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I’m not sure how funny this cartoon is. Maybe not at all. I was just thinking that with all the emphasis on safety equipment for every little thing in our lives these days, that it might be nice to see King Kong protected during his epic ascension up the Empire State Building. Every now and then I get sort of tired of living in a nanny society that legislates my own safety even though I am an adult. I know there are some good reasons for this but it is tiring at times. I was at an art opening in Brooklyn the other night and they were selling small plastic cups of beer and wine. I tried to walk out onto the sidewalk to find a friend and was told I could not walk out onto the street with the small cup of beer. I could, however, swallow the beer and walk out with the empty cup. For the life of me I can’t think what that law is about. Is the beer more dangerous in a cup or in me? This has nothing to do with personal safety, I’m just being cranky.
Here’s a gag from my good friend, Cliff, who is a doctor. During the 19th century, soldiers of the Civil War had little more than a shot of liquor to anesthetize them during surgery. Super bummer. This poor schmuck is left with O’Doul’s, which is a non-alcoholic beer if you didn’t know. Sublime bummer. Here’s a link to one of my favorite Civil War gags.
If you’re into this kind of thing, my friend and colleague, Wayno, has recently begun coloring my cartoons for me, which has freed up some of my time to start painting again. (I’ll be blogging more about that soon.) The two cartoons above are his work with my picky supervision. Here he talks about the experience.
I’ll leave you today with an old cartoon from 2007. I came across it the other day while searching for something else and just thought I’d share it with you. I don’t do sequential image gags very often but I think this one is pretty good.