I think, therefore I toon…
Link to: EdenPoliticalCartoons.com
David Eden resides near Dallas, married to Diane and is a father of five. A self-employed muralist, his biz is Eden Signs & Murals. Dave was born in New Lenox, IL; studied art at Illinois State University and has been involved in some form of creative expression all his life. He’s been a college athlete, a radical hippie, a rock drummer, a billboard painter and a pastor. He’s also an author, a songwriter and involved in Christian children’s ministry.
Dave grew up laughing and drawing. As a kid, he loved copying the Sunday funnies. His faves were Alley Oop, Lil’ Abner & Beetle Bailey. Dave’s simple cartooning style reflects the influence of his lifelong favorite, Charles Shultz’s (Peanuts). His values and observations reflect his deep Christian faith and his conservative worldview. Dave’s cartoon tastes today: Calvin & Hobbs, Farside, Gilbert, BC. His favorite political cartoonist is Michael Ramirez.
Dave says: “Most of today’s agonizing political and spiritual conflicts are no laughing matter, but more a cause for tears and prayer.” But Dave believes that “if we could see the lighter side – of our own views and of our opponents, with good cheer, it might spark deeper understanding and honest debate.”
Press Release: (retro)
Dallas, TX ; On October 22, 2008 David Eden launched his political cartoon blog. A “compassionate conservative”, Dave’s satire is sometimes controversial, but always insightful in the rich tradition of the American cartoonist. He began by posting a free, weekly cartoon. His goals were to inspire visitor’s comments, offer his cartoons for use by other like-minded groups and hopefully impact the culture.
Mr. Eden’s cartoons have appeared in local papers and several news sites – such as The Dallas Morning News, The Wylie News, The Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, OneNewsNow.com, Christian Action League, Allright Magazine and others.
In response to the cancellation of one of his cartoons, Dave observes: “We live in a culture that has devolved into such political correctness that we can’t even have some fun, satirical debate. If satire has come under such social scrutiny– then debate, and democracy, is dying.”
This, in part, is what inspired Dave to launch out with his own cartoon blog, where he would have the freedom to share his own opinions and to interact with readers, whether friends or foes. So, whether discussing the family, the media, politics or life– sparks from the cartoonist and readers should prove to be enlightening and incendiary.
Dave also reflects: “Maybe I shouldn’t be as bombastic in my portrayals. You can create too adversarial a climate, and that kills debate; or be too timid, and that shelters people from any kind of censure or growth. You walk the line. Someone might actually change– if there was some pointed but friendly conversation going on.”
And so, let the toons and the talk commence!