Archive for December, 2009

Top Posts of the Year

Posted in News with tags , , , on December 31, 2009 by bearmancartoons

There are plenty of top lists going around this time of year. Too many are subjective. I give you the most objective one yet because it is based on data. Plus I top it off with interesting facts like there with only one exception, there were no commenters in 2008 who stuck around in 2009. That sole exception was Michael who does the Unemployed Dad webcomic who pays a vist every so often. 

The top 10 based on views of 2009

  1. Bearman Cartoon: Swine Flu
  2. Marge Simpson Playboy Centerfold Pictorial
  3. Bearman Cartoon: Obama bows to Emperor
  4. Bearman Cartoon: Swine Flu 2
  5. Help make Marie Flanders the Newest Character on the Simpsons
  6. Bearman Cartoon: 2012 and the End of Day
  7. Create Cartoon Characters of Yourself
  8. Oktoberfest T-shirt
  9. Bearman Cartoon: Obama wins Peace Prize?
  10. Bearman Cartoon: Bengals Beat Steelers

Now most of you didn’t find me until later in the year so not surprising the most commented posts came from the second half.

  1. Celebrity Death Panel Part 6
  2. Editorial Cartoon Caption Contest
  3. Vanity License Plate
  4. Marge Simpson Playboy Centerfold
  5. Bearman Cartoon: Kanye West

And Finally the Top Five Commenters of 2009. 

  1. The Friggin Loon
  2. George Ford
  3. Jammer
  4. Robert Mateicek
  5. Lynn

Thanks to all of you for your support in 2009.  Hope I don’t scare you off in 2010.  And feel free to fight for the top five commenters spot for next year.

Coffee, Tea or Depends

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by bearmancartoons

I worked on this editorial cartoon before I read that they are pulling back on the regulations but it still is a harsh reminder of how the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) can have a knee jerk reaction.

After the failed terror attempt on a Northwest Flight last week the following regulations went into effect for international flights:

  • Limiting international passengers to a single carry-on bag
  • Second-round security checks, including manual pat downs and body searches
  • On certain flights, disabling the map showing the plane’s progress and location
  • Prohibiting passengers from having blankets or pillows in their laps for the last hour of the flight
  • Requiring passengers to remain seated for the last hour of the flight
  • Now I have no problem with any of those things to promote security EXCEPT for the last one.  It is at the point in  the flight that they say I can’t get up for the bathroom, that I tend to always have to go.  There were domestic flights that I took after 9/11 that they told us we would not be able to get up during the flight (less than 2 hours) so we had better go to the bathroom before boarding.  Of course that was after I chugged a bottle of water.

    When those of us with weak bladders and spastic colons are hindered in our ability to go when needed, then and only then have the terrorists really won.

    12 28 09 Bearman Cartoon Airline Security

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    Guest Cartoon: Calamities of Nature

    Posted in Guest Cartoon with tags , , , , , on December 29, 2009 by bearmancartoons

    Head over to Tony Piro’s Calamities of Nature to see my guest cartoon that I did for his contest.  My topic was about 2012 and the end of the Mayan Calendar.

    I wasn’t a winner by a long shot but Tony felt shamed into posting my cartoon anyway since I took the time to enter.  🙂

    I’ll post it here in a few days.

    ALSO

    I don’t know how she found it but Midwest Mom over at hmmm-sweet-splendid-wisdom has found a picture of me and posted it on her site.  Go check it out here.

    Bear Webcomics

    Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2009 by bearmancartoons

    Given that many a folk will shorten my name, Bearman, to just the friendly “Bear”, I thought I would honor all those that I know of with webcomics that include the word “bear” or have main characters that have a bear.  Anyone have or know of any missing, let me know.

    First I want to highlight two frequent commenters here:

    Unbearable Bears Presents by David LaMason – Oskar the Bear stars along with his bird friend Bainbridge and their musings on life in the woods.

    Arctic Blast by Alfred Laird – comic based on the friendship of a Polar Bear, Seal, Inuit and a lost Flamingo and the adventures they find themselves involved in

    Others I follow:

    Ice Cubes Comics  by Leroy Brown with Pekinpaw the Polar Bear
    Imagine This by Lucas Turnbloom with the “cute” Teddy Bear Clovis
    Bear Nuts by Alison Acton

    And others I found.
    Bear and Tiger
    Wally and Osborne
    Bear vs Zombies

    Bennie and Boone
    The Devil Bear

    Bearman Cartoon: Mom’s Christmas Gifts

    Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2009 by bearmancartoons

    Do you moms out there ever get anything they really want?

    12 26 09 Bearman Cartoon Moms Christmas Gift

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    Merry Christmas

    Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , on December 25, 2009 by bearmancartoons

    Merry Christmas

    First off, I want to say Congratulations to Danica for winning the Editorial cartoon caption contest.  Danica email me (see email address above in the header) and let me know if you want something from WackSack.com or the signed artwork.  Here is the winning entry.

    12 25 09 Bearman Cartoon Happy PC Holidays

    Secondly, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  I know we don’t all celebrate it but in the spirit of the day, I want to give thanks to all of you who have supported me over the last year.

    I have said over and over, that it is great to have people follow you on tweets and yes I get excited when my website gets a new high in visitors.  But to me the greatest value I get out of doing this is the interaction that each of you give.  Putting up with my haphazard postings and times away due to work or because I am hauling my fat ass to the gym, you continue to come back.  Hopefully I was able to show the same courtesy to all of my frequent commenters.

    It can take me an hour to get through all your posts in a day at times (an hour that I could have been drawing a new cartoon) but I think visiting and supporting you as well is just as important as me getting up a new MARGE SIMPSON NAKED image (sorry couldn’t resist getting some hits from the toon porn freaks).

    The only thing that could make things better is if next year, you bring a friend and I double the number of commenters.  Crap, then I’ll never have time to respond.  Hope everyone has a safe holiday and an even better 2010.

    Looking forward to it.

    Addanac City Christmas Cartoon

    Posted in Cool Stuff with tags , , , , on December 23, 2009 by bearmancartoons

    So my friend George over at Addanac City Cartoon has been doing a story arc about Christmas. He promised on Christmas Day to have a “gigantic” 24 panel cartoon and even posted a teaser. 

    Here was our back and forth on his blog:

    Bearman:  I have now successfully blown up your Christmas Day cartoon and posted it early on my site. HA HA HA..  I feel like the guy that sells DVDs of movies that haven’t even come out yet. 
    George: You bootleggers and your fancy contraptions. You got a free visit from me just checking to see if you did so. 😀 .  You sneaky sonuvagun. 🙂
    Bearman:  I don’t want to get missed in your rounds so I need to be sneaky that way. 
    George: Actually, that was pretty ingenious of you. 😀 

    Well to really screw with George, I thought, why not just go ahead and do it.

    Below you will see the image that George posted.  Click on the smaller image to see the Addanac City Christmas spectacular enlarged in all its glory a day earlier than what you will see on his site.