Political cartoons for the LA Times for May 10, 2010.

I’m a little late for my roundup of last week’s best cartoons. Okay, way late.

I think I’m on the other side, though. And I couldn’t let the whole week go by without pointing out the best cartoons of the week…for the Los Angeles Times crowd, that is! (Speaking about editors and awards, I used to write bitter posts here about Time Magazine’s Cartoons of the Week. I don’t bother anymore. Turns out Time chooses cartoons from only 3 syndicates – BORING – and so their choices are extremely limited, and are only what they pay for. Like every newspaper in town. So their famous award…not so meaningful now.)

Aside from the BP oil spill – which according to my own stats, ranks right up there with Tiger Woods in the public’s interest and concern – not that many big stories last week. The headline on USA Today for Friday’s big news was about the weather: Gloom predicted in several states. That says it all.

As it happens, all my picks this week come from Cagle Cartoons, which is the most local syndicate to Los Angeles, anyway.

What a great looking cartoon! Cameron Cardow is not only pretty, but has combined two issues in one: both the oil spill and the Goldman Sachs dustup (piggy activity).  Even though we are home to movie stars (and of course, oil wells, if you remember Beverly Hillbillies) all of us here know that even the stars love a good bargain! Why do you think  swag bags proliferate at every single event? And so, the LA Times gets a double header with this cartoon.

Great colors, limited gradient or fade tool (my least favorite effect in Photoshop) and super concept. Funny, there are an awful lot of Goldman Sachs rear ends in this cartoon…  

(I love this cartoon, but there are so many good oil slick cartoons out right now that I think I’ll also make it the theme for next week.)

I just love a little mythology thrown into the mix! Kind of like Lost does, but Lost is rather sucky this season, so let’s concentrate on Icarus. I knew Icarus was a Greek hero who made his own wings and flew too close to the sun and died, very sad. But Wiki also adds that he could have been the person who invented sails on boats, which is somewhat like flying, I guess, since roller coasters hadn’t been invented yet, and then he still died by falling out of the boat and drowning. (like Fate, in Lost…)

How to end the war in Afghanistan.

Overheard in Facebook, by an “author of nine novels”:

What if everybody on Facebook from all over the world got together separately at a specific day and time and sent a collective, silent mind-message to Washington and Afghan to stop the killing? Wouldn’t cost a dime. Would that work do you think?

Um, how about sending emails. That doesn’t cost a dime, either. Or is it too much…work?

His reply to my comment:

Good idea, Donna–but EVERYONE would have to read the emails at the same time for the same kind of impact, yes? read more

How to use pop culture to influence your editor.

One might consider this an example of poor boundaries on my end, or simply showing my hand, but I’m going to divulge a little trick that cartoonists or writers might want to use when working with an editor.

Act as if paying that month’s rent isn’t all that. Have fun in spite of the tanking stock market. Be playful.

I wrote to an editor that has never bought any cartoons from me before. After listing some key positives about my writing and cartoons,  and encouraging her to buy something, I closed with this: read more

Jones plans, and cancels, Disneyland party.

Another bulletin from Jones, the mysterious MySpace writer, who I think secretly writes for Phil Hendrie:

Oct 7, 2008 12:49 PM
Subject: may not be renting out Disneyland for birthday bash

Body: I know I promised many of you that I planned to reserve Disneyland for a 54th birthday bash in late March, but I am now having second thoughts. My utility bills were higher than expected this month, and there has been a marked increase in Bass E’s food consumption [his basset hound] –among other things. So, as it stands now, it looks doubtful I will be able to afford the type of party I promised, and know I deserve. read more

The mysterious and funny Jones is in my top 8.

Oh, I guess I should say I have lots of great, great friends in MySpace, but some are more special than others.

I don’t know who Jones is, and I can’t remember how we became (MySpace) friends. Is he a sitcom writer? A latenight standup comedian? He seems to have a lot of friends from Phil Hendrie… Or is he just an ordinary funny Joe? In any case, I hope he’s very highly paid.

I check out his bulletins every time I spot one. (And on MySpace, a good portion of bulletins are mind-numbing tedious surveys of 30 or 40 questions that explore WHO YOU REALLY ARE, in case you forget.) Here’s Jones’ latest bulletin (which looks mysteriously like a Facebook quiz.) read more