This Week's Troubletown: Dissing the Base
If you were one of the hundreds of viewers of my show, Dangle on Deadline, this morning at five am, you know how far behind the eight ball I was trying to get this cartoon done in time. By seven-thirty I was sweating bullets, feeling the heat, staring into the void with the very real fear that I was going to fail. The drama was overwhelming. The anguish was palpable. This is what the people tune in for.
I had another cartoon going, but at the last possible moment I made a switch to this idea, which was burning a hole in the back of my brain. I knew I had to somehow work Obama's dissing of his base into a story but it just wasn't coming, so I went at it straight on, which is sometimes the best. Then of course it took me about eight tries to nail the caricature of our president. One came out looking like a werewolf, one he looked like a dog, finally I got one that I could live with. It's not the best Obama but believe me I was up against it. I colored the cartoon and posted it to my ftp site at exactly ten am. Another deadline met without a second to spare!