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COMING TO CLEVELAND ON MONDAY, 18 JULY…

July 9th, 2016

Derf’s interpretation of George Bellows’ Stag at Sharkey’s.

WE NEED LESS MOWIN’ AND MORE GROWIN’…

June 30th, 2016

Last year, while walking back from getting my morning coffee in my home town, I cut though a mini-park and saw a sign telling citizens that Marietta had adopted a more growing, less mowing policy to encourage a healthy environment. I think that is a great idea. I’ve written before about how the Cleveland Metroparks […]

THE PRESCIENCE OF DERF, TAKE TWO…

December 17th, 2015

From 1991…

THE PRESCIENCE OF DERF, TAKE ONE…

December 17th, 2015

From 1991…

ONLY 15 DAYS UNTIL BLACK FRIDAY…!

November 12th, 2015

THROW THE TV IN THE TRASH, THROW THE TV…

August 27th, 2015

POLICE DOCTOR TAPE, HI-JINKS CONS ENSUE…

August 17th, 2015

A week ago Monday I wrote, in POLICE PWN LA TIMES, GET TED RALL FIRED… about The Los Angeles Times taking a dupe of a faked, 12-year-old audio tape as grounds to fire cartoonist Ted Rall. Rall has not taken the insult lightly. Sam Thielman, writing in Fired Los Angeles Times cartoonist hits back at […]

HEY DERF, WHAT’S WITH WMCSD’S HIP/SIDE…?

August 13th, 2015

[Update at 0858 on 14 August: Chromosome answered my question. The circle is part of the WMCSM’s .5 child (note the plate to WMCSD’s left.) which makes my use of red here a bit prescient (and icky).] Usually I have no problem with Derf’s art, but I’ve been staring at White Middle Class Suburban Daughter’s […]

POLICE PWN LA TIMES, GET TED RALL FIRED…

August 10th, 2015

Newspaper owners, editors and assorted flunkies are running scared. They’re drowning in a rising tide of new media that has rendered them, at best, marginally valuable, and no step seems to extreme to keep their heads above the surface long enough to retire and run. The latest shameful, from-their-knees act, is to take a faked […]

ODE TO… ODIFEROUS REALITIES OF GETTING BY

July 13th, 2015

John, Derf, Backderf writes: I’m happy to report that Trashed is delivered and in the can. All 240 pages of it. Took a bit longer to put the finishing touches on it, as it always does, and MAN am I sick of looking at these pages, but it’s completed at last. Here’s the wraparound cover […]

I HATE MOWING GRASS…

June 28th, 2015

The mowing of lawns is the most worthless task I can think of. If not for concern that my neighbors would complain to me, or the city, about my waist-high grass, I would never mow. I’m not running a golf course here. Except to clear small areas—like the area around our picnic table and fire […]

HOW CREATIVITY REALLY WORKS…

May 31st, 2015

Creativity is hard. Really, really hard. If you’re writing/painting/sculpting/drawing/scoring ideas faster than your fingers can move, here’s a clue: you’re producing drek. Some writer—just who is a matter of debate—observed that writing was easy, you just opened a view and bled onto the paper. I think I like Derf’s graphic version better.

COMING IN OCTOBER…

March 19th, 2015

YOU MEAN LIKE THE KOCH BROTHERS*…?

March 6th, 2015

WARNING, LINK IS NSFW!** * **Although Derf is…

JE SUIS CHARLIE

January 7th, 2015

[Update at 0441 on 13 January: Derf elaborates…] Derf is far from alone…

HIERONYMUS BOSCH MEETS AMERICAN BEAUTY…

November 1st, 2014

010911.0846…

September 11th, 2014

CUE 2ND AMENDMENT SYCOPHANTS IN 3… 2…

August 15th, 2014

So where are all the patriot gun-toters? How come they’re not flocking to Fergusen like they did to Bundy’s Ranch or when they paraded around sleepy Medina, Ohio, on a Saturday morning, with ARs slung over their shoulders, terrifying shoppers and soccer moms? This is the REAL deal here, government thugs bringing the jackboot down […]

TRUE STORIES, NO. 1, COMING IN SEPTEMBER…

July 4th, 2014

[O]ne week a month was always reserved for a True Story. It was a dose of realism that gave The City its pedigree. No matter how much the strip changed over nearly a quarter century, even after I dropped almost all my original characters and morphed a silly Gen X humor strip into a savage […]

CUE DAVID BYRNE…*

June 22nd, 2014

So here we are again, debating whether to Re-re-re-invade Iraq. Hopefully Obama’s answer there will be a resounding NO…. but I’m not holding my breath. What’s remarkable to me, is the corporate news machine is wheeling out the same idiots who advocated— or, in some cases, orchestrated– the calamitous Iraq War of 2003. The very […]

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