Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Baitu - 2/26/2008

This weeks strip can be seen here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Change is good

I've decided to update the blog a little. What do ya' think?

I've also decided to create a new blog for "Baitu." You can see it here.

I'll otherwise let you know when the new strip is up by linking to it here.

Baitu - 2/19

Saturday, February 16, 2008

More originals

Thought I'd post some of my recent additions to my originals collection.

Here's The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee by John Hambrock, published in July 8, 2007. Very large original, as you can see on the ruler, and yes, the title logo is drawn directly on the strip; it's not a paste-on.

Prickly City by Scott Stantis, published in May 29, 2005. This Sunday is drawn on legal size paper.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


I started a comic strip for the University of Tennessee at Martin's student paper, The Pacer, called "Baitu." Basically a gag comic about two rabbits, one male (the title character) and one female.

It's not the first time I was published (I did a comic panel for a small Tennessee newspaper for few months), but I like what I've done so far. Of course, like every other cartoonists who looks through their early works, I'll probably cringe when I look at these again years from now.

The strip comes out every Tuesday, so be sure to check back. Here are the first two strips.

Sorry that the images are small. I don't have a scanner and these pics came from the student paper's website.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Protesting over cartoons

I like Michael Ramirez's cartoons. He's a great artist, a master when it comes to visual metaphors, and makes strong (conservative) points in just one panel (although sometimes he would do multi-panel cartoons).

Yet, I don't know much about him, except that he was born in Japan, drew for various papers, including The Commercial Appeal (my local paper; they still run his stuff, alongside works from its current staff cartoonist, Bill Day), and that he won the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning in 1994 (more on that in a bit).

Well, I decided to do a search on Google Books and I came across Graphic Opinions: Editorial Cartoonists and Their Art, which was a book published years ago about some of the best editorial cartoonists in America. Ramirez was one of the cartoonists featured and it described his work and stuff. But what caught my eye was this passage on an anti-Ramirez protest that happened when the Pulitzer committee gave Mike his award. From page 189:

When Ramirez won the Pulitzer Prize, gay militants in ACT-UP demonstrated both in Memphis, and at Columbia University during the award ceremony, claiming that his cartoons were homophobic. They cited two in particular: a six-panel cartoon about a gay soldier “coming out” during formation roll-call (soldiers on either side of him move away); another showed a gay man, sitting on a tombstone, complaining that AIDS testing was cramping his lifestyle. Ramirez’s response: “I believe in the right of extreme groups to express their opinion and I had hoped that they understood that I have a constitutional right to ignore them” (Editor & Publisher June 25, 1994, 55)

I thought that was interesting, because I don't think an American editorial cartoonist ever caused such protest before. I mean, sure there has been some that led to thousands of hate mails and media coverage, but never an actual protest. Not even Ted Rall's cartoons sparked one.

Of course, this isn't as "hard-core" as the time the secret service investigated Mike because they misunderstood a PRO-BUSH cartoon as a threat to the president.

Feel free to add your own take on this in the comment section.