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Bearman Cartoon: Bengals Beat Steelers

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Sorry for my focus on American Football toons as of late but the Cincinnati Bengals have not beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in eight years. Sunday they finally won and my friends in Pittsburgh deserve a little payback for all the years that they beat on us.

For the uninformed, the Bengal Tiger obviously represents the bengals.  Pittsburgh fans carry en masse a towel that is printed with the words “terrible towel” to games at home and away.   The towel is now synonymous with the Steelers. 

9 29 09 Bearman Cartoon Bengal Steelers copy

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Bearman Cartoon: Part Timers

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2009 by bearmancartoons

The latest editorial cartoon was inspired by the budget issues in my home city of Cincinnati, Ohio. It seems like many cities, the economy is affecting city services. So now there is talk of having to lay off over 100 police officers.

Funny we have a part time city council and yet they continue to take over $60,000 a year in salary. I am sure there would be plenty of people willing to work full time for that kind of pay.

8 10 09 Bearman Cartoon Council Salaries copy

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Bearman Cartoon: Wizard of Odd

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Christopher Smitherman is a former Cincinnati City Council Member and the current President of the local NAACP.  As a public figure (like many others) there are many times that I agree with him and times that I don’t.  But at least I tend to understand what he is saying until I find a recent press release from the NAACP

Huh???? I don’t get it. It starts talking about the budget but then veers off into talking about the Wizard of Oz.

Here is just part of it:

Smitherman says, “Will Mayor Mallory find his ruby slippers click them 3 times and show up at the finance meeting today?”

The Cincinnati NAACP is frustrated that a Scarecrow, a Tinman, and a Cowardly Lion have not been able to find the financial yellow brick road. The Cincinnati NAACP believes that city workers who are laid off deserve severance packages based on their years of service.  “The only hope that City Council has in exercising financial responsibility is in the leadership of Toto.  This means Cincinnati is in big trouble when I am looking for Toto to lead us out of this financial mess.  The Cincinnati NAACP is very concerned that 600 city employees could loose their jobs over the next 12 months and there seems to be no leadership at City Hall for these families.  The City Manager will ask the Wizard of Oz today how he can find $125 million to fund the Cincinnati Pension by January 2010? He will ask the Wizard of Oz how he can find $28 million in 5 months for 2009?  Last but not least he will ask the Wizard of Oz how he can find $40+ million for the 2010 deficit?” Smitherman says.

Was this a reference to something that someone on Council brought up? Who is the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion or Toto? I just didn’t get it…but a couple of lines were just classic enough to make the following cartoon.

7 27 09 Bearman Cartoon Smitherman Wizard copy


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Editorial Cartoon: BERDINinG the Tax System

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Just another “only in Cincinnati” event. Cincinnati City Councilman Jeff Berding is looking at all angles to attack aggressive panhandling in the city (which I applaud).  However his latest proposed tactic (read about it here and here) would actually charge a commercial tax to the homeless who panhandle.

Then again, isn’t the government already an aggressive pandhandler???

717 09 Bearman Cartoon Berding Homeless Panhandling

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Beartoons Charity Drive

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2009 by bearmancartoons

No this isn’t one of those things where I ask you to support my site with a donation or buy raffle tickets

Readers from early on here will remember back in November I reported on some local bloggers (Cincinnati Blog and Cincinnati Beacon) throwing down challenges to other bloggers to raise money for the FreeStore FoodBank.  The FreeStore does a lot of great things locally to help families in need.

With so many people out of jobs, I have been fortunate to keep working.   So while I am by no means a rich guy, I felt it was important to do something to help others.  The FreeStore is a great beneficiary because donors tend to forget about them unless there is a holiday coming up.  So in honor of the launch of my new website URL,, and the celebration of another decade type birthday milestone this month, I am issuing this challenge to help raise money.  I will donate the indicated amount for each thing that you do in the month of June:

$10 – Add to your blog roll (for those who don’t already have it)

$10 – Blog about my challenge to your readers and link back to this entry in your post –

$2 – Follow me via TWITTER updates. (if you aren’t already)

$2 – For each Tweet that you include a link back to this challenge (once per day up to 5x)

If you add me to your blog roll, include this challenge in a post, or start following me via twitter because of this post please indicate in the comments.  If you tweet, just make sure to put @bearmancartoons somewhere in it and I’ll be able to account for it.

I am going to give a minimum of $100 so if no one takes me up on the challenge, at least someone will benefit with a maximum I am looking to do is $500, which I hope you will help me achieve.  I’ll post a weekly update of the money raised and who did what to raise the money with links back to your site if applicable.


Bearman Cartoon: Bar-Be-Q the Organist

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Its seems in the small Town of Reading, Ohio (near Cincinnati), Kenny Tessel was having trouble drawing in patrons to his barbecue restaurant (KT’s Barbecue). So he bought a busty mannequin online, named her Bar-Be (Q being her last name), put her in a baseball hat and bikini top and stuck her on the sidewalk in front of his place with a sign.

All of the sudden people were coming in for tasty ribs that hadn’t stopped before. In fact according to Kenny business was up 30%. More on the story here and here. Of course his business went up even more once a couple residents complained and the story has taken on national attention.

So I thought maybe there are other businesses that could use a jolt of new customers using this tactic and came up with my latest editorial cartoon.

5 15 09 Bearman Cartoon Mannequin copy

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Bearman Cartoon: Shadow Hare

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2009 by bearmancartoons

There is a phenomenon going on over on this side of the pond. Much like the Watchmen (see my toon if you haven’t already), there are people getting together who have no superpower, dressing up as a unique superhero and patrolling the streets. In fact there is an entire World Superhero Registry.

Cincinnati has its own resident superhero that goes by the name of SHADOW HARE. The world has been abuzz (see here, here and here) every since local reporter Eric Flack did stories on him. (See original story videos here and here). 

Superman has his Kryptonite so I figured I had to draw an editorial cartoon on what I think Shadow Hare’s nemesis would be.

5 1 09 Bearman Cartoon Shadowhare copy

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