need ANY drawing at all !

Many are just illustrated jokes, They could be displayed similar to a section that used to run in past Reader's Digest magazines called " Cartoon Quips ". . . What they did, was described the scene and then give you the "gagline ". Hell, the same thing could be done at The New Yorker . . Who wants to look at a repulsive or stupid or amateur drawing or painting ( Unless, like Albers informed and enlightened us about the swindle ). I just like to know ahead of time I'm in the middle of a swindle and I'm getting the shaft or the short end of the stick .

Sometimes, the truth hurts ( Some people ) . . And as Jack Nicholson told Tom Cruise, in " A Few Good Men " : " You can't HANDLE the truth ! " ( Some people can't. )

As Lew Card used to say: " Nuf sed. "


Saturday, November 8, 2008


" Successful salesmen, authors, executives and workmen of every sort need patience.
The great liability of youth is not inexperience but impatience. "


Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" Every man has a secret ambition:
To outsmart horses, fish, and women. '


Friday, November 7, 2008


" The very substance of the ambitious
is merely the shadow of a dream. "


New Reader's Digest Cartoon

This drawing appears on page 206 in the December issue now on the newsstands. It's very typical of the humor you'll see in this family magazine.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


" All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise and wonder, are instances of force and perseverance. "


Phi Delta Kappan Cartoon

This cartoon appears on page 185 of the 2008 November issue of PHI DELTA KAPPAN The Journal for Education. It's a monthly aimed mostly to teachers and educators.

2008 Woman's World Cartoon

This cartoon recently appeared in The German-owned magazine, Woman's World,. This company publishes 22 magazines around the world, including FIRST FOR WOMEN here in the United States. A big thanks to Dr. Peter Plum from Connecticut who clipped it and sent it to me !