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Ted uses Beacon to tell stories about politics and life in pictures. He’s a hard-charging political cartoonist who thinks independently and takes no prisoners. He’ll use a variety of forms to share his unique take on social commentary and current events.

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Why should I subscribe to you?

I provide a contrarian and eclectic, yet serious and considered, political point of view you won’t find anywhere else, from any other American political writer or cartoonist. Because I don’t follow any party line, and think independently (though decidedly left of center on most issues), it is difficult to find mainstream publications willing to give me an outlet. I think what I do is important, and if you agree, your sponsorship will make sure I continue, and am able to increase my output.

What do you cover?

I am best known as a hard-charging political cartoonist of the old “take no prisoners” school. Alas, our numbers are few. I tackle current events, hypocritical politicians and social commentary.

I write opinion columns and essays along the same lines as my cartoons, but about topics that require explicating and elaboration.

I do a lot of comics journalism: journalism in cartoon form. For example, I recently did a long piece about testing out a drone plane, for the Los Angeles Times. I covered the Quebec student uprising in 2011. And I did a book of comics journalism from Afghanistan in 2010 (the book comes out soon).

I like to write long essays, especially about Central and South Asia, where I travel frequently. It’s hard to find sponsors for these feature pieces, at least in print, but they’re very rewarding when I get to do them.

My specialties include Central Asia, South Asia, US politics, generational politics, and pretty much anything that interests me.

How often do you post on Beacon?

I’ll post at least three cartoons a week, plus a column. Most of these will also appear elsewhere. Soon I’ll be posting one original piece of writing or cartoon art each week. If and when more people support my work, it will allow me to dedicate more time each week to original content for Beacon.

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Ted’s most recent stories on Beacon:

Waiting for Due Process

Immigrants seeking protective asylum often spend months in detention waiting to hear back about their cases. Which is ironic, considering that many are seeking to flee countries because of their lack of judicial due… 


For the first time, researchers have found that casual users of marijuana, even those who use it just once or twice a week, suffer significant damage to their brains, particularly in the parts of the brain that govern motivation and memory. In other words:… 

If People in Other Countries Reacted to Tragedies Like American

What if, say, Afghans, responded to grief as cheesily and inappropriately as Americans? It would sure look strange. And it sure looks strange to people in other countries. Americans do kitsch grief like nobody else on… 

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