TV cartoon without pity.

On April 1, 2014, in TV Cartoons, by Donna Barstow

newscaster complains about bad news

Had a syndicated cartoon about television for  5 years, and have also sold to Emmy Magazine. I don’t watch that much TV, honestly! – but the TV I do watch I just love, and I almost always go over to TWOP to see what others think of it. (They usually agree with me, making me feel quite wise, and if they don’t…that’s why my keyboard has a backspace key.)

I discovered Television Without Pity after the first episode of Lost, which affected me so profoundly that I needed to connect with others, right away, to see if I was nuts to be this excited about television. For me, that’s when TV turned from good, to great. After Lost it was Prison Break, then Reaper, with a few others.

I am absolutely devastated today to discover that NBCUniversal is now dumping TV Without Pity – all the seasons, all the shows, the recaps, thousands or hundreds of thousands of perspicacious comments thrown into the trash. No archives.

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When technology wrecks a relationship.

On March 12, 2014, in Business Cartoons, by Donna Barstow

couple has fight at their wedding

















I’ve never been a fan of the common trope in cartoons, husband and wife fighting. It was overused in the 50s and 60s,  and some of the older guys still stick to it. (Wall Street Journal’s Pepper and Salt has been guilty of this for years – in fact, women hardly appeared in cartoons except as the wife, the  shrew, until a few years ago.)

But I guess I’m okay with arguments in the wedding chapel! At least over a philosophical point.

Like many New Yorker cartoons, this is kind of obscure. And I admit, I don’t know what analog means, except that it’s not digital. Has a good rhythm, though.

Speaking of technology – okay, social media -  I’ve been posting cartoon links on Reddit for the first time this year. Other artists have said Reddit is one of those very harsh sites, like Stumbleupon, who bury posters they don’t like with negative comments until the artist is voted off the island, or kicked out, or something. 

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Crows in the courtroom of the cornfield.

On March 11, 2014, in Law Cartoons, by Donna Barstow

crows in cornfield discuss no trespassing sign

Hey, is this sign legal?

Crows are one of my top 3 favorite birds: smart enough to have an actual language with their caws (thanks, Ernest Seton Thomas!), sassy (they love to drop things on your head!),  and delicious to draw.  I love to watch and photograph them.

Still, scarecrows have a job to do, too. Signs like this would put dozens of them out of work.

Actually, a lawyer friend of mine told me that many of the signs you see, such  as We’re not responsible for things you leave in your car, or If you drive the wrong way and we rip your tires open, etc, have no power at all. Anyone can claim they’re not responsible, but that doesn’t mean they’re free and clear just by saying that!

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How kids make money now.

On March 5, 2014, in Business Cartoons, by Donna Barstow

child begs for tuition money for school and college


I don’t know why I posted two cartoons of children in a row — they’re really not my favorite people. But I like this one – it’s like a Kickstarter campaign held in person, isn’t it?

Would be great to add to educational journals, business publications, textbooks, and general. Educators and teachers have the self-confidence to laugh at themselves.

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bad results from bad drugs

I took an aspirin the other day, and it’s the first time I’ve taken any medication in a few years. I don’t know if drugs work — they’re just not for me, and fortunately I seem to hang in there okay.

However, as a cartoonist, I’ve seen many many drug ads in magazines — back when there were more magazines — and of course we’ve all seen lots of medical relief ads on TV. The magazines are for a medical audience, mostly doctors, who are huge fans of cartoons…and possibly of new drugs. The drug ads are some of the most innovative, fun ones I’ve seen: the page ad is like sandpaper, or gritty, or like sugar, or reflective or pop-out or fold-out, and I think there was a small sand timer in some. Big $ spent there.

Still, I think the lay audience is more attracted towards saving some money and buying generics. And this is what you get: Scary Man.

ID #3255z        Caption: Honey, it’s not a monster. It’s Daddy’s sinuses. He went the generic way this time.(mom talking to little boy who is frightened by a terrible noise)


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