Ted Rall made my day + La Cucaracha now available daily
So I was sitting here at my computer feeling pretty put out because I was writing a science paper instead of reading Ego Trip's Big Book of Racism or yelling at the television set. I was also feeling disheartened because of the last four weekly newspapers I sent my cartoons to, only zero of them chose to respond. But lo and behold, my email made a beep! noise and I had a really nice letter from Ted Rall (who I had written a fan letter to a while back) telling me he liked my cartoons. So maybe those newspapers just don't know what they're missing!
But forget me: there are hundreds of daily papers in this country that aren't running Lalo Alcaraz's new daily comic strip, La Cucaracha! Please, write them a letter to stop the madness! Garfield hasn't been worth reading in years--would anyone really notice if it disappeared? Of course my least favorite comic strip is Mallard Fillmore, which gets run next to Doonesbury in countless newspapers as some kind of bizarre attempt at a liberal/conservative "balance." I can't tell if I hate it because it's so conservative or because it just isn't funny, I suspect it's both. But if it went missing they'd blame the liberal media. From the King Features Syndicate site:
Mallard Fillmore first hatched from the pen of Bruce Tinsley at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va. Today, the celebrated comic strip about Tinsley's conservative reporter-duck fills the bill at some 400 newspapers nationwide...
Tinsley created Mallard for what he saw as the conservative underdog. The strip is for "the average person out there: the forgotten American taxpayer who's sick of the liberal media and cultural establishments that act like he or she doesn't exist," he says. Mallard's targets include President Clinton, the National Endowment for the Arts and champions of political correctness...
Today, readers of papers across the country enjoy the duck's right-wing viewpoint.
Well, I bet Sparky could take Mallard in a fist-fight any day, so there.