News & Letters
In re your cartoon of 24 FEB, about the Pope's retirement:
Ha ha, another stupid & offensive cartoon. Good job.
I remember when cartoons used to be funny.
Surely not mine. - NKR
Dear Easy Reader,
I took exception to the May 12th "Making it" cartoon. The HEROIC Navy Seals that took out Bin Laden should not be the butt of any cartoon, of any kind! To infer that the Seals have nothing left to do now, except collect library fees is insulting! Every day our brave men and women go headlong into danger and many make the ultimate sacrifice. We should thank them with every breath for keeping us safe.
This kind of cartoon is why this paper is good for nothing but lining a bird cage! I don't know why I even bother to look at it any more. I can assure you that my copy will start going directly into the recycle bin ... since I don't have a bird.
THE FOLLOWING RESPONSE TO THE ABOVE LETTER RAN ONE WEEK LATER:
Dear Easy Reader,
My family viewed the May 12th "Making it" not as demeaning, but instead as a humorous view of how thoroughly serious the Navy Seals take on every operation - yes, even retrieving "Surftoons Vol. VI."
When we can no longer exercise our imaginative sense of humor, that's when America will have slammed the door on what has made our country exceptionally great during history's worst times. If the Navy Seals were ordered to retrieve a needle out of a heavily guarded haystack, their only question would probably be where and when to deliver that retrieved needle.
In re your cartoon (if that’s what you call it) of May 13th – I just have to say, that I hear, that they let women vote now? Good gads, Sir! What is this world coming to?
Christo “Head in the sand, and darn proud of it” Helblo
As a former Hermosa/Manhattan resident who had not visited SoCal for 10 years, I was very pleasantly surprised this last weekend to discover on a visit to the Beach Cities that all my very pleasant memories of the place had not been fuzzy illusions at all. As a matter of fact, it was all just as fun, energetic, and breathtaking as ever — if not more so.
Along the same lines, I was happy to see that Easy Reader — one of my favorite publications ever — is still going strong, and indeed, has even improved. [C]artoonist Keith Robinson is still creating vignettes of comic genius no less funny than that of our own late Charles Shultz here in Sonoma County....
I once heard someone asked why they support the wild African gorilla when they probably will never even see a gorilla in the wild. The person answered, “I just like knowing they’re there.” So please know that I intend to keep in touch with my old stomping grounds online via one of my favorite publications ever. I might not get down to EasyReaderLand much anymore. But I just like knowing it’s there.
Thanks, Kevin! I hope you don't mind that I edited down that second paragraph to the important stuff. - NKR
Check out Keith Robinson's photo album from the 2009 Comic-Con in San Diego here.
I just read your Comic-Con strip [July 19, 2009] and couldn’t help taking it rather personally. Since I’ve now worn out my 2nd Princess Leia slave outfit, I was wondering if I could borrow yours. You take a size 6, right?
Behind Closet Door #3
For those who think this cartoon is an exaggeration, check out the photo below of just some of the Leias who showed up on one day of Comic-Con this year. - NKR
After we posted his letter and this photo, Thomas X. e-mailed again: Well, after checking out the assortment of Leias in your photo, I guess it’s more appropriate for me to stick with my Jabba the Hutt costume. The Leia outfit is much more comfortable for doing light housework, however.
I grew up in Hermosa and have been reading your cartoons for a long time. I usually think they are funny and clever, however your recent comics of Sarah Palin [August 31, 2008; September 28, 2008] fail to bring a hint of laughter. Not that there isn't opportunity to make a joke at her expense, but you seem like you're ranting your political views in a drunken rage. I hope after the election your comics will return to the humor they once were.
Hermosa Beach, CA
I hope so, too. And I hope after the election that Sarah Palin will return to Alaska. Oops, sorry. That was the gin talking. - NKR
Every week when I get Easy Reader the first thing I look for is Making It. They are really funny because they joke about things that happen in this world. Thank you, Keith Robinson and Easy Reader, for putting it in your newspaper.
Redondo Beach, CA
We read Making It this past Sunday and were honored to be mentioned. We are most appreciative of you and your group's time spent volunteering with us.
Hope you guys come back soon!!
Aleis H. Tusa
Habitat for Humanity
New Orleans Area
The article and illustration in the Jan. 18 Easy Reader ["Bingo!" Part One and Part Two] had a classic theme of ageism that I have not seen in years.
Ageism is a bias against a person or group with the assumption of sameness due to one's age. In this case senior citizens. The illustration depicts seniors as ugly and sad women with canes and walkers acting unprofessionally. It is stereotyping beyond belief.
Let me give you the true portrait of seniors in Manhattan Beach. We seniors had long careers in government, nursing, accounting, teaching, military, communications, negotiations, real estate, entertainment, service occupations, social workers, electronics, laboratory technicians and many other distinguished occupations and careers.
We are active in our city government on commissions and committees, Friends of the Library, Leadership Manhattan Beach, League of Women Voters, Sierra Club and other local and non-local groups and organizations, social and professional.
We are active citizens who are parents, grandparents, widows, widowers, caregivers, volunteers and active in all aspects of our community.
We seniors have lived in Manhattan Beach for 40 to 50 years and, most importantly, paid taxes for all those years.
All this adds up to a very diverse and outstanding citizen group of men and women who are working hard advocating major improvements in senior projects and programs in Manhattan Beach.
For the Easy Reader to depict Manhattan seniors as shown in the illustration and in the article itself has been a great disservice and a greivous case of discrimination, namely AGEISM.
Manhattan Beach, CA
Read [the] front page article on seniors in Manhattan Beach. Very interesting. It was accompanied by a very stereotypical illustration of two old hags (women) fighting. It seems to me I read mostly of men who run the programs there and moderate its future (former councilman Walt Dougher and six others).
Yes, I too am a senior. I don't belong to either club, but I have observed a few old men with droopy pants, mixed-matched dirty shirts and pants - with stubble and nose hairs. No picture of these guys on the front page.
Manhattan Beach, CA
For two weeks now, readers have been moaning about a cartoon featuring old people as, God forbid, old. If these readers are truly that disgusted, then quit picking up the paper; but that, of course, would mean missing out on your own deluded grandstanding in the letters section. Will the nanny nation's thirst to turn everyone into mindless drones ever be quenched? Do you want freedom of the press or free dumb infotainment? I've seen cuttlefish with less sensitivity to their environment. Someday, you puritanical prudes will be forever remembered on the ash heap of political correctness. Ageism?! Here's another "ism" for ya, FASCISM!
Ignatius C. Reilly
Redondo Beach, CA
What do you think of the illustration? Post your comments on my blog, "Making Friends Through Cartooning." - NKR
I was totally disappointed with the full page cartoon on Mel Gibson. That is not in character with San Pedro Magazine. Yes, he did a very foolish and hurtful thing. It was all over the media, enough already! I ask this very important question. What does this teach our children?
San Pedro, CA
P.S. I read "somewhere"..."Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy." Words of Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:7
Keith Robinson's cartoon "Widescreen" impressed me deeply. Standing on the balcony was Normy admiring the sunset with all its natural beauty, while his friends were watching a game show depicting a young lady unfolding an expression from MAD Magazine, "What me worry." Normy, or people like him, remind me of the English poet William Wordsworth, who take time to admire Nature - what Nature offers for free. A beautiful beach sunset, a field of blooming wild mustard, or thunder flashing over downtown Los Angeles is more spectacular than a show on a widescreen television. May I suggest a poem by William Wordsworth, "The World is Too Much With Us; Late and Soon"?
Redondo Beach, CA
THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US; LATE AND SOON
by William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.
Wow! He took the words right out of Normy's mouth (especially that "bares her bosom" part)! - NKR
Yo funny man! Congrats on the dos decados ["We are 20!"]. Keep up the good work!
Thank you! And mucho gracias to everyone for reading! -- NKR
I am writing to say I think Making It did a disservice to the wired public when it equated wi-fi with "downloading porn, sending spam and identity theft" ["Wi-Fight It?"]. Wi-fi serves myriad informational purposes that further knowledge and connectivity. Besides providing governmental and legal services online (and thus promoting citizen access to our democracy), the internet connects with far-flung libraries, media, schools, travel resources, restaurants, hotels, and volunteer groups, including religious, charitable and socially-conscious organizations. Some of these organizations have no other cost-effective way through the dominant corporate mazes that control advertising and most mass media.
I personally appreciated wi-fi connections as my fiance and I moved cross-country last spring. We were delighted to find wi-fi sites where we could check in for the night, or have a meal, a snack or just a break from the asphalt miles.
I just wanted to vote in favor of more information, not less. And, say: the bad behavior of a few shouldn't stop something that is a good idea for everyone else.
Estill Springs, TN
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The only issue I have with "Same Old Shi'ite" is that Saddam was actually a Sunni. So, the title- while cute - doesn't really apply.
Estill Springs, TN
(3 minutes later)
Gee, how could I possibly have equated wi-fi with sending spam? Just kidding. Thanks for writing. And writing. And writing. And writing. -- NKR
I am very impressed with the performance you gave in Fat Albert. You especially caught my eye and that is amazing in itself because all your co-stars were wonderful. I am a student at Temple University and I was taken aback when I saw you. The movie was great, too! But of course anything Bill Cosby is associated with turns to gold, so I can't wait to see where you go in the future. I may not know you, but I'm proud of you. Keep up the good work!! You definitely made yourself a new fan.
Wow, I guess all of us Keith Robinsons do look alike. Well, thank you, and, "Hey, hey, hey!" -- NKR
Your Halloween costumes cartoon ["This Year's Halloween Costumes"] sets a new standard in how low people can really go.
Chris Reeve is barely in the grave and in the same month you attempt to laugh at his extreme disability and the fact that he is dead by suggesting it's cool to wear a ghost costume in a wheelchair as the latest halloween costume.The guy couldn't even breathe normally for nearly a decade and now that he's dead you think it's game for cheap laughs on the net?
He was a man defined by acts of bravery unlike this act... of pure cowardice.
His fan sites will know of your work now!!!!
Jeez, what kind of sicko would forward that cartoon to a Christopher Reeve fan site? -- NKR
That was brilliant ["Same Old Shi'ite"]! I'm surprised it took this long for someone to see where we're headed in Iraq. Keep up the good work!
Thomas M OHearn
Your March 25 edition [of Easy Reader], specifically the Making It cartoon ["Date Night"], was as low as apparent liberals go. You preach inclusiveness, multiculturalism, diversity, etc., but not for Christians. Christians are to be mocked, as your publication did. This was an incredible sneer at churches and parishes who regularly adverstise Easter schedules. It is a shame that such bias generates rank stupidity.
Edward J. Irwin
Huh? -- NKR
I just had to send you a quick note to thank Keith Robinson for his March 4 cartoon dealing with photo enhancement as portrayed by Hollywood ["A Personal Message..."]. He couldn't be more on target.
The ridiculous nature of the "photo enhancement" gag so often seen in movies and on TV creates physical nausea for many of us in law enforcement. As a police officer for the last 13 years, the past three as a detective, and as a photographer and computer "geek," it makes me wonder what the police consultants on such shows are doing, or if they are just being completely ignored.
We have enough problems with false expectations created by television shows that I would hope they would at least come somewhat closer to reality on this issue.
Det. Michael Rosenberger
Manhattan Beach [CA] Police Department
[Opinions expressed in this letter are those of the author and not necessarily those of the MBPD]
Responding to a March 27 article in TV Guide that called into question the accuracy of the science in CSI, the show's executive producer and technical advisor sniffed: "We never take liberties with the science." The article did not address the magical enhancement of videotapes and photographs. -- NKR
Keith Robinson said more with a few deft strokes of his pen and the spare dialogue of Normy and Silverwood ["Finis"] than a thousand of us "anti-Americans" could have said in our letters about the folly of war - especially the most recent war.
Manhattan Beach, California
Your cartoon ["Salute THIS"] was CUTE....trouble is, why would you want to throw us out...you stupid Yankees lost hundreds of thousands of men trying to keep us in! And...you don't have to throw us out....we'd gladly leave it all....tried to once! By the way....if you're at all interested in prying that closed mind of yours open and letting a little light of the truth in...might I suggest you read a book by a Northerner...."When In the Course of Human Events" by Charles Adams. You might learn a little...YOU'D probably learn a lot.
Like how to use ellipses? -- NKR
What is the criteria to get Keith Robinson to take me out, get me drunk, take me to a middle run hotel, and take serious advantage of me in the hopes that I will not remember???
Oh, you'd remember...you'd remember...-- NKR
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