April 27th, 2010. I drew this cartoon almost two years ago. My editor at the time asked for a bonus cartoon that wasn't topical so that it could run at any moment. That moment never came, so it's been sitting around for awhile. A cartoon I did just recently ran into some problems, so I submitted this as a replacement.
The FDR caricature in the strip is based on a real caricature I saw from the 1930s. My only real change was to make his head bigger. That made it funnier for some reason.
I've always liked this one, and whenever I pass my portfolio around I usually include this strip.
April 28th, 2010. I received an e-mail last Tuesday asking for a cartoon regarding Mark Emmert's sudden departure as president of the University of Washington. Upon reading this news, my first immediate thought was, "Well, I'm leaving this year, so there's obviously no reason why he should stick around." This joke became the basis for the cartoon.
By the way, this is the fastest I've ever put together a cartoon. From idea to drawing to submitting, the whole process took a little over an hour and a half.
May 3rd, 2010. Nobody ever complains about those damned Canadian immigrants. Stop taking our jobs!
This was a fun one to write, and I'm particularly fond of the "Alan Thicke level of blandness" line. Oh, and there's another "Degrassi" reference, for you "Degrassi" fans out there.