March 02, 2003

Grand Opening Salvos


Welcome to the Grand Opening of the Cox & Forkum weblog. The purpose of this blog is two-fold: 1) to have an outlet for showing more of our cartoons; and 2) to publicize our book, Black & White World.

Every other day or so we will be posting a new cartoon for you blog readers. If we manage to make you a regular visitor, we hope that at some point you'll click on our book ad (upper right-hand corner) and consider making a purchase. If you like these cartoons, you'll like the book (which is also portable and requires no batteries).

We want to acknowledge a few people who have been helpful in our leap into cyberspace. First and foremost is Robert and Sherri Tracinski at The Intellectual Activist, who have been publishing our work since the dark days of 2001, both on the Web and in their magazine. We have been a subscriber to TIA for many years and highly recommend it as the place to turn for a rational, philosophical analysis of current events, from Architecture to Zimbabwe.

We'd also like to tip our hat to a few bloggers. We're thankful to Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs who has generously posted many of our cartoons. But the reason to go to LFG is for Charles' insightful commentary on the battle between Western Civilization and Islamism. There's no better blog for news from the front lines.

Bill Whittle at Eject! Eject! Eject!, Emperor Misha I at The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, and Martin Lindeskog at EGO have all kindly reviewed our work for their readers, and for that we are grateful. Bill's blog offers thoughtful, touching, well-written essays on such topics as War, Courage and Honor (cynics will feel out of place there). Misha skewers idiotarians the world over, daily, relentlessly and without mercy. And Martin keeps an Objectivist eye on the world from Europe.

Finally, thanks to Rachel Lucas at, who--though on hiatus from her own excellent, gun-toting, capitalist blog--graciously held our hand through the labyrinth of HTML coding. You wouldn't be reading this blog if it wasn't for her.

Our aim is to create hard-hitting cartoons from an individualist perspective. We hope you come back for more.

John Cox & Allen Forkum

P.S. A special salute to Tom Minchin in Australia ... Onya, Tom!

Posted by Forkum at March 2, 2003 04:23 PM


Welcome to the blogosphere! Keep up the good work!

Best Premises,

Martin $

Posted by: Martin Lindeskog at March 2, 2003 08:06 PM

Dear John and Allen:

This is a test of the TROLL ALERT SYSTEM. This is only a test:


This concludes this test of the Troll Alert System. If this had been an actual troll, you would proceed to the movable type control panel and activate the DELETE COMMENTS protocols outlined in your Top Secret users manuals. You will both need to insert the keys you wear around your necks at all times, and they must be turned SIMULTANEOUSLY for the comment to be deleted. And may God help us all if you fail...

Good luck guys. You deserve it.

Posted by: Bill Whittle at March 3, 2003 02:00 AM

John and Allen,

This has to be the best addition to the Blogosphere since, well since Bill started 'Eject!Eject!Eject!'.

You are, of course, entirely too kind to yours truly. Truth be told, if I can do anything at all to bring your excellent work to a bigger audience, I'm the one who's honored, because you guys are just so damned talented that I can't find words to describe it!

You've been added to the Imperial Council, because merely adding you to the 'roll wouldn't be nearly good enough.

Posted by: Emperor Misha I at March 3, 2003 07:17 AM

a daily read

Next time though I skip the
Those spit takes are hell on my keyboard

Posted by: TX Vet at March 3, 2003 08:25 AM

Misha ... The Imperial Council?! We are honored.

Bill ... Whoa! Be careful there. I haven't had time to install the sarcasm filter and you almost triggered the auto destruct. :-)

Posted by: Allen Forkum at March 3, 2003 10:03 AM

I love your work, and I have purchased a copy of your book as a gift. Sadly it was shipped directly to the recipient and now I must buy my own copy and hide it! Your stuff is absolutely wonderful, and in many cases, a drink advisory needs to be issued. Delighted that you have your own site now. Keep up the great work, and when will there be a new book? Put one out for Channukah and Xmas giving, guys. It would make my life easier! If anyone hasn't bought the book yet, what are you waiting for?! My son thoroughly ennjoyed it. If you read the blogs and love the Emperor, you will love the book.

Posted by: Mari at March 3, 2003 11:22 AM

Hey Now...
Thanks for the warm and fuzzies. We'll keep thrwoing it up there and see what sticks....

I must admit that the intense amity that comes with blogship is akin to running around with that ridiculous Olympic flame, making sure that it arrives to the next open-armed pollyanna who then passes it along to the next wide-eyed wunderkind.

Don't ya just want to take it and whip it into the nearest body of water?

Posted by: john cox at March 3, 2003 11:29 AM

Nah, John, that would be an extreme waste of perfectly good fire.

Personally, I'd shove it down the throat of the nearest Frog for Appeasement.

After I forced him to drink a quart of lighter fluid, of course.

Posted by: Emperor Misha I at March 3, 2003 01:42 PM

Allen and John; What a great site. One of these days when you guys are standing on the stage of the Waldorf Hysteria accepting some huge prize for your talents, I can tell anyone who may be around me, "I know those guys. I really do!"

The world is ready for your stuff now, let it rip!

Posted by: James at March 3, 2003 02:13 PM

Whoa! John, don't waste perfectly good fire. All you need is some meat to make the system complete.

Posted by: CGeib at March 3, 2003 06:31 PM

I feel like I had twins. My first child born this week and a Cox and Forkum blog.

Mazel Tov guys!!!!!

Posted by: J. Lichty at March 3, 2003 07:06 PM

Welcome to the club!

Posted by: Damian P. at March 3, 2003 07:21 PM

Congrats on the family addition, J. Lichty.

Posted by: Allen Forkum at March 3, 2003 07:35 PM

Congrats on the launch and thanks for the great toons.

Your cartoons are not only intelligent and funny, the artwork is excellent!

Keep up the great work.

ve (via LGF)

Posted by: velvetelvis at March 3, 2003 07:47 PM

Toons are cut in half using a Netscape browser. I know you can fix it.

Posted by: Rob Mcwilliams at March 3, 2003 07:50 PM

Could you guys be the fifth horseman(men) of the Ablogalypse?


Posted by: AG in Houston at March 3, 2003 07:53 PM

Congratulations! Thanks for opening a weblog and generously sharing your talent with the rest of us. I already bookmarked & blogrolled you. Now all I have to do is click on that button and get a copy of your book. I can hardly wait.

Posted by: Ronin at March 3, 2003 08:06 PM

Rob ... Apparently it's a problem with our blog application, Movable Type. I'm looking into it. Sorry for the trouble. I'm hoping the latest versions of Netscape aren't problematic. I've yet to encounter problems with IE, though. If you can run IE, please try it with that in the meantime.

(By the way ... I just noticed that in my Netscape, if you click on the date on the calendar -- March 2 -- you can look at the cartoons individually, just press the << button above the cartoon. Unfortunately, they are still partially obscured.)

Posted by: Allen Forkum at March 3, 2003 08:12 PM

I anxiously await for a Cox & Forkum calendar!

Love your cartoons!

Posted by: Maui Girl at March 3, 2003 09:44 PM

congratulations!! Now I can drop by and get my daily dose of fun. You guys are great!

Posted by: kelly b at March 3, 2003 10:13 PM

I've been a fan ever since I saw your stuff over at LGF, and have always wanted more. Yes, I should buy the book, but this is a nice complement. :

Between you two, Scrappleface, Happy Fun Pundit, and Dave Barry, I shall never lack for web-based amusement. Huzzah!

Posted by: E. Nough at March 3, 2003 11:00 PM

TO: Cox & Forkum
RE: A Request

Would you gentelmen consider doing a cartoon based on the Four Horsemen of the Ablogalypse?

And would you put in Bill Whittle as Hell on a winged horse? Hell, follows Death, the last of the four horsemen.

Keep up the Good Work...

...we're all excited.



Posted by: Chuck Pelto at March 4, 2003 02:59 AM

Congrats on your site - delighted that you're here! I'm waiting for the calendar and a coffee mug :)

Posted by: Kinneret at March 4, 2003 03:17 AM

Welcome! I was happy to see Charles at lgf bring your cartoons to a larger audience. I first found you in TIA (excellent writing and analysis, highly recommended) and was pleasantly surprised and glad to see someone doing work I could respect and enjoy. I've never seen you go wrong - a rare thing anywhere.

I look forward to daily visits.


Posted by: Dee Bates at March 4, 2003 05:40 AM

Great site, guys. Just gave you a plug over at ACT.

I love the recent Chirac cartoon!

Posted by: Tony Hagale at March 4, 2003 05:51 AM

You guys are awesome, keep up the fantastic work...

Posted by: tom at March 4, 2003 08:36 AM

Congrats are in order! Great cartoons, and I am now sure that you both will pick up the mantle of the immortal Jeff McNelly.

Posted by: Gang of One at March 4, 2003 08:52 AM

Thanks, many thanks.

Posted by: Fred J Harris at March 4, 2003 09:24 AM

Thanks everyone for the encouragement! HEAD...TOO...BIG...MUST...VISIT MOTHER...RECIEVE...HARSH...DOSE OF...REALITY...

Actually the ideas are coming hard and fast. I tell Allen all the time: "They haven't seen anything yet!" I'm anxiously awaitng the presidential campaigns to start in earnest and the inevitable pap the gets presented. Looking forward to witnessing Iraqi surrender and the boisterous aftermath.

Posted by: john cox at March 4, 2003 10:30 AM

Glad you guys are online now, I've just gotten dribs & drabs of your work through LGF.

Cool, you can be sure I'll link to your new stuff as it comes out (for my 1-2 readers :P )

Keep up the good work.

p.s. can MT allow for obfuscated e-mail addresses? I.e. someone-at-somewhere-dot-com

Posted by: Jeff at March 4, 2003 12:32 PM

Lately, things are looking up. First Bill Whittle, now you guys! Congratulations,
best wishes and sincere thanks.

Posted by: Jon at March 4, 2003 12:45 PM

congrats and welcome.

Posted by: tim g at March 4, 2003 12:57 PM

What to add? You guys Rule!


Posted by: Infidel at March 4, 2003 01:37 PM

Everyone ... Thanks for all the praise, encouragement and plugs. It is genuinely overwhelming and deeply appreciated. And the inquiries for T-shirts and calendars are wonderful, but I gotta move some of these books first!

Jeff ... I assume you mean in the comments section? I've never tried it (I'm very new to MT.) However, we're presently set up so that e-mail addresses aren't required -- perhaps you could add the obfuscated e-mail to your comment, if you wanted.

Posted by: Allen Forkum at March 4, 2003 03:28 PM

Woo-Hoo!! This is tremendous!! Of course, it had to be... if blogosphere royalty like Misha, Rachel and Whittle love you, then you're in like Flynn!! Keeping the Windex next to my monitor....

Posted by: Angela at March 4, 2003 03:43 PM

This made my day. A blog from my favorite cartoonists is just cool. I've been a fan since I saw your stuff on LGF.

Posted by: M. Upton at March 4, 2003 09:29 PM

That's it! You guys are going right to my 'Wicked Good Blogs' links. No stop off at 'New Finds', but right to the top! I've loved what I've seen at LGF and now I'll be able to get it directly from the masterminds themselves.


Posted by: DCE at March 5, 2003 06:49 PM

Great work you guys. Welcome to the Blogosphere.

Can I get an autographed copy of the book?

Posted by: beaker at March 5, 2003 06:59 PM

I can just picture Ted Rall quivering in the corner over there, sucking his thumb and whimpering. Outstanding stuff!

How about a PocketPC / Palm friendly version of the 'toon of the day?

Posted by: Greg at March 7, 2003 10:13 PM

Allow me to add my somewhat belated welcome and congratulations. Like many of those here, I have been a fan ever since I saw your work on LGF. And congratulations on your book. I'm sure that I'll find a place on my coffee table for it (I may have to use the space reserved for, um, coffee).

Posted by: Jheka at March 8, 2003 01:36 AM

Love your work ... ordering your book. Keep it up.

Posted by: Paul Carter at March 12, 2003 07:49 PM