Cartoons, cartoons, cartoons.... John Crowther's Cartoon Odyssey

I think of it as The Fool's Journey. I've been asked who the "fool" is. It's me, but in the classical sense of the court jester. Only the fool was allowed to tell the king of his follies. All cartoons are available as prints or originals, framed or unframed, through my website or e-mail. For mugs, t-shirts, and other products visit my gift shop at* (be sure to include the *).

Monday, May 31, 2010

Oil Shook Up

What scares the crap out of me is when BP says that some plan isn't working so they're going to try something else. Hey, the first thing they try is the thing they think will work best, right? So the next thing on the list is something they don't think will work as well as the flopola they tried first. We're in a world of hurt, folks.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Any Port In a Storm

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mother's Daze

Had to share a delicious story that was in this morning's L.A. Times. Seems a bank was robbed overnight after a policeman gave cups of drug-laced tea to the security guards. "The policeman," the story concluded, "is missing." Duh.

Friday, May 28, 2010


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Oil Alone

A half century ago a gusher was a good thing. Now its another milestone on humanity's plunge toward extinction. Oops. did I say that? I meant enrichment. Or not.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Way the World Spins

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Having a Ball

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Blame Game

Another milestone has come and gone. Today's post is The Fool's one thousand three hundred and first without missing a day. That's a lot of pencils and pens.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Immaculate Destruction

Which brings up the question, what according to Miss VerPlanck would be an acceptable reason for beating up on Leonard?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Gone With the Wind

Three deaf men met up. "Is it going to be windy tomorrow?" the first asked. "No, Thursday," the second replied. "I'm thirsty too," said the third, "let's get a drink."

Friday, May 21, 2010

Whine Appreciation 101

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Keep In Touch

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

In the Cards

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Undo Others Before They Undo You

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wagging the Tale

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Guilty Pleasures

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Inside the Box

We take it for granted nowadays that public figures can be misinformed dolts, but it's a matter of faith that "great men" from the past were fonts of knowledge and wisdom. And then I read that Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: "The first farmer was the first man and all historic nobility rests on possession and use of the land." The second man, I guess, was a warrior whose nobility rested on taking away someone else's land.

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Art of Fine Whining

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Little Ow-ie

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's All In Your Head

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sea No Evil

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hilarity Is the Mother of Invention

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Art For Pete's Sake

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Casting Cull

The story goes that back in the 50's Dick Cavett, then an aspiring actor, was auditioning for a Broadway play. As he walked onstage the director, well-known as a star of London and New York theatre, called out from the darkened auditorium, "What's your name?" "Dick Cavett," replied the man who would later become a host of talk-radio. "What's yours?" "Maurice Evans," the answer came back, in a chilly and clipped British accent. "Next."

Friday, May 07, 2010

Money Makes the World Go Round

The news this morning is filled with accounts of yesterday's stock market meltdown and partial recovery, but to me the even bigger news is that scientists have now determined that, contrary to previously held convictions, Neanderthals and our early human ancestors intermingled, the result being that today most of us carry around Neanderthal genomes. I find this thrilling, not because it might explain some of my more boorish behavior but because it's something I've always been convinced of.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

A Dirty Story

Psycho-ceramic (sy'ko-ser-a'-mick), n, a crackpot.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Thanks For the Memories

"All men seek the society of those who think and act somewhat like themselves." William Cobbett, Advice to Young Men, 1829. And, so, for that matter, do chimpanzees.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Open Wide

"If you mean to keep as well as possible, the less you think about your health the better." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Over the Teacups, 1891.