Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cartoon of the day

Cartoon of the month

This is one of my favorite recent cartoons off my drawing board . . . having hired my bit of laborers over the years, you would be surprised of what people do when you guess or estimate how intelligent someone is by just looking at them and not really interviewing them like you should . . .

Just because a person looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it does not mean it is a duck . . . Oh-h, did I find out . . . people who couldn't read the little tick mark measurements on a  yardstick . . . just for starters . . . the stories from my sign shop would have made a great reality show . . . maybe in my memoir book I'll tell the rest of the story . . . and countless others that will guarantee to amuse and educate you . . .

Saturday, February 27, 2010


 " - - - Manufacture is intelligible, but trivial: Creation is great, and cannot be understood.  Thus if the debater and Demonstrator, whom we may rank as the lowest of true thinkers, knows what he has done, and how he did it, the Artist, whom we rank as the highest, knows not; must speak of inspiration, and in one or the other dialect, calls his work the gift of a divinity. "

Thomas Carlyle ( 1775 - 1881 )
The Harvard Classics

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Funny Times cartoon - Roy Delgado

This cartoon appears in the March issue.

First for Women cartoon - Roy Delgado

This drawing appears on page 122 of the 2010 March issue  in  Last Laugh Department.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Harvard Business Review cartoon - Roy Delgado

This drawing appears on page 89 in the Harvard Business Review March issue.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wisdom -

" No matter what has happened, always behave as if nothing has happened. "


This reminds me of the legendary UCLA basketball coach, Bill Wooden.  This classic sentence, I believe could have easily been penned by Mr. Wooden.

Years ago I remember seeing a TV interview of one of his great centers, Dave Meyers. Dave was replying to a question by the interviewer of how the team, almost to the last man was ALWAYS cool and calm and no matter how dire the circumstances were, the poise you saw was so admirable, almost like you were watching a movie . . . and then, just like a movie, they would make that last second steal or shot that won the game . . . and the team showed just a little enthusiasm when they would squeak by . . it was as if they KNEW what the ending was going to be.

This phenomena happened because The coach had drilled it into the player's brain, that no matter how the game ended, he told the team that when they trotted off the court, NO ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO TELL IF UCLA WON OR IF THEY LOST by their actions or the expression on their faces !

Of course it was hard to do, but man, that's what I call classic poise . . . if you can do it.

Cartoon of the month

Wisdom -

" There ain't no cloud so thick that the sun ain't shinin' on the other side. "

( an 1870's mountain man )

Cartoon of the week

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Cartoon of the day

Christmas in February . . . why not ?

Thursday, February 18, 2010


" Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel. "


Wednesday, February 17, 2010


" The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. "


Cartoon of the week

Thought for the day . . .

He that cannot endure the bad will not live to see the good. "


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

American Legion Magazine cartoon

This drawing appears on page 68 of the June 2009 issue. It was color rendered with the computer, using my trusty Corel PaintShop Pro 9 program.

American Legion Magazine cartoon

Here is a drawing that appears on page 72 of the March 2009 issue of American Legion.  Original was submitted as a black and white and as they only publish color cartoons, they requested a colored version and bingo, with my trusty Corel PaintShopPro 9 program it was quickly rendered in living color.  Then I printed it on Kodak premium heavy matte photo paper and USPS mailed it.

I've upgraded and tried both PaintShopPro X AND XI, but I like the 9 version the best so I use it most of the time.  Jerry King told me he likes PhotoShop 4 and now they must be way up to about 15 but if a less complicated version suits you best, use what you feel comfortable with is the name of the game I guess.

 Jerry tells me also that he draws with a pencil only, and then scans it as a black and white and then you can either print it as a black and white ink drawing for submission and then since it's saved in your computer, you can retrieve it when you want to color it or give it some grey wash tones, or whatever . . .

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cartoon of the day

Wisdom -

" When I look at the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. "


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cartoon of the day


" Few persons realize how much of their happiness, such as it is, is dependent on their work. "


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Influence of some cartoon art from " Dada "

The following, I hope, is an attempt to explain the situation of the dilemma in trying to make sense of many of the magazine cartoon art purchases at The new Yorker magazine, since the mid-seventies.  ( Serious comments, dialogue welcomed )

From Webster's New World College Dictionary ( Third edition ): The following . . .

da-da . . . Fr. lit., . .  hobbyhorse, babytalk, altered ?  selected by Tristan Tzara, leader of the cult, because of its resemblance of meaningless babble, as symbolic of the movement, a cult ( 1916-1922 ) in painting, sculpture, and literature characterized by fantastic, abstract, or incongrous creations, by rejection of all accepted  conventions, and by nihilistic satire.

And furthermore, from Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth edition, the following . . .

Da-da . . . Fr., 1919:  A movement in art and literature based on deliberate irrationality and negation of traditional artistic values; also, the art and literature produced by this movement.

Gee, I wonder why the people at the New Yorker just didn't say this and tell cartoonists that they have started to look at  Dadaism in their cartoon selection . . . . .  way back in the 70's or when the Dadaists started to appear . . . more and more . . . I guess people were supposed to figure it out themselves . . . they could have saved themselves a lot of time because although they have never stopped some new " traditional " cartoonists to appear altogether . . . an overwhelming number of  " Dada cartoonists " have continued to join the ranks of the cartoon group at The New Yorker.

I am positive that if a buyer suggested to you that they get giddy and excited over a Dada cartoon style, you would think twice before sending them your run of the mill traditional cartoon crap, instead, you would very easy to go the Dada route ( and send them some crappy Dada crap.) It would be easy.

Take a good free-throw shooter in the NBA who averages 85%, and you tell him, look, I want to hire you but you show too much skill, can you miss more shots, so you look really bad, can you do that?, huh? can you miss a few shots, huh? or is that too hard ?, huh ?, huh? . . .  

( Try asking a Dada cartoonist to draw with skill, hell, it's too much work!, you're taking the FUN out of it, man . .  this is ME,  I'm having a ball . . . whazza matta, aren't you hip ? don't you get it ?  Was Jackson Pollock nuts or are YOU nuts, don't you get it ? . . get with it.  )  It's ALL a bunch of shit. Nothing matters.  Read Alan Watts, and Saul Alinsky and Noam Chomsky . . .  take a hit off this bong, THEN tell me my Dada cartoons stink. It's YOU, not me.

Picture it the other way around, a magazine has been buying totally 100% Dada cartoons for 50 years and then one day they tell you that they are going to start buying cartoons from cartoonists that are tradionalists . . artists that can draw with skill, and their training shows, people who take the art seriously . . . I think what would happen is more Dada cartoonists would consider jumping off bridges or go back ( or just plain go for the first time ) to art school, or maybe join The Progressive Party of politics, where it plainly shows they would feel very comfortable, or maybe move to Amsterdam or Oregon or Seattle, or look for a profession where they can "rationalize " that bad is good, down is up, Columbus was a no good rotten bastard, It's all the other greedy bastards fault, taxes are good, life owes me something, the government can solve everything, cops are bad, share the wealth ( AND the pot, why not? ) , legalize everything, if it feels good, it ought to be legal. 

" Do not be a solver of riddles. "
- Kahlil Gibran

Cartoon of the day

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wall Street Journal cartoon - Roy Delgado

Here is a very recent cartoon in the No. 1 newspaper in the country, ( If you want to know what is going on that will probably affect you ).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Easyriders cartoon - Roy Delgado

This drawing comes from inside the recent  February 2010 issue of the most popular biker magazine around . . .

Cartoon of the week

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


" God loveth a cheerful giver. "

 - 2 Corin. 9:7

cartoon of the day

" There are none so blind as those that will not see. "


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Wisdom -

" I am happy and content because I think I am. "

 - Alain-Rene Lesage

Playboy cartoon - Roy Delgado

This drawing appears on page 118 of the March 2010 issue . . . I also have another cartoon in this issue, on page 100, not shown here.

The Adam and Eve situation is a cliche of the old familiar predicament that some men find themselves in . . . and it seems like the same old lame ' can you prove it ' excuse . . . .

The more things change . . . the more they stay the same . . .  S.O.S., What's new ?

Reader's Digest Cartoon - Roy Delgado

This drawing appears on page 70 of the March issue -

Drawing was done with a Micron pen, then scanned and after submitted as a black and white, instructions came to color it. coloring was executed with my Corel PaintShop Pro 9 program.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Real Church Marqee Signs in the area . . .

Having been in the sign business all my life I probably pay more attention and read more signs than the average joe - - -  I especially like to read the changeable message reader boards that are usually below the main sign which sports the name of the church.  I usually stop and make a quick note on my 3x5 pad so I can remember it - - - Here are a couple I recently saw - - - you can't make this stuff up - - - This one in Cumberland MD. - - - 


And then this one - - -


Both priceless - - -

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wisdom -

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

- Henry David Thoreau

Friday, February 5, 2010


Recently I finished The Analects: A collection of  of Confucious' teachings and found, without a doubt, that it should be placed on a list of must reading for everyone.  It not only tells you about some history of the man but also his knowledge and insight and advice is there for free.

There are hundreds of his " sayings " to remember and should be available and placed in a safe place as you may want to refer to them as you navigate your way through life . . . several are etched in my mind and this one is at the top: ( You better write this one down ).

" To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. "

- Confucius

If this is not priceless, I don't know the meaning of priceless.

Nuf sed.

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't make. "


My little Bill Veek story . . .  ( It's VEECK like in WRECK )
I would suggest for anyone out there who does not know about this flamboyant major league baseball owner to google him . . .

Being raised in Tucson, Arizona, I remember when about in the 5th grade, I attended Roskruge Junior High School, which was just two-and-a-half blocks from my house and I distinctly remember Bill Veek Jr., who was about one year younger than I lived in the house directly across the street from the school, on Fifth Street.  Bill Veek Jr. was a lanky smart nice kid and sported glasses.  His father, Bill Veek Sr. at the time was the owner of the Cleveland Indians, and Tucson was the winter home of the Indians.  So the family would move here for the winter warm up season every year.  I didn't know him well, but I do remember playing a little softball in the schoolyard with him.

The city of Tucson therefore was home to the minor-league Cleveland Indians franchise team: " The Tucson Cowboys ".   I went to hundreds of Tucson Cowboy games, and I also saw a few Indians Exhibition games and back in hose days, they would let you climb the wall and sneak in free . . nobody said nuttin' . . . but those days are gone, now the police handcuff and arrest you.   It's a whole new ball game ( pardon the pun ).

I remember getting Lou Boudreau's and Satchel Paige's and Bob Lemon's and Larry Doby's autographs. Usually on the back of a Hershey Bar wrapper or popcorn box . . . most of them would give you a dirty look . . . reason was that the majority of the kids had nice autograph books  . . . I remember Bob Lemon saying looking at the Hershey bar wrapper, You're not going to throw it away, are you ? . . I said, of course not, Thanks !   He said, You're welcome.

Phoenix was the winter spring training camp sometimes of the then Brooklyn Dodgers, and I got to see a lot of baseball legends who came in to play the local Cleveland Indians.  Lots of fond memories . . . I remember back then, about in 1950 is when I saw Satchel Paige up close . . Hell, he looked about 60 then, and he went on to play for years after that . . . Back to the drawing board.

Nuf sed, as Lew Card used to say.


" There are no conditions to which a man cannot become accustomed. "



We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided. "



cartoon of the day

With the Super Bowl just two days away, and football on my mind, coincidently, I ran across this oldie football cartoon of mine ( in my map file ) which appeared in Reader's Digest a few years ago . . . still one of my favorites of all time . . . 

Talking with Sam Gross on the telly the other day and we happened to be talking about keeping focused . . . I mentioned that I don't have any problem with staying on the drawing board constantly EVERY day  . . .  in fact, I told him that I work EVERY day 10-12 hours, no problem . . . and he said, He does about the same thing . . . but, no, not today, I'm going to watch football, he said . . . ( It was the NFL Divisional Playoffs ) .
Well, so was I, I told him . . . ( What I meant, is that I work EVERY day in my magazine cartooning . . . but, of course, I sneak in a few other things, but usually related to my craft . . .

With what is left of the day, I read every morning at least one hour plus, last week I finally read The old man and the sea by Hemingway.  Right now I'm on The Harvard Classics, Montaigne, The Celtics, Aesthetic Considerations . . . great essays . . must reading.

At night, I watch the news, Seinfeld reruns ( Addicted ), a couple " Forensic " shows, maybe National Geographic channel and Turner Classic channel . . .

So much to experience, so little time . . .

Thursday, February 4, 2010


" Goodness is the only investment that never fails. "

- Henry David Thoreau

Cartoon of the week

I live about six miles out of the town of Petersburg, WV . . . actually, it's Maysville, WV . . . way out in the sticks on top of a little mountain . . on any given day or hour, usually very early in the morning or at dusk, I can look out the window and see anywhere between 3-4 and up to 12 deer slowly walking by and stopping and grazing across my front or back yard just taking their time . . it is truly a beautiful sight to behold . . . 

Of course all over around these roads you see the ubiquitous  " Deer Crossing caution " signs . . . you've seen them . . . 

 I've often thought of fabricating and putting up one of these signs you see in this cartoon, just for laughs . . . I 'll probably do it . . . 

Cartoon of the day

With the Super Bowl just a few days away you think right away of the "expensive" ads that are aired at half-time . . . millions and millions of dollars for just a 30-second ad . . .  Actually . . . what many people don't know is that it is the cheapest advertising there is . . . Advertising is sold by "reach" - - - meaning how many people will be exposed to your message . . . then you divide the dollar by the people-count and bingo, that is what it costs per person to get the ad in front of that person - - -  whether it is a TV or radio ad or highway billboard  . . .  which is figured by actual counting of the vehicles, you've seen those old guys with a hand clicker-counter in their hands on a stool by the side of the road . . .

I remember years ago, it would cost about 13 cents to place a flyer-handbill on a car's windshield ( based on the cost of printing a hand bill, and paying a person to actually go around and placing that hand bill on the windshield wiper OR at a person's doorstep  . . . 

Back then, it was only about 3 cents per person reach for a Super Bowl ad compaired to the 13 cents per person reach handbill under the winshield .

Nuf sed.



" There are two ways of meeting difficulties --  you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them. "

 - Phyllis Bottome


" A man must live in the world and make the best of it, such as it is. "

 - Montaigne


Wednesday, February 3, 2010


" Happiness depends upon ourselves - "

- Aristotle

Cartoon of the week

Overheard in one of Bernie Madoff's offices -
( That's Bernie Talkin' )


Tuesday, February 2, 2010


" I want to do it because I want
 to do it. "

- Amelia Earhart


" I wish it, I command it.  Let my
will take the place of a reason. "

- Juvenal


" Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. "

- Kahlil Gibran


" If God gives another day to our life, let us receive it gladly. "

- Marcus Anneaus Seneca

Cartoon of the day