These two started appearing in my political cartoons some
years ago, as my gay everycouple...cartoon stand-ins for when I wanted
to comment on how some issue affected us gay folks in our day-to-day lives.
I quickly took a liking to them, and began including them at random, just
to get their opinion about things, or to watch them dealing with, and
enjoying life as a couple.
Most of the cartoons here are from the political cartoon page. But a few
of the more recent ones are theirs alone. And now they have a page of their
very own too. I've added comments to the links below and as I get time I'll
rework these cartoon pages to add the comments and link them back to this
page. For now though, you'll need to use your browser's "back" button to
get back to here while looking at them.
I'll probably keep giving these two guest appearances on the political
cartoon page, but as time goes on I'll be filling in more of their lives
right here. As always, the blog is the best place to keep tabs on when I've
posted a new one.
That After Oscar Let-Down...
Mark was even more pissed then I was that Brokeback Mountain
The Angriest Boyfriend In The World
If you never saw David Lynch's The Angriest Dog In The World comic strip then
the gag here may escape you. You should google it.
I did this one after actually reading a news article where the reporter
went to this place in Kansas because it was literally in the middle of
America, to find out how "middle America" was reacting to Brokeback Mountain.
I like this one because it shows Josh's dry sense of humor, and how he
likes to tease Mark's anger out of him.
Tax Time Blues - April 2006
"Wait a minute..." - Valentine's Day 2006
That Wonderful Time Of Year - Christmas 2005
This one began with a cartoon that was actually solicited from me
by a gay publication, which they later decided not to run. I took that
single panel cartoon and expanded it into this multi-part Mark and Josh
"Sometimes..." - Ford And The AFA
A few days after Ford seems to be capitulating to the AFA, it announces
that it won't. Mark is expressing my own complete, but happy astonishment
Ford Rolls Over
The Revolution Lives On
This one is a tad unusual for my cartoons of these two. Mark and Josh
cartoons are typically slice-of-life moments and this one is symbolic in
a way more typical of political cartoons. But I drew this during the
Love In Action protests and it felt right to have these two expressing my
anger and determination about the denial of liberty, of identity itself,
to a gay teenager.
The two spirits are intended to be family members who served in the
Revolutionary War. Since Josh is a Virginian, the fellow wearing the
uniform of the Union Army was probably even more estranged from his\
family then Josh is...
Happy Holidays - Christmas 2004
"That bird wasn't wearing that..." - Thanksgiving 2004
Josh, if you hadn't noticed by now, is a country boy. The truck
you see him driving in all the cartoons btw, is a 1955 GMC pickup
he found rusting away in a neighbor's barn and nursed back to life
as a teenager, so he could have something to drive.
They're looking a bit more suburban casual here then usual. I don't
know what I was thinking when I did their clothes in this one.
"For all practical purposes..." - Tax Time 2004
"Peace On Earth" - Christmas 2003
"It's supposed to be scary..." - Halloween 2003
This was done a few days after the Supreme Court overturned
Hardwick v. Bowers and invalidated the sodomy laws still left
on the books, including the one in Texas which had been the object
of the case before the court. About half the states still had
sodomy laws at that time.
This was my first attempt at a color cartoon. From this point on
I made a point to do all my Mark and Josh cartoons in color.
Worksheet F - Tax Time 2003
"Oh, by the way..." - Valentine's Day 2003
This one seems to be a favorite with the search engines. It's a
personal favorite also, and the first cartoon that I did of these two
where they weren't riffing for me on a particular political issue, but
just being themselves.
"I told you so..."
This is the first cartoon I did of these two, where I was doing
them deliberately. Yes...their appearance has changed somewhat
over the years...especially Mark's. I wasn't sure back then that
I wanted Mark to have the long hair that he does now because that
wasn't really in style. Then I realized that Mark wouldn't care
any more about style then I do. Mark is pretty defiantly who he
is and you can take him or leave him. But I still wasn't sure who
these two were at this point. I don't think I even knew their
Mark and Josh's first appearance on my cartoon page...but at the time
I didn't know it was them. A friend told me that the same couple in this cartoon
had been showing up now and then in some of my other political cartoons. I
didn't see it, but it started me thinking that a recurring gay couple
might give me a way to do cartoons from the point of view of living life in
the middle of the culture wars.