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    It’s not very often I do two cartoons in a row on the same topic, but this on-going war of words between Indiana and Connecticut is too much to ignore and it’s making me laugh in its absurdity. We in the Northeast are all too familiar with Gov. Malloy’s feud with Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. And Christie is the kind of guy who gives as good as he gets. Now, Indiana folks are getting an idea of our governor’s shoot-from-the-mouth style. His nickname here is “The Porcupine” because he’s so prickly. Actually, he gave himself that nickname last year during his re-election campaign. I was tempted to draw Gov. Malloy as a porcupine instead of a roadrunner, but folks outside Connecticut wouldn’t get the reference. Also, everybody in the world knows the silliness and futility of the battles those two cartoon characters had in the Warner Brothers cartoons. I had lunch with Chuck Jones once at the Mark Twain House and Museum. He was the legendary animator who created and directed most of the Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner cartoon shorts. I asked him what he thought of another classic animated series, “The Simpsons,” knowing that being of the World War II generation, he probably didn’t like the crudeness of the gags. His criticism surprised me and had nothing to do with gags. He said the animators were just illustrating the script, that we should be able to know what the story was about with the sound off. An interesting take from an old master.
  • Mailbag: Protect the rabbit statues from the City Council

    We would like to defend the bunny rabbits in civic center park. Many, many people like us love these concrete cottontails and enjoy seeing them as we drive by. They bring a smile to our faces and a lift to our days. All the children who come by these...

    PEN auction features authors' notes on first editions

    PEN auction features authors' notes on first editions
    Collectors of first editions ordinarily would steer clear of books marked up and full of scribbled notes — but it depends who's doing the scribbling. For the 75 books on auction at the PEN American Center's "First Editions/Second Thoughts," they may...

    Commentary: Chuck Jones knew creativity could unlock the mind

    Mom might have told you that cartoons will rot your brain, but Chuck Jones knew otherwise. The creator of the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian and so many other Looney Tunes pals, Jones used his creativity and his wit to stay eternally young...

    Zombie Master George A. Romero visits Chicago for Flashback Weekend

    Zombie Master George A. Romero visits Chicago for Flashback Weekend
    Before Robert Kirkman ever imagined the world of "The Walking Dead," the undead were brought to life by visionary director George A. Romero in "Night of the Living Dead." The classic horror film would launch an entire genre and inspire countless...