Cartoons for the Tri-City Voice January to March 2010

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.

The months of January through March 2010 were dominated by news of the economy and the health care reform debate. In the beginning of the year, a climate control conference took place in Copenhagen, with few concrete results to help curb the global warming crisis. In Massachussetts, the Tea Party movement played a large hand in electing Scott Brown in Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat, taking away the Democrats filibuster-proof Senate. The Supreme Court ruled that corporations are allowed to contribute an unlimited amount of money in elections. The Tea Party continues its argument for a roll back in government.

In local news, the NUMMI car plant in Fremont is about to close, affecting the livelihoods of thousands in the surrounding areas. Unemployment continues to be high in the region, despite profits from major tech companies like Apple and Google. A former Fremont mayor suggests that Fremont, Sunol, and Union City combine into one city to cut expenses and ease the budget problems of the three cities. Tim Lincecum, the Giants star pitcher, signs a multi-million dollar contract. The state of California continues to have budget problems. And the California governor’s race begins, as candidate Meg Whitman rolls out a series of negative ads against her opponent Steve Poizner in the Republican primaries.

To view the cartoons that I’ve done for the Tri-City Voice from January through March 2010, click the dates below. The cartoon is below the crossword puzzle.

NUMMI Closes Down March 31, 2010
Whitman versus Poizner March 24, 2010
Arguing about Government and the Economy March 17, 2010
Balancing California’s Budget March 10, 2010
Lincecum’s New Pitching Mound March 3, 2010
Palin Reading Other Palms February 24, 2010
Combining Fremont, Union City and Sunol into One City February 17, 2010
A Supreme Court Ruling on Corporate Spending February 10, 2010
Brown’s Victory in Massachussetts February 3, 2010
A Gay Marriage Trial in San Francisco January 27, 2010
The Nummi Plant Closing and the Oakland A’s January 20,2010
The Newark Budget Deficit and Measure L January 13, 2010
Global Warming Hits the North Pole January 6, 2010


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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