Wednesday, September 30, 2009


" Strengthen yourself with contentment, for it is an impregnable fortress. "

EPICTETUS ( 1st Century A.D. )

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


" Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. "


Wisdom ( Write these one down )

" I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. "


Cartoon of the week

I remember years ago while attending an art exhibition at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., I witnessed the work of a whole 10 paintings or so by a well-known painter whose name escapes me right now, but he was an ex-signpainter of all professions . . maybe there's still hope. His style was mostly stripes . . different width stripes . . thin stripes, thick stripes . . thick AND thin stripes . . pastel stripes . . black and white stripes . . you name it with stripes, he did it. He must have read too much Alan Watts . . . . when a reporter asked him, " Why STRIPES ? " . . He paused and replied, " Why NOT stripes ? " . . .
End of story . . And some people wonder why you choose to " linger around the grape."

Monday, September 28, 2009


" The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. "


This man was also called " The father of American Psychiatry. "
During the era of the invention of the light bulb and electricity, during an interview he was asked, what he thought was the greatest discovery of his lifetime . . He replied: " The discovery that man can "change" is in my opinion, the greatest discovery in MY lifetime. "

If, this fact is not mind-boggling . . nothing is.


Sunday, September 27, 2009


" If what you are telling is true, you don't have to choose your words so carefully. "



" We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. "


Cartoon of the day

Saturday, September 26, 2009


" No one is wise enough by himself. "


Cartoon of day

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance. "


Cartoon of the day

Thursday, September 24, 2009


" No one knows what he is able to do until he tries. "


Cartoon of day


" Nothing worse could happen to one than to be completely misunderstood. "


Wednesday, September 23, 2009


" Why not go out on a limb ? Isn't that where the fruit is ? "


Cartoon of the day

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


" We do not write as we want but as we can. "


Signs ' R' Us

Having been in the sign business for 26 years I was on the receiving end of a lot of strange sign requests, none weirder than the day a guy walks into my shop . . . ( The same guy who had been in my shop one month prior ! ) It went something like this . .

Monday, September 21, 2009


" Forgiveness means letting go of the past. "



" Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet. "


Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable to him; a new friend is as a new wine. "

- Ecclesiastes

Sunday, September 20, 2009

National lampoon Cartoon

Here is a cartoon from the last year's book ," National Lampoon's Favorite Cartoons of the 21st Century", Great title . .. .


" Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire. "


New Yorker Reject

Here's another one that you are positive will be the one that will break the l-o-n-g line of 20,000 plus rejects at the New Yorker . . finally, finally, I did it !

No, don't get excited . . . it doesn't matter WHAT you submit anymore, YOU ain't a gonna sell there . . what part of "NO" don't you understand ? H-m-m-n ? We don't have to explain it . . it just AIN'T GOING TO HAPPEN. You are starting to look dumb.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


" There are men who are happy
without knowing it. "

VAUVENARGUES 1715 - 1747
French Moralist and Essayist

Friday, September 18, 2009


" If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second or even the third place. "

CICERO, 106 - 43 BC

I guess you could take that to mean . . Hey, So you weren't a top New Yorker magazine cartoonist . . . you're still okay . . . Like Lee Lorenz told me one day . . " The fact that you didn't sell to the New Yorker means you are in great company . . "

He could have been a darned good Diplomat or Ambassador that guy . .

Cartoon of the week

The situation here is something you might see in a " New Three Stooges " movie, I'm a sucker for this crap. I still think there could be " The New Three Stooges " . . they could be a real diverse group . . a WASP, an Asian, an African-American and an illegal alien ( The surprise would be that the illegal alien was from Australia ). Maybe it wouldn't be such a great idea after all . . . I don't know . . . Kramer ( of Seinfeld ) could be a half-brother of the Australian who would come in and out of the scripts . . . and of course you'd have to have a spot for Newman and maybe Costanza . . and Costanza's father . . Wow ! Ratings !

Cartoon of day


" The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. "

William James, 1842 - 1810
American Psychologist and Philosopher

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kevlar for the mind

" To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life. "

Scottish Author and Poet

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


" The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. "

ALDOUS HUXLEY, 1894 - 1963
English Writer

Cartoon of the day

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" They are able who think they are able. "

VIRGIL, 79 - 19 BC

( Then 2000 years later a guy by the name of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale writes an all-time best seller: " THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING " ).

Penthouse cartoon

Here is a cartoon that appeared in the magazine sometime around 2004. Who would think this would have sold there ? Not me ! In this business you never know.

Mike Lynch Cartoons: Morrie Turner, Creator of Wee Pals: a 45-Year Retrospective

Mike Lynch Cartoons: Morrie Turner, Creator of Wee Pals: a 45-Year Retrospective

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Barrons cartoon

Here is a Barron's cartoon from the mid 90's when they used to buy ftve at one time, before the New Yorker cartoonists moved down a notch and started to cramp us guys trying to make a few bucks . . . Wall Street Greed I tell you ! ( Just kidding )

The only difference it was a black and white drawing . . I colored this one to go on the back cover of a new cartoon anthology I'm working on and I aim to peddle it to Walmart.

Name of book: "Roy Delgado's FAMILY FUNNIES" Softcover, 8x8, 196 pages, color cover, interior is in black and white and many with grey washtones.

It will sell for around 13.99 retail, regular price.


" A person who does NOT read is no different than a person who CANNOT read. "

Roy Delgado 1935 -
American cartoonist, entrepreneur, philosopher,

New October Playboy cartoon

Here's an old one I did about five years ago . . sat around on my shelf . . then I noticed that Playboy was starting to publish more and more cartoons that are reminiscent of the gags in the old " men's magazine type humor" like True and Argosy and Saga . . and more and more " New Yorker type humor" and Nyer cartoonists have appeared in an ever alarming rate ( just kidding ). And since the markets have come to me . . I welcome it. ( Just kidding, I wish )

This one was colored with the PaintShopPro9 program, I prefer it to the newer 11 version, and I just heard the 12 is out !

Monday, September 14, 2009


" It is better to be impetuous than circumspect.
Experience shows that ( fortune ) is more often subdued
by men who do this than act coldly. "


Barron's cartoon - Roy Delgado

Here is a cartoon that I believe is from about 5-6 years ago in the weekly financial periodical. It is still amazing to me why women or anyone makes less than anyone else when let's face it, if their work is measureable with another's . . why would you pay them less ? . . Right about here some one says something stupid like: " Roy, they do it, because they CAN. "
Sometimes you have to ASK for an explanation. And when the boss starts to stutter . . we-ll, that about sums it up, doesn't it . .

Sunday, September 13, 2009

On verbal communications

" In social everyday situations, it is not necessarily WHAT you say that counts, but HOW you say it . . . ( Example: Almost everyone has been taught to speak politely and say it " nice " when you can, because you know that you usually get better results by talking in a civil tone to people. ) We all know that.

HOWEVER, in verbal communications having to do like in an especially heated discussion or a friendly dialogue of ideas . . what is most important is what you MEAN by what you say . . NOT what you actually said . . " ( Example: Someone says: " I'll kill him the next time I see him. " . . . does not actually mean he will commit murder . . it's the CONTEXT in which it was used, we all know that. ) Here, it DOESN"T MATTER HOW YOU SAID IT.


What is most important in LAW, is EXACTLY, EXACTLY what you said, or especially what is the EXACT WRITTEN WORD in the document, that you agreed to, and signed your name, not under duress . . . that counts.

The wisdom comes is being able to differentiate which set of the above to apply in a paticular situation you find yourself in . . . and having both parties agree in which realm you are both operating . .

Sounds simple.

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" He who works with his hands is A LABORER . .
He who works with his hands and head IS AN ARTISAN . .
and He who works with his hands and head and heart IS AN ARTIST . .

Authority on Tramp Art

Friday, September 11, 2009


LAWYER, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law.

Ambrose Bierce ( 1842 - 1914 ? )
The Devil's Dictionary

Cartoon of the day

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Recent Harvard Business Review cartoon

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" The trouble with socialism is sooner or later you run out of other people's money. "

English Prime Minister

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm
will go further than a great idea
that inspires no one. "

MARY KAY ASH ( 1915 - 2001 )
U.S. Entrepreneur, Business Executive, and founder
of Mary Kay Cosmetics. on People Management

90's Barron's cartoon - Roy Delgado

Here's a cartoon that was published in the mid-90's in the financial magazine, Barron's . . . one of my favorites of my over 19,000 New Yorker rejects . . . I probably would have liked it better if it was rendered by a Sipress, or a Crawford or a Jack Ziegler or a soft pencil by a P. Byrnes . . . their particular styles would have done justice to the gag . . . THIS gag by one of THOSE guys . . . MAN ! . . . Could have made a New Yorker Magazine cover !

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


" Eighty percent of success is showing up. "

WOODY ALLEN, U.S. Actor, Humorist, Producer and Director
Quoted in In Search of Excellence ( Thos. J. Peters and and Robt. Waterman; 1982 )

Monday, September 7, 2009

New Yorker Cartoon You'll Never See ( In The NYer )

Here's a cartoon that we KNOW coulda-shoulda-woulda been in the New Yorker IF . . IF . . they woulda BOUGHT it ! . . Of course it woulda been sent as a greyscale drawing . . Woulda been nice in a Sipress rendition . . Or a Crawford style . . or a Cheney . . or a Sam Gross . . or the list goes on and on and on . . even in a soft pencil by P. Byrnes . . ANYBODY . . but Delgado, right ? But actually, what the hell do I know ? . . I'm just another statistic . . another guy who THINKS, ONLY THINKS his stuff belongs in The New Yorker . . The graveyard is FILLED with guys who, THINK, THINK, THINK THAT . . . Why do I torture myself this way ? Why don't I just quit . . . Maybe Pat Byrnes was right . . . Roy Delgado will never sell The New Yorker because he's not SMART enough . . like we are up here, he might be thinking . . We have real smart people up here like Blogojevich, Roland Burris . . the list is endless . . Jesse Jackson Jr. . .. . Bill Ayers . . Jeramiah Wright . . Oh yes . . Barack H. Obama . .

Cartoon of day

Wisdom ( For a cartoonist )

" If you have made mistakes . .
there is always another chance for you.
You may have a fresh start at any moment
you choose, for this thing we call ' failure ' is not
the falling down, but the staying down. "

Mary Pickford, 1893 - 1979
American cxctress

Friday, September 4, 2009

National Review cartoon

Here is an oldie from the 90's that came out in The National Review Magazine. You used to see these guys all over the street in downtown Washington, D.C. . . . back then you'd get a gag idea from them sometimes as your mind would wander while stuck at a long traffic light ,
" . . there. but for the grace of God, go I . . . "

I once offered one of " them " a job . . when the minimum wage was 4.75 an hour or so, I offered him $10.00 an hour and free pick up and delivery to his cardboard box every day . . in the alley by the main post office across the street from Union Station . . I gave him a twenty dollar bill for encouragement, I told him someone would pick him up at a quarter of six in the morning right in front of his cardboard box . . and we'd drop him off at about six in the evening . . he had told me that he had been out of work for 3 years and couldn't find any kind of job . . I went on to say that he would only have to sweep the shop, take out the trash and that he could learn screen printing and sign installation and photographic dark room skills ( When there WAS such a thing ) or many other jobs around my sign company that he might like to learn. . . that was about in 1992 . . The first morning, the box was empty . . the second try the box was empty . . I finally figured it out that he must've moved to a bigger box with maybe more leg room . . across town probably where he might not run into another job . . I could never figure things like that out . . I hate being judgemental . . BUT . . BUT .. .

Ftrst for Women cartoon

Just sold this one yesterday . . news came via the computer . . and the finish and the billing and contract were all executed over the internet.

Yes, we ARE moving towards a paperless office . . next, they'll stop making paper, then pencils . . by then all of the india ink mfrs. are bankrupt ( Almost there now ) . . . I just cleaned up the drawing, added a little shading, and in a few minutes . . zap, the whole transaction was over . . and no 9x12 envelope for the finish . . and no postage stamps . . no trip to the post office . . as Bruce Williams used to say . . WHERE IS THE HOOK ? let's embrace it, man ( AND women ) !

Cartoon of day

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cartoon assignment /1953 Art School

I ran across this musty old drawing in an old map file the other day and it brought back memories . . I remember clearly like it was just the other day . . I hadn't been at art school in Los Angeles for more than a month when Billy Hon asked us all in class on a Friday to work over the weekend and come up with the following versions of cartoons in your styles . . and then he came up with descriptions of scenes he wanted us to draw . . this one I remember . . he said: draw a bunch of kids maybe in an empty lot horseplaying with each other . . maybe fighting or whatever . . . We each had large 11 in. x 21 in. sheets of nice 2 ply bristol drawing paper that he supplied . . It was exciting . . I worked over the weekend on the assignment . . and when Monday came . . I turned mine in and it came to be that out of about 40 students, only TWO of us had done the homework . . I said to myself . . unbelievable . . I mean, we're all heare because we WANT to be here, isn't it ? . . . this incident repeated itself several times . . I guess I was SERIOUS and the others weren't . . I don't know . . . I had read somewhere that this is NOT a rehearsal . . THIS IS the Super Bowl . . . Right ?

Like Paul Meyer said: " Show me what someone pays 'A-TEN-SHU'N' TO . . and I'll tell you what his " IN-TEN-SHUN " is. "

More or less, I think it is a truism . .

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Regime change . . where have we heard this before . . ?