Friday, November 16, 2007

Reason #7483 not to live in Detroit

Gas Station Owner Kills Rival in Gas Price Fight

What happened to you Frank?

Image from Comic Book Resources

So "the Goddamn Batman" writer Frank Miller is directing the new Spirt movie staring Gabriel Macht...fine.

The over-used and increasing tiring Eva Mendes is playing femme fatale Sand Saref...whatever.

So why on gods green earth is Frank Miller directing in front of a green screen for?!?!?! Doesn't The Spirit take place in a noirish urban landscape? Do we really need Lucas-like special effects on this one?!?! Can't we film it in New York City, as this quote would indicate:

There is one very specific aspect of Will Eisner's "The Spirit" that Miller was most keen to translate accurately into the film, but it's not a tiny one. "That would be the passion that Will and I always shared for New York City," Miller confessed. "You'll see some very familiar touches that come from Will Eisner and come from the city we both love."

I guess Miller trying to trudge out the style of Sin City. Hopefully, Frank did a better job on The Spirit screenplay that he did adapting his own material for the screen.

Then again, we are talking about the well-respect hack writer of "The Dark Knight Strikes Again" and "All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder", so I think I'll keep my hopes down...

On set with Frank Miller and "Will Eisner's The Spirit"
Comic Book Resources

Adrian Tomine

Los Angeles City Beat has done a short piece on Adrian Tomine, author and illustrator of one of my favorite comic books, "Optic Nerve" by Drawn & Quarterly. Drawn & Quarterly has a mini Shortcomings site located on their website. It's worth checking out.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

“Even since I was a teenager doing these little mini-comics out of my parents’ house, I would get these totally divergent and sort of irreconcilable opinions of my work,” says graphic novelist Adrian Tomine. “It would be, like, ‘You’re great; you’ve got a lot of potential,’ or ‘Give up; you suck!’”

Go check it out here.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A-Rod in NY?

After reading about Alex Rodriguez's new contract agreement with the New York Yankees (behind the back of his agent, Scott Boras), I thought of doing a cartoon with Tiffany Pollard, aka New York from the VH1 show 'I love New York,'

I drew it, but I think it's sort-of stale, and really doesn't say much. I think the gag could be funny, but not like this.

And, in lieu of Bond's indictment, a previous cartoon I did does a much better job of juxtaposing the two:

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The Hillary and Bill Show

Tonight, CNN hosts the latest Democratic Presidential Debate, this time at University of Nevada at Las Vegas. With Hillary flip-flopping in the issue of giving illegal immigrants driver's licenses, and Bill protecting her from "the boys," it should be interesting.

Which might be a first...

Here's the sketch:

Baldacci's Monster

Consolidation is a big issue in Maine. Governor Baldacci wants to take the 296 existing school districts and reduce them down to...26. Quite a task for someone elected with 38% of the vote.

And 296 school districts? Man, I thought New Jersey was bad!

Here's the sketch:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Corzine vetoes common sense

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Here's the sketch:

Corzine blocks digital tax breaks
Philadelphia Inquirer

Corzine wants New Jersey Internet tax break plan reworked
Asbury Park Press

Corzine's progress report

Here's my latest toon for PolitickerNJ. Drop me a line there and let me know what you think about the progress of our wonderful Governor.

Here's the sketch:

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Top Gear- the BEST show on cable!!!

Enjoy a little bit of CAR SOCCER from the guys over at Top Gear.

"Doorball! That's not allowed!"

Monday, November 12, 2007

Katz is talking...again

Everyone's favorite labor leader and ex-governor's fling Carla Katz has begun a new blog today over at PolitickerNJ. She tackles New Jersey's civil union law, its omission of the 'M' word, and criticizes her ex-fling Corzine along the way. It's good, but I want more Margolin bashing!!!

I did a cartoon a while back for the Press about our little heiress.

rob tornoe, tornoe, political cartoon, press of atlantic city, carla katz, jon corzine

I bet Dana McGreevey wishes she could trade places with Carla. Not only is she scarred from her ex's rest-stop rhomps that Larry Craig only wishes he could be part of, she can't even squeeze any money from the louse. Meanwhile, Carla's swimming in it.

Senator Cruella

Just thought you guys might like to check out my first cartoon for PolitickerME, sister site of PolitickerNJ, where my cartoons already appear weekly. So I hope you enjoy it, even if you have no interest at all in Maine politics. Pass it to a friend that lives up there :)

Here's the sketch:

Sunday, November 11, 2007