My name is Rob Rogers and I am the political cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. One of the highlights of my job is covering the presidential campaign every four years. There is never a shortage of material for cartoons ... the candidates see to that.
The presidential race also gives me a reason to pack up my pens, pencils and erasers (yes, I make mistakes) and leave the safety of my drawing table to join the other journalists, politicians and delegates at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
I have covered every political convention since 1988 (that’s when H.W. Bush picked Dan Quayle as his V.P.) Normally, I do sketches that appear in the paper and on my blog, but in 2012 I wanted to try something new. I am partnering with the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s cartoon museum, to make a mini documentary of my trip to Tampa and Charlotte. This video sketch diary will give my fans a glimpse into what it is like to be a cartoonist doodling under the big tent at the biggest political circus ever!
The RNC runs August 27th - 30th and the DNC runs September 4th – 6th.
The RNC is in Tampa and the DNC is in Charlotte.
Journalism as we know it is changing dramatically. Newspapers are struggling to stay alive. Editorial cartoonists have suffered along with them, sometimes being the first to be let go when a company downsizes. I hope this mini-documentary, aside from giving a humorus look behind the curtain of our political process, will help show how cartooning and newspaper journalism are still an important part of our collective dialogue.
The ToonSeum has agreed to edit, direct and produce the video (Joe Wos producing and Mandi Bridgeman directing.) Since the ToonSeum is a non-profit museum, they have limited resources to cover travel expenses. That is where you come in. In exchange for your generous donations, you will receive some awesome cartoon-related perks. You can snag campaign buttons, signed prints, T-shirts, signed copies of my book, original cartoons and more! Plus, all who donate at least $25 will be invited to attend the screening of this mini-documentary at the ToonSeum (or a larger venue if needed.)
If you can’t donate to this cause, please help spread the word through Facebook and Twitter! Thanks for all your support!