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Four Cartoonists of the Apocalypse

Reported by The Rational Extremists

Back us and you’ll get a no-holds barred battle between four of the funniest and most well respected political cartoonists today.

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Here’s what you’ll get by backing us:

A rotating series of updates from each of us – Ted Rall, Scott Stantis, Stephanie McMillan and Stephen Notley – throughout the month, with original cartoons exclusively for backers.

A behind-the-scenes look at sketches, ideas, drafts and more.

Higher-level backers can get the the exclusive “Four Cartoonists of the Apocalypse” T-shirt.

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We’re four political cartoonists who don’t agree on anything.

But despite that, we all have a mutual respect for each other’s work, intelligence and humor.

With this project on Beacon, we’re coming together online for the first time. And that means you’re getting four of the best working political cartoonists today, squaring off each and every week.

ted rall

Ted Rall is the cartoonist for The Los Angeles Times.

scott stantis

Scott Stantis is the editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune.

stephanie mcmillan

Stephanie McMillan is the creator of Minimum Security.

stephen notley

Stephen Notley is the creator of Bob the Angry Flower.

The censor is off, the editors are gone and we can turn this space into a no-holds-barred cartooning free-for-all.

We’ve set a goal of 400 subscribers because that provides enough funding to create and share original work and sketches for Beacon. And since you’re getting us, unfiltered, that means you’re going to be getting our sharpest wit and our cutting-edge stuff.

The vast majority of every subscription goes directly to us, so by backing this project, you’re helping to making quality political cartooning truly sustainable on the Internet.

Back this project and let the apocalypse begin →

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The Rational Extremists BIOGRAPHY

Ted Rall, cartoonist for The Los Angeles Times, is America’s most widely-syndicated alternative editorial cartoonist. Twice the winner of the RFK Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Rall’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice and hundreds of other publications and websites. He is a regular contributor to MAD magazine.

Scott Stantis is currently the editorial cartoonist for The Chicago Tribune. His editorial cartoons are syndicated by the Tribune Content Agency while his comic strip is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate. He usually espouses a conservative or libertarian stance in his cartoons, calling himself a contrarian. He’s the creator of the Prickly City comic strip.

Stephanie McMillan, winner of the RFK Journalism Award, has seven books that include graphic novels, comics journalism, and political theory; the latest is “Capitalism Must Die!” Her cartoons have been published in hundreds of venues including the Los Angeles Times, Daily Beast, Yes! magazine and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her daily comic strip Minimum Security is syndicated online at Universal Uclick’s gocomics.com.

Stephen Notley is the creator of the Bob the Angry Flower series, as well as Lovebot.

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