Despite the seemingly ghoulish quality of today's Hope n' Change cartoon (which is not a weekend repeat), there's actually a sweet sentiment at its dark little heart.
Because today, I wanted to celebrate my own dear father - gone for five long years now - and decided to do so by making a cartoon out of one of his illustrations.
My Dad was the funniest and most creative man I've ever known (or expect to know). He was a celebrated fine artist, a brilliant writer, a ceaselessly creative inventor, and an incredible cartoonist. Boy, do I miss him.
Many of my father's cartoons were darkly funny in an "Addams Family" vein... and anyone who's read my "Johnny Optimism" strips will note that the twisted twig didn't fall far from the blighted tree.
My Dad didn't care much about politics...but he would have loved getting his work on the Internet for lots of cartoon-loving readers to see. And now he has!
So Happy Father's Day, Pa...and a very Happy Father's Day to everyone in my extended Hope n' Change family!