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A humor blog by Graham Sale on The Whole 9

Donald Trump Snake on TV

MEN IN HATS

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Hi everyone, I have’t posted in ages. Doing editorial cartoons is a tough job. I’ve never had to create so much product so quickly. The bad part is you have to watch the news all the time which is always bad; nothing but lying and personal attacks by people who don’t seem to care about the country. My cartoon, “Men in Hats” appears every Saturday. I’m amazed at some of the liberal things they’ve published here in the Republican bible belt. I’ve received some hate mail. I hope all of you are doing well. I miss LA at times, especially when I see tv shows where it’s featured. The spring is all about music festivals and BBQs in Memphis so I’m going to get out amongst it. TTYL.

Thanks for the update Graham, and as always a humorous cartoon. Snakes on a plane made me smile.

I wish you nothing but the best!

Uncivil Discourse

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Don’t know about the patriot in the do- rag but your aim is PERFECT!

AWESOME…I may send this to Sharron Angle and Sarah Palin and Michael Steele and Glen Schmeck and the fat guy on the radio…what’s his name?

Congress is Heartless

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Hi friends, If you’ve wondered where I’ve been, I’m in Mississippi. Yep. I left L.A. mid-August and it has been a roller coaster ride ever since. I left everything I owned and went. It is a long story, which includes being homeless and it is still unfolding. But, the good news is that I’m working freelance as the editorial cartoonist for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, TN. They like my work as well as my writing and in January will make an offer to join their staff. I had no idea why I was drawing so many gag and editorial type cartoons for the last two years, but I guess this is why.

The Commercial Appeal is the major newspaper in Memphis and the southeast area. It is owned by The Food Network and part of the EW Scripps publishing empire that owns newspapers, tv, radio and pubishing concerns, including the syndicating co. United Media/Features whose cartoon stable includes, Peanuts and Dilbert. So who knows what will happen. United Features courted me in the early 80’s to do a cartoon strip. Meanwhile, my cartoons are appearing several times a week, including the one above, which appears today.

Until last year the paper had a Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist who left and the editor has been looking to replace him. Through a kind word from a woman I met at a local Chamber of Commerce networking mixer, my website was recommended to him and and he called me out of the blue. He’s progressive and likes my Men in Hats ( I first began experimenting with on this blog) and it is now appearing every Sat. for the next six weeks to see how it is received. It shows a progressiveness to the editor’s taste because Men in Hats is a unique cartoon (it’s the same cartoon every time but with different dialogue). I’m hoping everything will work out. I am so grateful that an opportunity with so much potential and exposure has fallen into my lap in a time when hardly anyone is making money in the arts. There’s lots of new pressure to create regularly, but the Editor likes all the work I’ve done (which you seen a great deal of over the years) and wants to use much of it as it applies to events and the need for yuks. Therefore, a lot of work has already exists. It’s like being told you can hand-in last years term paper over and over again – wow. He is also open and interested in me writing to accompany a cartoon. Sort of like these blogs (but brief).

Anyway, I love thewhole9 and have been feeling a bit guilty about not being around. I was in the dumps when I joined and Lisa offered the idea of posting a regular cartoon on a blog – didn’t know what a blog was – or if I could even create a daily cartoon. In fact, at the time I hadn’t been drawing for over a decade, I was working on Boneless Chuck and writing my second book, Men are From Sales, Women are From Marketing. But I thought I’d give it a try, thank goodness I did.

All that being said, I wanted to update you and wish everyone the best fortune in the shortest amount of time. I love LIsa and Heidi for all their support – there’s been a great deal of it. And I love and support the wonderous project that TheWhole9 has become for artists everywhere. Big hugs and kisses to you both.

I’ll keep you all posted, no pun intended…
I may even ask for your “thumbs up” on my work over the next 3 weeks to help solidify good feedback, which will help my position in January. If you go to http://www.commercialappeal.com and scroll down the home page until you see Editorial Cartoons and click on it you’ll go to a National Gallery of Editorial Cartoonists, my work is posted there a couple of days after it appears in the paper. Readers have an opportunity to rate it and/or post it FaceBook etc. Now that I’m writing this, perhaps as the cartoons appear in the Gallery I’ll post them here and if you’re inclined to rate them I’d be very grateful. So, let me thank now in advance for anything you do.

Cheers, Graham
Here’s the link to the Editorial Cartoons. It posts 58 and then pushes the rest off as new are posted. Two of mine are there, a TSA one (which you’ll recognzie) and a men in hats…I was mistaken, this Grinch cartoon will run (in Color) on Sunday!

http://www.commercialappeal.com/photos/galleries/editorial-cartoons/32172/

Love this! I am waiting to see what you are going to do with the tax cut issue. Today the house voted in a huge majority to extend the Bush tax cuts for those making less than 250,000 a year and to let them expire for those making over a quarter mil. Not one republican voted for this because it did not include cuts for the mega rich(which would cost way more than extending unemployment benefits) The future GOP speaker, John Boehnor called the vote “chicken crap”.Just minutes ago Harry Reid announced that the Senate would bring this to a vote on Saturday….GO DEMS! Even the wealthy are embarrassed, many of them saying that they don’t need the tax cut. But for some reason the GOP is holding out and voting against tax cuts for everybody it it doesn’t include the wealthiest 2 per cent of Americans. I am hoping you can shed some of your unique light on this subject!

Hey Graham,

It’s so great to hear all of your good news…you have been a real asset to The Whole 9 and very much appreciated. Personally I would love to support you in any way we can and hope the many others who have enjoyed your cartoons are as well. I’m happy to leave comments. Unfortunately, I just spent about 10 minutes trying to find the Editorial Cartoons and couldn’t. Is there any way you can link us directly to them?

Congratulations Graham, I’ve always enjoyed your work and I’m happy your talent is being recognized. I happen to be a fan of the south, especially the music. Hope you are getting a chance to take it all in — in between the work and stress of it all. The past couple of years has been a tough ride for many of us so know that you are not alone in your struggle, though knowing that doesn’t put a roof overhead, does it?

Cheers, my friend.

Congrats Graham! It’s always great to hear good news come out of the struggles many of us are experiencing right now :)

Happy Halloween, Friends!

Have a good time tonight. And remember, NO biting, unless its called for.

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What happens when the masked ball runs into the Great Pumpkin

needs to be a t-shirt.

Something very Woody Allenish and slightly perverse here, lol! Definitely wouldn’t want the not so bald balls to get bitten, would we, unless as you say, it’s requested.

Cute! I agree, that totally needs to be on a t shirt. :)

Please Officer, You gotta believe me, its not what it looks like……

Uh… well, maybe it is (heh, heh, heh).

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Hilarious bro’! Love hurts

Proof that love is in the air ;)

LOL~

“The bounce has gone out of his bungee” – Wallace & Gromit

This gives a whole new meaning to the term “lovesick”!

Depression Sucks

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Depression sucks. It is rooted in all sorts of circumstances, it is insidious, self-destructive and feeds on itself. It can take you out of the flow of life and leads to isolation and self-incrimination; leading you to feeling guilty about not being able to act in ways to get yourself out of the state – even if you know the logic of it. I dealt with it for three years. Oddly, I was artistic and creatively prolific and productive. However, it took going broke and getting evicted after 10 yrs. and being thrust into survival mode to get me out of mine (along with help from others). Never again.

Anyone dealing with it has my understanding and support. On the upside, you catch up on your rest and daytime TV.

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Welcome back to the good life bro’.

I second jonathanc. Been on the run, but briefly read the email you sent. What a long, strange trip it’s been. Oy.

Exactly what I needed to read this very day.

Newer anti-depressants (eg: celexa) have very few side-effects and can do wonders to rebalance your neural chemistry that may be the actual source of the depression.

I Know You Are But What Am I?

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“I’m rubber you’re glue, what bounces off me sticks to you.”

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What’s the matter with the grey matter…must be the left brain talking…..

“My wife paints ink-blots, my daughter models for them, no wonder I’m crazy.”

I argue with myself all the time… :)

Yackity-Yack

Remind you of anyone?

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Indeed! It reminds me of my aunt Tammy! Once she gets going it is hard to get a word in edgewise!

Totally!

Silence is often golden.

thanks for the comments, guys!

NP Graham, you keep drawing them and we’ll keep commenting on them! :)

There is good news and bad news.

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Wow…what an observation.

yes, reminds me of something a heard at a funeral recently; upon birth, we are immediately eligible for death.

:) LOL! Indeed, our time is certainly finite. It all just depends on how much is left…

Carlos the Barracuda

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You light up my life~

;)

…what sparks he must have in his love life! Man, oh man Graham….you can make me cackle.

Hahaha, another great post.

Graham,
left a couple of emails and calls for you but I think we may be two shits crossing in the night. Take a look at my profile, which is getting fleshed out (oy, bad metaphor!)