What used to get us in trouble


Remember back in grade school? Yeah, it is kind of tough, isn’t it? But let’s pretend you remember.

Back then, if you drew someone with a distorted face, or made fun of a hair style or prominent feature, you used to get in trouble. You were being cruel. You were an insensitive oaf who should be punished or shunned or something.

But this weekend, a bunch of guys came to our town and did just that. And they didn’t even get yelled at! They were in town to support the Wyakin Warrior Foundation and on Saturday they drew for a couple dozen veterans and their families in advance of the annual Guardian Ball.

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They drew people with big noses and swollen jowls. They distorted beards and eye glasses. Apparently they never grew up hearing that it is not nice to make fun of people.

And you know what? They did it again that night during the fancy black tie dinner. Twice.

Well, in case Mrs. Gearhart from O’Day Elementary is listening, here are the guys who did it.

Todd Clark, Lola
Paul Combs, Drawn By Fire
Bruce Higdon, Punderstatements (and sore loser after the Army Navy game)
T Lewis, Over the Hedge
Steve Moore, In the Bleachers
Jeff Myers, director and artist of feature animated films (The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill, etc.)
Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine
Tom Richmond, MAD Magazine and President of the National Cartoonists Society
Ed Steckley, Illustrator
Sam Viviano, Art Director, MAD Magazine

That’s right, I ratted them out. And although they dedicated a ton of their own time to supporting the wounded, injured and ill veterans in the program, I can only cover for them for so long. Especially since the night before, they scribbled graffiti all over the wall of one of the organization’s founders.

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You can’t take these guys anywhere.

For the record, I have no idea who drew the Chief Warrant Officer on Marv’s wall.

I swear, Mrs. Gearhart.


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