Cartoons for the Tri-City Voice January to March 2009

On April 9, 2008, I began to do cartoons for the Tri-City Voice, a newspaper that covers the Milpitas, Fremont, and Union City areas in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s been a dream come true for me to be a published cartoonist and I’ve really enjoyed thinking up of cartoons each week. Most of my cartoons are political cartoons, but I occassionally do cartoons of the local Bay Area scene and cartoons for the holidays.

During the first 3 months of 2009, the biggest news was that Barack Obama was inaugurated as our first African American President. The economy kept on its downward spiral. In response, the federal government authorized a $700 billion stimulus package, to stabilize the banks, to start public works programs, and to help states who were facing shortfalls in their budgets. For several weeks, the Israelis and Hamas battled in Gaza, as many innocent lives were caught in the crossfire. Meanwhile, in Oakland, several passengers in a Bart train took pictures of a security guard killing Oscar Gant. California braced for another year of drought as the winter rains once again fell short of what the state needed.

To view the cartoons that I’ve done for the Tri-City Voice from January to March 2009, click the dates below. The cartoon is below the crossword puzzle.

In China We Trust March 25, 2009
Drug Addiction March 18, 2009
The California Drought March 11, 2009
Obama’s Housing Plan March 4, 2009
News of Jessica Simpson February 25, 2009
The Federal Stimulus February 18, 2009
The Federal Stimulus From Two Viewpoints February 11, 2009
Hillary Diplomacy February 4, 2009
Bart Security January 28, 2009
Obama Inaugural January 21, 2009
Brokering Peace Between the Israelis and Palestinians January 14, 2009
Winter Sleep January 7, 2009


About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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