Thursday, April 30, 2009

Great Posts at

Anybody out there interested in great magazine cartoons, just in case you do not know of Eli Stein's great cartoons and site, it's at

Today an interesting bit for New Yorker cartoon followers. Ve-lly intress-ting !

It doesn't get any better than this !


" If there were nothing wrong in the world, there wouldn't be anything for us to do. "


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New Yorker Magazine cartoon satire

This cartoon was published on the cover of PROtooner cartoonists trade journal and on the cover The Gag Recap AND on the cover of my book of cartoons: " A Funny thing happened on the way to The New Yorker ". ( Broken up in a staccato chopped up blocky design version )

It seems to me, although I've been known to be naive, that The New Yorker SHOULD come out with a book of cartoons with this title. Humility has its virtue, I think ( KNOW ) MOST people take themselves too seriously. If you ask ANY competent psychiatrist or get a CONSENSUS of psychiatrists opinions: they will overwhelmingly agree that it is not wise to take oneself too seriously - - - HOWEVER, you should take your WORK seriously.

Does Mankoff look at this blog ? Probably not, but he SHOULD look at this blog - - Look at me when I'm talkin' to you - - A lot of the stuff you see here could be substituted for some of the cartoons in many issues of the magazine and no one would know the difference, and many times IMPROVE the issue - - - but not only MY material, - - I could easily mention a half-dozen or so cartoonists whose work SHOULD be in The New Yorker - - - Like just a few - - Mike Lynch, Dan Reynolds, Marty Murphy, Scott Masear, Harley Schwadron, Eli Stein, Donna Barstow - - this short list rolled out of my lips without even trying - - and there are MORE .

Red Skelton's recipe for a perfect marriage - -

1. Two times a week we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship.

She goes on Tuesdays: I go on Fridays.

2. We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California, and mine in Texas.

Monday, April 27, 2009

New Harvard Business Review Cartoon

This drawing appears on page 16 of the April 2009 issue. It's in a section highlighting a recent book: " Brinkmanship in Business " by Bruce B. Henderson. The subject was on " The Art of Negotiation " - - Peter Vey and Scott Masear were also featured in the cartoon spread.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

" From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. "



" There is an inverse relationship between reliance on the state and self-reliance. "



" You cannot paint the " Mona Lisa " by assigning one dab each to a thousand painters. "


Saturday, April 25, 2009

New National Law Journal Cartoon

This drawing appears on page23 of the April 13, 2009 issue of this barrister's periodical read by everybody from your small time divorce attorney to your Wall Street hedge fund lawyer.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


" I'm grateful for all my problems. As each of them was overcome I became stronger and more able to meet those yet to come. I grew on my difficulties. "

J.C. PENNEY, 1875-1971
American Retailing Magnate

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


" You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do. "

HENRY FORD, 1863-1947 American Car Manufacturer

Monday, April 20, 2009


" It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself. "

American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher

New "Cruising is Amusing" Cartoon Book

Here's a sample cartoon from the brand new not yet released softback book of cartoons titled " Cruising is Amusing ".

Written by Bob Rafferty and illustrated by Roy Delgado. 143 pages jam packed with over 100 funny and amusing cartoons all about cruising.

The softback is due for release around July 2009 and can be acquired directly from Carnival Cruise Lines website: in Miami FL. 19.95 US funds.

Biker Cartoon

Here's a cartoon that is on page 30 in the June 2009 issue of BIKER MAGAZINE, a sister publication of EASYRIDERS MAGAZINE.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" The secret of making something work in your lives is first of all, the deep desire to make it work; then the faith and belief that it can work; then to hold that clear definite vision in your consciousness and see it working out step by step, without one thought of doubt or disbelief. "

Co-founder of The Findhorn Foundation, Scotland

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dr. Wayne Dyer wisdom

" Let go of the notion that things shouldn't be that way. They ARE that way. "

" Our lives are what our thoughts create. "

" All our doubts are obstacles inhibiting your entry into the kingdom of real magic. "

Friday, April 17, 2009

Recent Funny Times cartoon ( NYer Reject )

Here is another cartoon that belongs in the New Yorker magazine, ask anybody . . ( Except the people at The New Yorker, of course ! )

If you ask any of the cartoonists that DO sell there . . ask them why THEY think some of these cartoons weren't bought by The New Yorker ( Which I HAVE indeed asked some of the guys . . ) they come up with something like " Gee, I Dunno ! "

I hope none of these guys ever become the cartoon editor there because THEY DON'T KNOW . . . I really believe them . . . THEY DON'T KNOW . . THEY ACTUALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT CARTOONS TO PICK . . NOBODY KNOWS . . . and the ones that DO know aren't talking. Or are talking and NOBODY understands.

Reminds me of the ZEN parable: " Those who don't know are talking . . and those who know aren't speaking. "

Man, what a way to make a living ! I wouldn't trade it for Tim Geithner's job. ( I could never qualify for a position in the new cabinet . . I paid my taxes ! )

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Recent Wall Street Journal Cartoon Purchase

" I love business cartoons. Having come from building and eventually being President my own Electrical Sign Company for 26 years ( with 32 employees ) in the nation's capital, I learned a lot about people. Besides being an expert in your craft, you almost have to be a psychiatrist to run a company successfully like this. The Company, Roy Delgado & Associates was sold in 2001 to a foreign holding company who kept it going for 2 years than elected to get out of the business. In my employ, I had PhD.s, College graduates with degrees in Marketing, Art History, Business administration and average people. It was THEM who made me look good. I had a skill in motivating people and bring out the best in them. The simple way is very basic. FIRST, you have to like people. Before you can like people, you have to like yourself. You must help people reach THEIR goals. ( after all, they are helping you reach YOUR goals )
I learned one thing. You can pay a psychiatrist $400.00 an hour for 30 sessions, and eventually you will learn that it is UNWISE to humiliate a collegue in the public or in front of somebody, or in a public forum. ( This is stuff your parents are supposed to teach you before you leave home ). It usually comes back to bite you in the ass.
The business was started in October, 1975 in Fall Church, Virginia.

Amazingly, the first 10 employees I hired stayed with me for a term of 13 years to 26 years, the entire length of the enterprise!
It was a combination of luck, hard work, loyalty, good people and more luck.

The more complete story is in the book: " A Funny thing happened on the way to the New Yorker " Softback. 107 pages Ten Bucks, Interesting Forward/Bio, includes 100 cartoons from major magazines, available everywhere or from this blog.
In the previous blog, I tried to be magnanimous. I learned something a long time ago, ( Actually it was my first day in the Marines). It goes like this, I'm paraphrasing it; " There are times in life when a certain modicum of abrasiveness is necessary to elicit an appropriate response from someone. "

I got it.

Cartoon of the day

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pat Byrnes gets bent out of shape

This letter appeared in the September issue, 2005 of The Gag ReCap Trade Journal in the Reader Mail column:
I was amazed that a collegue ( I guess I could call him that ) would choose this type of sophomoric comment, which really either was made ( 1. ) before he thought it out well, ( 2. ) Did think it out and doesn't give a s--t what anybody thinks and stands by it or (3.) is proud of it.

In either case, you reap what sow, Pat.

It kind of reminds you of Chicago politics, doesn't it ?

At first, I thought it was kind of funny, in a sad sort of way. Now it is sad. And embarassing to the profession of cartooning.

A wise man once said the best way to get even is to LIVE BETTER. And that is what I've determined to do.

It is a truism that it is not unusual that many times negative mean-spirited criticism like this can motivate and catapault one's career in a positive way, exactly the opposite way the infantile mind who is spouting the negativity intended the victim to do.

This letter has helped my career and given me more enthusism to start my day every morning. NEVER tell somebody they CAN'T do something. There are endless stories of people that were told they couldn't do something and went on to do it. ENDLESS stories.

This letter is has been photographically blown up to a 3 ft. high poster mounted on foamcore and hangs next to my drawing board.

THANK YOU PAT ! Any more ?

Since this letter was published in the Gag ReCap , Not ONE letter agreed with him and at least three letters supported me in newer issues, plus TWO famous cartoonists called me on the phone to support me, saying the gentleman from Chicago was out of line and had gotten personal . . the other world-famous cartoonist said " WHO THE HELL DOES HE THINK HE IS ? "


Score: HOME ( Seniors ) 5 VISITORS ( Sophomores ) 0

I think it would be wise for every go-getter to remember Jimmy Durante's famous quotation: " You better be nice to 'em on your way up, 'cause you're gonna meet 'em all comin' down ! "

What would Satan Do ? Funny you should ask.

Cartoon of the day

Friday, April 10, 2009

New Cartoon Book by Roy Delgado & Bob Rafferty

This brand new book ( 144 pages ) of cartoons on the subject of cruising will be scheduled for release on July 2009. The softcover was written by Bob Rafferty and illustrated by Roy Delgado. Over 100 side-splitting laughs in the book.

Bob Rafferty's gagwriting career goes back to the very early days in the 50's when Hank Ketcham's DENNIS THE MENACE was catching fire and spreading into comic books and sunday strips and on to Hollywood where his movies are still being produced to this day. The latest Mr. Wilson is played by long-time popular film actor ROBERT WAGNER.

In the book The Merchant of Dennis, Hank mentions Bob Rafferty along with Al Batt and others as some of his top gagwriters and gives them credit for much of his success.

Bob Rafferty's eclectic writing credentials include publication of a number of travel guidebooks and other non-fiction books.

Bob was staff writer for a bilingual children's comedy program seen on more than 150 PBS stations.
His recent travel guide: " The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex" was co-authored by his wife, Loys Reynolds.

For more than 30 years he has been a gagwriter for cartoonists who have drawn and sold many thousands of his cartoon ideas to more than a thousand different publications.
He and his wife live in Sun City Center, Florida which serves as their base for taking frequent cruises.
Roy Delgado is Roy " I coulda been somebody " Delgado - - wannabe cartoonist.

The book is 6x9 inches, softcover, laminated color cover, 144 black and white interior cartoons.

The book will retail for 19.95 US FUNDS

Book will be available from Carnival Cruise Lines, 3655 NW 87 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33178-2428

Phone 1-800-CARNIVAL or on the net at their website;

It won't be available til AFTER July, 2009.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

New Cartoon Editor at the Psychic Weekly

I'm just a reporter - - I heard this from a credible source that he actually heard a couple of anebriated cartoonists having this conversation at my favorite NY watering hole, The Overlook Lounge in Manhattan.

Cartoon of the month

I like cartoons about the subject of money . . a subject which right now is a timely subject. And when money mixes with with law and justice at the same time - - it can get real intersting - -

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Milton Berle on Money

" The life of a twenty-dollar bill is six months . How come none of them ever die in my hands ? "


" I can't save up for a rainy day - - one good drizzle could wipe me out ! "


" My brother has a great way of saving his money. He uses mine ! "


Cartoon of the day

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cartoon of the week

Lady Drivers and old B.S.

" The clerk at the motor vehicle bureau asked the lady applicant, " Have you ever driven before ? "
The lady said, " Fifty thousand miles - - but not from the front seat ! "



The women really got a bad rap in the old days. I guess you could get away with it for one reason, all the cartoon editors were men ! I guess there IS a little bit of truth to it maybe because men were usually the ones who drove the car for the family, they usually PURCHASED the car and DROVE the car. So the wife was usually the only other adult in the car, so it was OBVIOUS the maternal instinct would automatically kick in and she would watch for the family's safety, just in case the idiot driving didn't see what was about to happen.

The chinese guys ( now Asians, . . ALL the orientals in the movies were called " this chinese guy " ) in the movies were played by WASPS, the mexicans in the westerns were played by guys that COULD maybe look like a mexican, JOHN SAXON played a mexican in more than one movie. Marlon Brando in Viva Zapata ( After the make-up guys played with his nose and eyes ), Al Pacino in SCARFACE ( whose latino accent was BRILLIANT ). I saw an old western the other day where BARTON MacLANE played an indian.

Talking about stereotypes, about 30 plus years ago some idiot in Hollywood made a movie and the title was going to be: " NOBODY LIKES A DRUNKEN INDIAN "
Talk about stupidity, can you imagine a title being: " NOBODY LIKES A DRUNKEN IRISHMAN " or " NOBODY LIKES A DRUNKEN ENGLISHMAN ". Actually, " NOBODY LIKES A DRUNK " probably would have been a better title.

Anyway, needless to say, the film was released under a different title after a loud thumbs down in its pre-release hoopla.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Recent National Law Journal cartoon

This drawing appears on page 23 in the National Law Journal, March 30, 2009 issue. Every time they send me a gratis copy there is ALWAYS a fascinating article or two I read and it keeps me up to what's going on so when I meet an attorney, I can bluff my way for the first 15 minutes of a conversation . . . by the time they find out I'm NOT an attorney it's TOO late .

National Law Journal cartoon

This drawing appears on page 23 in the recent National Law Journal, March 16, 2009 issue. A magazine for good, average and great attorneys !

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Al Scaduto original

I met Al Scaduto at one of Bunny Hoest's summer bashes in upstate New York sometime before 9-11. We traded stories about Jimmy Hatlo and I asked Al for an original so I could hang it alongside Jimmy Hatlos framed original. He said no problem and he was nice enough to send me the one you see here. I always thought Al did a fantastic imitation of the Jimmy Hatlo style. Amazing. He was a helluva nice guy.

Jimmy Hatlo original - 1953

This is a copy of the drawing Jimmy Hatlo sent me back in 1953. He told me that the syndicate held all the originals but that they would print one up for me on heavy, what looks like 2 ply bristol board, and like Jimmy said had all the qualities of the original . . . it was mighty nice for a pro like Jimmy Hatlo to give an 18-year old wannabe cartoonist a drawing like this. What a classy guy.