Most people don't know how to tell stories.
Life is incredibly short, yet we're always told that change takes time. For a race of mortals, dicking around just isn't acceptable.
The first step to stringing the boss up from a lamppost is saying the boss is a moron.
I never consciously do any work directly influenced from any movie, unless I'm doing a parody.
I think jazz is good, but I don't enjoy it. It's not for me.
Over time, however, the endless war in Iraq began to play a role in natural selection. Only idiots signed up; only idiots died. Back home, the average I.Q. soared.
I don't think anyone has written a great graphic novel.
Even though I'm a leftist. I think the left eats its own.
Comics are too big. You can't say any kind or genre of comics is better than another. You can say so subjectively. But to say it like it's objective is wrong. It's wrong morally, because it cuts out stuff that's good.
At this point, American workers are pretty respectful of the bosses they loathe.
Anyway, I tried liking Jimmy Corrigan but I couldn't.
Silk Road to Ruin has all the analysis and it's structured very well. I rely on my notes more and I use direct quotes. But there's nothing like writing about it right away.
When you do a cartoon based on news headlines, you do it based on incomplete information.
Conservative humor is frankly harder than liberal humor. You get points for just being liberal. You can get more points if you make fun of your own side sometimes.
Imagine foreign troops sitting idly, laughing as hooligans trashed the Smithsonian, stole the gold from Fort Knox and burned down the Department of the Interior. That was us in Iraq.
When you have birds you stare at them a lot and their eyes are recessed on their head. When they look at something they tilt their head in a quizzical expression.
When I put together a graphic novel, I don't think about literary prose. I think about storytelling.
Up until 1995, I still had a day job that I hated. I was still personally involved in things in the 90s.
Trying to rebuild Afghanistan on the cheap has left the country in the hands of warlords and an impotent Northern Alliance puppet regime that runs Kabul and nothing else.
There was an honorable tradition of using anonymous sources that was ruined by Jayson Blair.
The experts who managed the original Marshall Plan say Afghanistan needs a commitment of at least $5 to $10 billion over 5 to 10 years, coupled with occupation forces of 250,000 Allied soldiers to keep the peace throughout the country.
The best thing about being a cartoonist is to walk into a bar or someone's apartment and they don't know you, but they've taped one of your pieces up.
Orrin Hatch was the keynote speaker at the last meeting of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He sought me out because he was a fan. I was thinking he had confused me with someone else.
On the ground, Pakistan is the most virulently anti-American state on the planet.
Close friends love you for who you are; not what they want you to be.
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