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 April through June 2010 were dominated by news of the economy and the growing influence of the Tea Party in American politics. Republicans continue to oppose most of President Obama’s initiatives, although Republican Scott Brown joined with the Senate Democrats in passing a financial reform bill. The Tea Party continues to feed off of the anger of the general population over bailouts of bankers and Wall Street and fears that the industrial and manufacturing jobs that have been lost during the recession may never come back. In Arizona, SB 1070 passes, igniting a national debate on illegal immigration.
In local news, a proposition passes that commits money to create a football stadium in a section of Santa Clara that is already choke full of traffic. California voters do not pass Proposition 16, which would’ve given PG & E more of a monopoly of California energy. The cities of Newark and Union City propose to combine their fire departments to save money when both cities’ budgets are severely strained. A recent spate of violence occurs in the Bay Area against Asian Americans, causing concern. And the California governor’s race begins, as candidate Meg Whitman wins the Republican nomination and Attorney General Jerry Brown wins the Democratic nomination.
To view the cartoons that I’ve done for the Tri-City Voice from April to June 2010, click the dates below. The cartoon is below the crossword puzzle.
Getting Rid Of The Moderates April 7, 2010
Overwhelmed By Niner Fans April 14, 2010
Newark and Union City Combine Their Fire Departments April 21, 2010
Resentment Over The Bailouts April 27, 2010
Bigotry May 4, 2010
Driving Illegal Immigrants Underground May 11, 2010
The Trouble With Current Energy Dependency May 18, 2010
PG & E and Proposition 16 May 25, 2010
Illegal Immigrants Caught In The Middle Of The War Between Drug Dealers And The Police June 1, 2010
Money And The Elections June 8, 2010
The Road Of The Illegal Immigrant June 15, 2010
The World Cup June 22, 2010
Anti-Japanese American Hysteria In World War II and Islamophobia Today June 29, 2010