Sunday, October 19, 2008

Slug the Terrorists

(Click image to make it oh-so biggerer)

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I cannot tell you how happy I am that this current presidential election is not primarily about terrorism. The only reason terrorism works for terrorists is because it captures people's fear and forces them to change their behavior. The worst thing a government that is supposedly "fighting" terrorism can do, is promote the danger to its people. By doing so, you play right into the hands of the terrorists as they sit back and watch your freedom and peace slip away at your own hands. But the Neo-Cons have done exactly that.

Since the beginning of human history, some politicians have been willing to do whatever it takes to stay in power, even if it means cooperating with the bad guys while pretending to fight them. The truth is, terrorism claims so few lives each year that it is less of a threat to your way of life than pretzels. On average, far more Americans die choking on snack foods each year than at the hands of terrorists. So why are we so easily convinced to give our highest office to an unqualified boob, just because he seems "tougher" in a schoolyard way? Shame on us, we get what we deserve.

It looks as though enough of us have learned our lesson that we will not fall for it again this November, however. Assuming we can keep an eye on the myriad GOP election-tampering operations.

Back to this cartoon: I had a terrific time drawing this one. Designing and illustrating a deviant slug's lair was a kick. Using tiny firecrackers to blow up the salt shaker, the "X" on the garden blueprint, the tiny "to go" packets he's using to fill the shaker, all were jolly little details to think of and draw.

There are six hidden symbols in this drawing and yes, to answer the reader who occasionally complains about this, if I include the same symbol twice it gets counted twice. That's just the way I roll.

By the way, I don't advocate pouring salt on slugs any more than I would pouring acid on babies. Might does not make right, as we have seen on a worldwide scale these past 8 years.


doug nicodemus said...

i miss so much in your cartoons. it really helps when you point stuff out...i did not get it till you pointed out the map with the x. so it went from what? to HAHA

the hump back of notre dame one was pretty funny


Penny Mitchell said...

How did you get a picture of my cat?

FIDO said...

As most of you may know my grandpa or as they say in french pepere possesses a virgin ass

Michael Tallon said...

awesome cartoon

Anonymous said...

Hey, how come your signature doesn't appear when you sell a cartoon to Parade Magazine? Is that part of the deal?

Unknown said...

How do you deal, with, um, slugs? Or do you not have a garden?

My guess on the signature is that it's a matter of space. But I wanna know too- why no signature in Parade?

Piraro said...

I do sign my Parade cartoons, but with a simple "Piraro," without the "copyright dan" and a date below.

If you saw one without a signature, it's just that I forgot. Which is really strange and something the editors should have caught, but these things happen.

Piraro said...

Just saw the recent Parade and figured out what you mean. I think they're removing the signatures in favor of the tiny typeset name at the side. Strange.

On the caption contest cat one at the bottom of the page, they just cropped it out.

Jezzka said...

this one has really nice touches, even down to the shadow of the blueprint on the wall. nice ps'ing!

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering what kind of an ass fido's grandpa has too.