Archive for December, 2008

Retro Bearman Cartoon: New Year’s Optimist

Posted in Retro Beartoons with tags , , , , on December 30, 2008 by bearmancartoons

I drew this cartoon last year at this time for what had by that time unfortunately became the defunct experiment of The Cincinnati Beacon website to create a monthly print edition.

Looking back, it is amazing how much worse 2008 really was compared to 2007 for many. But I am still thankful for many things as we go into 2009. May you all have a healthy, happy, and employed 2009.

New Years Optimist

Time Magazine Top 10 Editorial Cartoons of 2008 Sucks

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on December 24, 2008 by bearmancartoons

Editorial cartoonists are up in arms with Time Magazine’s list of the Top 10 Editorial Cartoons of 2008.

Michael Cavna of the Washington Post thinks that the selection was made with their eyes closed. And Association of American Editorial Cartoonists president Ted Rall even fired off a letter to Time Magazine showing his own disgust saying “In 2008 hundreds of brilliant political cartoonists produced thousands of hard-hitting, thought-provoking and hilarious cartoons…and all you could come up with was this phoned-in crap?”

Now looking through the Time list, I would have to agree that most of the selections I wouldn’t include in a top 100 of my own list. And this is coming from someone who thinks his own stuff is mediocre at best.

But I find it amusing how invested people get in others “Best of” lists. Someone even suggested that the AAEC create their own best of list.

Here is how I responded:

“what I was thinking was to submit a list of the 10 best editorial cartoons to Huffpost.”

And what makes you think your picks would be any less biased? Any top 10 list I have ever seen is full of crap and obviously biased or not well thought out. I just read Entertainment Weekly where they list the “Top Ten Most Notable Events of 2008″ Three of them are movie premieres. Seriously, the premiere of Sex and the City is one of the top ten of 2008?

Even if you post nominees and have people vote, what you end up with is still not the best. ie. Just because someone wins American Idol doesn’t make them the best singer in the competition.

Maybe it’s that people get hung up on the terminology that if someone creates a best of list that it is absolute and therefore insulting to anyone not on the list. Instead, maybe you create a post of “Ten Editorial Cartoons of 2008 that I Liked Best”

Maybe instead of Best of Lists, people should start creating Worst of Lists. I can’t see anyone complaining that they didn’t make the list.

Bearman Cartoon: Congressional Raises

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2008 by bearmancartoons

Once again Congress will allow themselves a “cost of living” increase while their approval ratings and the economy are in the tank. This cartoon pretty much sums up the attitude.

12 22 08 Bearman Cartoon Congressional Raise copy

Bearman Cartoon: Marvin Lewis & the Press

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2008 by bearmancartoons

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis got into a tiff about the team’s performance with a local Cincinnati Enquirer reporter at his weekly press conference.   At one point he told the reporter he wasn’t going to respond to his questions.

12 18 08 Bearman Cartoon Cincinnati Bengals Marvin Lewis

Pulitzer Online Noms Follow Up Post

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on December 16, 2008 by bearmancartoons

Last week I created this blog entry discussing how the Pulitzer organization is now accepting online newspapers for consideration of their coveted award.

Well since then I received an email from Simon Owens of (it’s not some sex site, you dirty minded people) He wrote this article for that has more details. In it he speaks with Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler, as well as editors from Slate and