Rob Rogers

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  1. My New Book! — Mayoral Ink

    December 2, 2015

    I am proud to announce that my new book, “Mayoral Ink: Cartooning Pittsburgh’s Mayors”, is available now!

    I have been drawing cartoons about Pittsburgh and its mayors since the mid ’80s, but I’ve only been drawing my local weekly comic strip Brewed on Grant since the ’90s. This book is my first Brewed on Grant collection.

    The local comic strip is set in a fictitious diner on Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh. Grant Street is home to the Mayor’s office, City Council Chambers, County Courthouse and the old County Jail. In other words, a lot of crazy stuff goes down on Grant Street. Brewed on Grant is by far the most popular cartoon I draw each week, especially among Pittsburgh readers.

    The book contains over 170 cartoons featuring the exploits of Richard Caliguiri, Sophie Masloff, Tom Murphy, Bob O’Connor, Luke Ravenstahl and Bill Peduto. With the exception of some early cartoons in black and white, most of the book will contain full-color cartoons. If you are not familiar with Pittsburgh politics that’s OK. Each cartoon will have a line of explanatory text to help the reader with history and context.

    The foreword was graciously provided by my good friend Lynn Cullen.

    Get your copy now! $30 includes inscription, shipping and handling.


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  2. Ted Rall Matters

    August 15, 2015

    The headline is meant to be tongue and cheek, but what happened in this story is serious.

    My friend and colleague Ted Rall​ was fired from his freelance gig of six years by the Los Angeles Times. This is particularly disturbing because of the circumstances surrounding the decision. The LAPD, who Rall had been criticizing in his cartoons, was involved in the decision to can Rall. The firing came after the LAPD provided an audio tape that allegedly disputes Rall’s claim that he was handcuffed in 2001 for jaywalking in LA. The tape is mostly unintelligible. I don’t think it should even have been considered by the LA Times. In my opinion, the LA Times should have stood up for Rall, their contributor, instead of the police. At the very least, the LA Times should have asked Ted about the incident in more detail or given the tape to an audio expert to determine if it was authentic or if more could be gleaned. It appears they did neither.

    I am a realist. If Ted Rall lied about what happened then, yes, he deserved to be fired just like Brian Williams deserved to lose his anchor job at NBC. But I have seen no proof that he lied. To me the tape is inconclusive, though both the LAPD and Rall say it proves their point. You can judge for yourselves. I have known Ted Rall for a quarter century and I have never doubted his courage or his integrity. I believe him when he says he was handcuffed. But it really isn’t about what I believe. It is about the LA Times believing the LAPD’s version of the story over Ted’s without so much as a call or an investigation into the charges.

    Newspapers are fading and cartoonist jobs, even freelance jobs, are going away with them. That is why this story is important. It speaks to the integrity of journalism, satire and the word of a major newspaper. If Rall had been cut for budgetary reasons the cartooning community would have mourned the loss of another paying gig and moved on. That isn’t what happened here. Ted’s cartoons hit a nerve and the LAPD hit back and Ted paid the price.

    Any cartoonist worth his or her salt has garnered criticism from the local police for their cartoons. That is part of our job description. It shouldn’t be cause for firing.

    For more details or to hear the audiotape go to Ted’s blog:

    http://rall.com/2015/08/14/overview-about-my-firing-by-the-la-times-as-a-favor-to-the-lapd

  3. Best Comic Artist 2013!

    October 16, 2013

    I am honored to have been voted Pittsburgh’s Best Comic Artist for 2013 in the The Pittsburgh City Paper Best of list. Thanks to all who voted for me. I am humbled to be in the company of my buds Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg!

    Best of Pittsburgh 2013

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