Below is the latest The Pain -- When Will It End?
Updated 6/30/04

Artist's Statement

There is a sense in which this cartoon reflects a more tender sensibility than my usual work--a regret at the deterioration of civility in public discourse. This is because the idea for this cartoon was entirely my friend Dave Dudley's; I just thought up the individual panels. Dave lives in Ithaca, New York, surrounded by granola hippies whose uncrticial acceptance of dumb ideas and crappy art is threatening to leave him almost as embittered and cynical as I am. I finished this cartoon in a hurry as Dave Israel and I were about to embark on our book tour, so it has two or three fewer panels than it really should. Dave Dudley really wanted to see a panel of two dogs sniffing each other's butts on the sidewalk and thinking, "Fuck You!"

It is only an astonishing coincidence, or else an eerie example of cartoon voodoo, that this happens to run the same week that Vice President Dick Cheney told Senator Patrick Leahy to go fuck himself. This news cheers me. I see it as an indicator of the level of anger and frustration and defensiveness, the seige mentality, that must prevail in the White House as their administration crumbles around them. Fuck them. Yes--fuck them all.


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