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The Road to Losertown

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This is a video I did for my friend Jeff Barton who ran and lost for Hays County Judge here in Texas.   It’s one of those things that seems like a great idea until you’re up at 3 in morning for days on end trying to get it done.  I kid.

Sort of.

It’s very inside baseball.  So here’s some backstory bullet points for those of you not fortunate enough to follow the internecine affairs of Hays Country politics

Jeff comes from a politically progressive family.

His dad is a former State Representative.

His mom is a Jungian psychologist.

His son just got back from a semester abroad in Argentina.

His daughter pole vaults.

During the campaign a smear was floated by the opposition that Jeff was estranged from his sister.

Jeff does not have a sister.

Jeff was fired as editor of the Baylor Lariat in 1980 when Playboy came to shoot nude photos of coeds.

Jeff isn’t a furry.  But then again, how well do we really know our friends.

Jeff ran for Country Commissioner against the reincarnation of Edith Hamilton.   Really.

Jeff was defeated this November along with every opposed Democrat (new or incumbent) in Hays County due to Republican straight party voting.

Jeff’s campaign slogan was:  Building Bridges.

Jeff’s a great guy with a great family and I’m honored to be his friend.

And yes, I owe Jeff money.



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Live Nude Baptists

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Here’s another short film I did for Babelgum in which I recount my student cartooning days at Baylor University and the time when Playboy came to shoot Girls of the Southwest Conference.

Playboy coming to Baylor was big news for the student newspaper The Lariat where my friends and I all worked. We became embroiled in a test of wills over whether a student newspaper at a private college had the right to editorialize that adult women should be able to do adult things.  It doesn’t.

Scholarships were yanked and we were told we would be happier elsewhere.  Those of us not graduating packed up and headed to Austin and the University of Texas where we were hailed as conquering heroes.

For about a day and a half.

It was a important lesson in real politics at a young age.  Baylor never cared about Playboy or bare breasted Baptists.  By shutting down The Lariat and encouraging publicity from Newsweek to The Washington Post, they were sending a loud and clear message to Baptist fundamentalists who were threatening to take over the Board of Regents.   The message was, “See, we have a handle on this place. We can get medieval on these sorry heathen student journalist asses. So, no need to worry about this place becoming Sodom and Gomorrah on the Brazos.”

For me, the whole thing was a clear sign from God that I become a cartoonist.  And I always listen to God.  Especially when he speaks to me through Lisa Welch, Miss September 1980.  Her turn-ons include: sexy men, fireplaces, sunny days at the beach and cartoonist.*

*Lisa didn’t actually write that. But I could see it her eyes — eyes that looked directly and only at me.

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