From the Author
It is no accident that some of the most enduring symbols of American politics came from cartoonists, the Republican elephant and Democratic donkey being the best known. Surely the symbols of the next era are being drawn today--and prescient reader might even find some hints of them in these pages.
--John C. Green
, Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
As a humor columnist, I also work in the whoopee-cushion sector of journalism. So over the years, I've come to know many cartoonists, and one of my favorites, as both a professional and a guy, is Chip Bok. I met him in the early 1980's in Miami, where both he and I worked for the Miami Herald's
wonderful (and, alas, now defunct) Sunday magazine, Tropic
. For awhile, Chip drew terrific illustrations for my column, but before long his talent took him to the Akron Beacon Journal
, for whom he has been turning out wonderful work ever since.
About the Author
Chip Bok's career as an editorial cartoonist began in seventh grade math class. While attempting to draw figures in the eccentric style of Mad Magazine
cartoonist Don Martin, he realized that he had inadvertently drawn President Lyndon Johnson. His new calling led him to the University of Dayton, cement work, wholesale drug sales, newspapers in Florida, computer graphics, and since 1987, the Akron Beacon Journal
, His award-winning cartoons have since been reprinted all around the world. He often ponders the road not taken, Zamboni driver, while watering his backyard hockey rink on long winter nights at his home in Akron, where he lives with his Deb, and the two youngest of their four children.