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 July through September 2010 were dominated by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The area of New Orleans and Louisiana were still recovering from the Katrina hurricane of 5 years ago, and their ecology and environment took another blow from the oil spill. The illegal immigration debate continues in Arizona as SB 1070 takes effect in the state. The American middle class continues its 30 year slide, as the manufacturing and blue collar jobs that created the middle class continue to become either obsolete or out sourced. In New York City, a controversy erupts over a proposed Muslim center a few blocks away from the site of the former Twin Towers, causing a new slate of Islamophobia in the nation.
In local news, the San Jose Mercury News has a series of articles exploring the extent of corporate lobbyist influence on the representatives in the California legislature. This influence extends to writing the bills for many of the representatives, many of whom are too inexperienced due to the term limits set in place in the 1990s which eliminated many long time legislators. The home foreclosure crisis continues to be a drag on both the California and the national economy. The Congress votes to compensate Filipino World War II veterans for their service during the war. In San Francisco, a court ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional and that gay marriage was a constitutional right. This court ruling was immediately appealed, as progressive Christians fight against the homophobia within the Christian Church and clash against conservative Christians. In Fremont, the Vice Mayor proposes to extend the term limits of the City Council to 12 years. In the California Fall ballot is Proposition 23, which would effectively freeze the recent California laws to help ease climate change and decrease our dependency on fossil fuels through the promotion of alternative energy.
To view the cartoons that I’ve done for the Tri-City Voice from July to September 2010, click the dates below. The cartoon is below the crossword puzzle.
The Americans July 6, 2010
Hayward And The Natural Gas Plant July 13, 2010
NATO Contributes To The Illegal Immigration Influx July 20, 2010
Lobbyists and the California Legislature July 27, 2010
The Continuing Home Foreclosure Crisis August 3, 2010
Filipino World War II Veterans Get Compensation August 10, 2010
The Middle Class Continues To Slip August 17, 2010
The Hayward Mural Program August 24, 2010
The Fight Between Progressive and Conservative Christians Over Gay Marriage August 31, 2010
Moderate Muslims Get Harassed By Both Radical Islam and Islamophobia September 7, 2010
Extending Fremonts’ Term Limits September 14, 2010
Proposition 23 September 21, 2010
Conservative and Liberal Nightmares September 28, 2010