January 08, 2008

Final Bow


(NOTE: The orginal date of this post was September 30, 2007. The post has been redated to keep it on the front page.)

With mixed emotions I announce: John and I will no longer be producing editorial cartoons. John will continue posting his work at his blog, John Cox Art, and he and I will continue working together on various projects, but there will be no more regularly scheduled editorial cartoons. The Web site will remain running indefinitely, as a means to market our books and as an archive of our work.

This decision is primarily mine. I will go into a little more detail below for those interested, but I want to first call attention to some closing matters:

1) The image above is the cover illustration for our final book collection. Black & White World IV contains over 200 cartoons and caricatures. A special section will showcase the development of a few cartoons, from my rough, to John's pencial sketch, to the final product. To order, just click here to place your preorder. The book is slated to ship out by the end of October middle of November.

2) Signed, original art for many of our editorial cartoons is available for purchase. I hope to create a special Web page for the art eventually. In the meantime, if there's a cartoon you're interested in, send an inquiry to me at "contact -- at -- coxandforkum.com", and I'll let you know if it is available and at what price. Prices range from $250 to $500. Some cartoons are already gone or not for sale.

3) Be sure to visit John Cox Art daily. John has posted loads of excellent work since we launched his site in May. He's been painting, illustrating and cartooning for over 20 years. Currently you can see a page from a comic-book project he's working on. He'll be posting his Newsmaker Caricatures there too. Contact him at "johncee10 -- at -- hotmail.com" to inquire about commissions.

Let me start by saying that quitting editorial cartooning has been one of my toughest decisions. Having such a creative outlet for expressing my opinions is immensely satisfying. It's an art form I've admired for decades, so I do not take lightly having the opportunity to work in the medium and to have that work seen by others. One of my proudest moments came soon after 9/11 when I held in my hands our first published cartoon. It was easy to feel useless, even helpless, in the weeks and months following the attacks. But to be able to fight in the battle of ideas was empowering.

For better or worse, I've always had to approach the editorial cartoon work as a "part time" career. I never quit my "day job" as co-owner of a small newspaper publishing business. The editorial work, though intellectually rewarding, is not very financially rewarding. Furthermore, researching the cartoons, writing/designing them, managing the blog, publishing the books, marketing them, and running the business side all take an enormous amount of time.

All of that comes with the territory, of course, and John and I have done pretty well over the last six years. We're fairly well known on the Internet, we have a few newspaper and magazine clients, we've self-published four books, and we've made some money, if not a living. But lately, for reasons I won't go into here, I can no longer afford to divert so much time and attention away from my publishing business and other personal concerns, such as my family.

I also want to stop focusing so much of my creative energy on negative aspects of daily life. There's still an ideological battle to be fought, not to mention an actual war, and I will stay engaged in some form and medium. But at this point, anything seems more appealing than immersing myself in the sewer of daily politics.

That said, I imagine we won't be able to resist creating an occasional editorial cartoon. And if we do, we'll post it here.

Over the years we've received many letters of encouragement from all over the world and from all across the political spectrum. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Of course, we've received our share of criticism too, but surprisingly little of the hate mail so common on the Internet. We're thankful to all of you who have shared our work with others, bought our books and products, and stood beside us along the way, even if not on every issue.

There are many people we're grateful to for their support, from bloggers, to clients, to friends. I can't begin to list them all here; hopefully you know who you are. But there are two "firsts" I want to mention by name. Robert Tracinski was the first to publish one of our editorial cartoons (see the cartoon here) in the November 2001 edition of The Intellectual Activist. And Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs was the first major blogger to regularly post our work on the Internet (see the cartoon here). They both saw value in our work, and we thank them for publicizing our cartoons when others wouldn't.

And finally, though John and I will continue to work together, I want to say that it's been an honor and great fun to work with him on these editorial cartoons. Though we had collaborated for years prior to starting the editorials, we discovered that there was a lot to learn about working together on a near daily basis, and from two different cities. There's been plenty of give and take. But ultimately we were able to say to one another "split the balloon with his head" or "make the worm neck longer" and be completely understood. John breathed life into the cartoons by giving the characters emotion and humanity. We simply could not have produced this work separately, and I will be forever proud to have the work bear our names.

And so, we take our bow.

UPDATE: Daryl Cagle is an accomplished cartoonist at MSNBC.com who also has his own syndicate. He began running our cartoons a few months ago. When we informed him that we were quitting, he asked us a few questions. You can read the interview here.

UPDATE II: Thank you, Chris.

UPDATE III: Kind words from Charles and the lizardoid army.

UPDATE IV -- Oct. 1: We are overwhelmed by your responses, both in volume and in kindness. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts. John has more to say here.

A sampling of comments in the blogosphere:
Hot Air
Tammy Bruce
Tim Sumner
GM’s Corner
Fausta's blog
PC Free Zone
Sister Toldjah
Chris Penningroth
Small Dead Animals

UPDATE V: More from the blogosphere:

Nicholas Provenzo
Gus Van Horn
Martin Lindeskog
Anti-Idotarian Rottweiler
Geek With A 45
The Sniper
El Sueño Americano

UPDATE VI -- Oct. 2: Comments at cartoonist sites:

The Comics Reporter
The Comics Journal
The Daily Cartoonist
SpinZone Comics

UPDATE VII:More from the blogosphere:

Gates of Vienna
Foehammer's Avil

UPDATE VIII -- Oct. 4:

Mostly Cajun
Dean’s World
T Campbell
Andrew Medworth
Woman Honor Thyself
Copious Dissent
Likelihood of Confusion

UPDATE IX -- Oct. 9:

Hog On Ice
Red Planet Cartoons

Posted by Forkum at January 8, 2008 05:02 PM


I'm gonna cry.................

Posted by: GarandFan at September 30, 2007 05:13 PM




I'll miss you guys.

Posted by: geekWithA.45 at September 30, 2007 05:19 PM

Cox and Forkum,

I have been delighted with your cartoons for a number of years. I can't say just how sorry I am that you will no longer be publishing, at least regularly. I can say that I completely understand and applaud your reasons.

Your cartoons got to the true heart of the issues in such an effective manner. I have been enlightened, disgusted, and humored by them. I will miss them.

Thank you for your superb work.

Posted by: Galileo Blogs at September 30, 2007 05:31 PM

Farwell gentlemen, you will be deeply missed.

Posted by: Lemuel Calhoon at September 30, 2007 05:37 PM

Thank you for helping spread moral ideals. I'll miss your weekly editorials in my RSS feed. I've subscribed to John's RSS feed to get my fix. You have a lot of individualist, free-market fans who are going to need to work extra hard now to fill your shoes.

Posted by: MAF at September 30, 2007 05:40 PM

I'm at a loss but life does have a habit of getting in the way of the internets. Regardless, you've left a legacy of amazing work that is now recorded to history.

To think one day a few decades from now, someone might look into a history book and see a Cox & Forkum on par with Franklin's "Don't Tread On Me" is not bad for a part-timer.

A month from now you'll be watching C-Span and screaming to yourself why no one is characterizing things as they are so leave a door open on your own terms.

You did it your way and it rocked.

Posted by: smantix at September 30, 2007 05:40 PM

Thanks for doing the good work guys. I wish you both well.

Posted by: BigEZ at September 30, 2007 05:40 PM

Hey, I never commented before, but seeing that this is your farewell message I feel compelled to say something. Thanks a lot for sharing these works of art. I eagerly came to this site all the time wanting to see the next incredible art work you would post. I didn't always agree, but couldn't deny everything made was just great in their own way, whether they were the ones that stirred our emotions up and reminded us of why we fight, or the satirical take on our current state of being, or the many other ones, it was always entertaining to see them.
Once again, thanks for sharing these amazing drawings.

Posted by: Vaak at September 30, 2007 05:53 PM

Nothing but cheers and applause here. And many thanks for your work. I look forward to hearing from either and both of you again.

Bravo, and bravo.

Posted by: Lloyd at September 30, 2007 06:17 PM

This news is a gut punch, guys.

I understand the time and effort it takes to keep a website good. It's frustrating when you have families to support and don't believe, as liberals do, that you're entitled to a government art grant. Steve H of Hog On Ice has documented well how the Right hasn't done much to help itself by promoting its own to the point where they can afford to quit their regular jobs. That you weren't picked up by a major syndicate is criminal.

In the meantime, consider putting all of your work on CafePress items like mugs and shirts. The messages, especially on coffee mugs, will get into offices and stimulate conversations that are vital to our nation.

The bowing Uncle Sam may be prescient, too. Unless the Dhimmicrats and ROP*ublicans don't wean us from those who'd dhimmify and Aztlanize us, we may be as significant on the world stage a century from now as Britain is compared to a century ago.

(ROP*ublican: OPEC-cozy Religion of Peace "Republicans" in the mold of James F. Baker, the Bush family and the State Department.)

Posted by: Aaron at September 30, 2007 06:35 PM

you will be missed, please keep in touch.

Posted by: yochanan at September 30, 2007 06:57 PM

I wish you both the best. You will leave a legacy of creativity that is meaningful and engaging.

As an artist I have so much respect for what you do. Good luck.

Posted by: Matt Mikulla at September 30, 2007 07:02 PM

Aw Crap.
God speed and the best of luck Gentlemen.

Posted by: Lasertech at September 30, 2007 07:04 PM

All of the above.

Nobody gets to the heart of the matter like you guys. Your work is a solid hit every time, and usually a home run.

Best of luck and we'll keep an eye out for that occasional editorial cartoon. "Negative" or not, they have always brightened my day.

Posted by: Lynn B. at September 30, 2007 07:06 PM

I don't know what to say. The blog has been one of my daily must-reads for some time. I am going to miss it greatly. Your cartoons and commentary have been fantastic, and a ray of light in dark world of moonbattery and PC lunacy. Godspeed to both of you.

Posted by: Insomniac at September 30, 2007 07:06 PM

Thank you guys so much! I have been a fan of your work for a few years now (sometimes making it my primary news source for months at a time to avoid being immersed in the sewer), and the regular doses of reason and humor will be sorely missed.

If there is any justice in the world, those signed books should be a good long term investment!

Posted by: Sam at September 30, 2007 07:09 PM

Its great to see a creative type bowing out at the right time. You two have done yer bit for the cause and its time to move on to other things. Rather than sullying the brand with sub-par stuff you go out on a high note (the Madman Inadinnerjacket stuff is brilliant). You will be missed for sure. I shall raise a beer in your honour.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at September 30, 2007 07:14 PM

I've never posted, but always looked forward to your latest work.

The best of luck to both of you, and thanks for the many smiles.

Posted by: Maximus at September 30, 2007 07:14 PM

Truly wish you guys success in whatever you do. Your cartoons are simply the best. And don't take any guff from the bastards

Posted by: Matt at September 30, 2007 07:17 PM

Thank you and BRAVO!for the excellent work you have done! Your point of view, creativity and craftsmanship will be sorely missed. So often a picture is worth a thousand words and your work spoke volumes. Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

Posted by: Jan at September 30, 2007 07:29 PM

Congratulations, gentlemen! You will be missed! Your work was always both insightful and deeply meaningful - best of luck in all your future effors!

Posted by: Brian at September 30, 2007 07:30 PM

Oh, nooooooooo! WHY?

Posted by: winston at September 30, 2007 07:37 PM

Allen & John's cartoon art has been more meaningful, and more skillfully realized and executed, than most of the fine art found in museums today. We've been proud to advertise on this site for four years, and we are proud to continue to represent John's fine-art work at www.cordair.com . If all continues to go well and as planned, the public will be able to continue to see new work by John both on his blog and in our gallery. John and Allen, kudos to you both for a job so very well and importantly done over the years. The cartooning will be sorely missed. The art goes on.

Posted by: Quent Cordair at September 30, 2007 07:40 PM

This is heart-breaking news. You guys are leaving an empty pair of shoes that will take a long time to fill.

Posted by: Mike C. at September 30, 2007 07:45 PM

What Smantix said and then some. You guys did it your way, without political correctness and without apology. You will absolutely be missed.

Posted by: Preston Taylor Holmes at September 30, 2007 07:52 PM

Thanks for the many smiles and thoughts. I wish both of you all the best.

Posted by: D.C. Thornton at September 30, 2007 07:52 PM

This is not good.
You guys are above the best, reconsider? OK? Come back!

Posted by: Jon Carry at September 30, 2007 07:54 PM

Damn. I'l miss you.

(but... Its "bear our names" not "bare our names", innit?)


Posted by: djb at September 30, 2007 07:56 PM

Just Poop!
Thanks for all the great work, you really are the Good Guys. Much has already been said here in better terms than I can serve up, so, again, thanks!

Posted by: bikermailman at September 30, 2007 08:00 PM

I think I found your cartoons soon after 9-11, and kept coming back a couple of times a week. I'll miss you both and wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Thanks for the years clear-sighted humor.

Posted by: Retread at September 30, 2007 08:09 PM

Thank you for your work.

Posted by: John at September 30, 2007 08:12 PM

Thanks for it all...especially the Yassin/Arafat/Rantissi 'toons. Good Times.

Love and kisses.

Posted by: baldilocks at September 30, 2007 08:13 PM

Oh no,

This can't be true.

There are so few that deliver a message I can agree with, and get plenty of chuckles out of.

I'm tempted to try and plead with Cox and Forkum to continue their great work.

Tragic day indeed.

Posted by: PLEASE_DON'T_GO! at September 30, 2007 08:20 PM

Thanks for the great truth and beauty of your work.

Posted by: PJ at September 30, 2007 08:25 PM

Thank you.
You will be missed.

Posted by: Eamon Stanley at September 30, 2007 08:26 PM

Thanks for your work. I loved being able to see truth and opinions I espouse in form of art that was so communicative. Thank you!

Posted by: Jess at September 30, 2007 08:32 PM

Thanks for the correction, djb. To the very end I'm making typos!

Thanks to everyone for the kind words. They're appreciated more than I can say.

Posted by: Forkum at September 30, 2007 08:32 PM

Thank you for all the cartoons! You've been the best by far. Now I've got to buy the last 2 books and keep an eye out for pieces at the Cordair gallery. Continued success in all your next ventures.

Posted by: Chris Sandvick at September 30, 2007 08:32 PM


Your work was great, I'll miss it. Best of luck to the both of you.


Major Bill Chunko

Posted by: Major Bill at September 30, 2007 08:43 PM



I miss this place already.

Posted by: Richard Riley at September 30, 2007 08:45 PM

Daily politics is indeed a sewer. So I don't blame you. But you guys did terrific work though, and we're sad to see you cutting back.

Posted by: David at September 30, 2007 08:48 PM

I read your cartoons each and every day for years and posted many of them on my blog. I'll miss them but I know how much commenting on the latest absurdity/atrocity on a daily basis can wear on you. I wish you both the very best and will be checking out John's site.

Posted by: Jheka at September 30, 2007 09:00 PM

You have filled a void in the political world, and I am saddened to see you go.

Any advice for aspiring cartoonists?

Thank you.

Posted by: Stan at September 30, 2007 09:06 PM

A very sad day indeed. John and Allen... you have both been inspirational to me, and I want to thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us. Here's wishing you all the best in everything you do.

Thank you!

Posted by: MT at September 30, 2007 09:14 PM

Dear John and Allen:

You have enlarged my vision of the world and inspired me to weigh in on issues many times.

While we had no better friends then you two during our efforts to remove 'The Center for Hate-America First' (aka The International Freedon Center) from sacred ground, you were right there with us in the battle of ideals more times than we could count. We will greatly miss checking in each day at Cox&Forkum for your thought provoking work.

Thank you for all you have done. Best wishes in all your future endeavors.


Tim Sumner

Posted by: Tim Sumner at September 30, 2007 09:15 PM

I'll miss you guys. Your work is brilliant.

Posted by: Justin at September 30, 2007 09:17 PM

Best Wishes to you guys.

And Yes, Thank you Chris.

Posted by: Chuck Adkins at September 30, 2007 09:42 PM

Aw, dammit... :-(

Posted by: Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant at September 30, 2007 09:43 PM

You guys are great. I hope that you will return to make great cartoons again. For now, I wish you the best with your future endeavors.

Posted by: alan at September 30, 2007 09:52 PM

WHAAAAT??? (*cry*, *sob*, *whimper*) - Why? Have you been threatened by extremists?

Guys, your work has been a great inspiration to a lot of people worldwide - please tell me it's the 1st of April and I've been sleeping for half a year...

You'll be sorely missed....

Posted by: Anna Lyttiger at September 30, 2007 09:54 PM

Disappointed to say the VERY least :-(.

But, that said, I do understand the increasing levels of disgust wading in the political sewer and more so the need to give more to the family.

Will sure miss Y'all, you have been a daily stop since I discovered you.

Thanks for all you have done, excellent doesn't even begin to cover it and the thanks is also not up to what you deserve.

Posted by: fox3 at September 30, 2007 09:56 PM

The greatest of your partnership/chemistry was evident in the results. Even cartoons of yours that I didn't instantly love, still impressed me with their visual and rhetorical quality.

And the Valour-IT cartoon (and more that you did for us)... I burst into tears when I saw that because it so perfectly captured everything that we hoped Valour-IT would become. Thank you SO MUCH for your graphical and financial support of us--you were an important part of getting an amazing program off the ground and we will be always in your debt.

Posted by: FbL at September 30, 2007 09:59 PM

Thank you for all your hard work; it has been a treat to view your works.

Good luck with whatever you do, and from time to time, hope to see you in the(se) funny pages!

Posted by: Beth* A. at September 30, 2007 10:03 PM

Sigh, just a final comment (I sure hope not, but :-):

If there is the equivalent of Willie and Joe for our generation / this war, you folks were it.

I'm Sure Bill Mauldin is looking down and giving you a thumbs up.

No finer tribute can I imagine.

Posted by: Fox3 at September 30, 2007 10:03 PM

Wow, I was very surprised to see this on LGF.

Thanks to both of you for your wonderful work. I wish both of you the best of success in the future!

Posted by: Mo at September 30, 2007 10:44 PM

Damn. Thanks for everything guys. Best of luck in the future. There's a big hole in the internet tonight...

Posted by: Doug Cox at September 30, 2007 10:59 PM

I have enjoyed your cartoons for many years now it hearts to see you go although I understand the internet is not exactly TV where its more pure not money driven. That fact is Pro-its more real, CON- its well pure volunteer work.

But this site will be missed I used to swing by daily but I guess I will be forced to knock that down. I wish you luck and prosperity in your personal life and hopefully in the future God willing you will be able to return.

Thanks for all you have given.

Posted by: C-Low at September 30, 2007 11:16 PM

Uncle Sam has never been drawn so well...

You will be missed. Even by those on the left who were aiming at you... Please do not be a stranger to this world.

G-d Speed.

Posted by: Jonathan Logan at September 30, 2007 11:17 PM

Ehhh sorry for spell check correction below

"for many years now it {hearts}{HURTS} to see you go although

Posted by: C-Low at September 30, 2007 11:18 PM

I'm trying to take the high road and focus on all the wonderful cartoons you've done, rather than all the cartoons that won't be in the future. It's hard, though. Your reasons for stopping are compelling, but it doesn't mean I won't miss your ability to reduce complex political issues to single panel cartoons, wonderfully drawn and cleverly captioned.

Good luck in all your post-cartoon endeavors.

Posted by: Bookworm at September 30, 2007 11:19 PM

please say it's a joke :(

Posted by: Ken at September 30, 2007 11:28 PM

Best of luck to you both. I'll miss "saving up" your cartoons by not visiting for some weeks and then delving into several weeks worth of reading all at once.

Posted by: subadei at September 30, 2007 11:29 PM

So. Not. Cool.

John, I'm counting on your site now!

Posted by: Ken at September 30, 2007 11:34 PM

Many thanks for all the laughs; the thoughtful perspectives; the support of just convictions. Best wishes to you.

Of course you should have been syndicated in every major newspaper in the land - but we know the newspapers would rather die than support America. And so they shall die (Die, DIE!), but it doesn't help support a family, as you say.

Posted by: Brett_McS at September 30, 2007 11:47 PM


This is a sad day indeed. While I can fully understand why you guys don't want to continue working like this, I still find it very sad not to be able to look forward to more of your great ed-cartoons in the future. Sometimes you don't know what you got until it's gone. This is, I guess, one of those moments. I'll be truly missing you guys and your great work. Good luck in the future.

Posted by: Carl Svanberg at October 1, 2007 12:30 AM

Thank you for all the free icecream.

It was nice while it lasted...

Posted by: Kristopher at October 1, 2007 12:46 AM

Damn, I loved your cartoons, though I am a liberal myself.

Maybe you guys can go enlist and fight in the war?

J/K, I know keyboard warriors don't do such things.

Good luck and godspeed

Posted by: jarhead at October 1, 2007 01:24 AM

Allen and John, you're both real class acts, and I count myself hugely fortunate to enjoy the privilege of calling you "peers."

Good luck in your future endeavors, and don't hesitate to holler at me if you decide to come back. I'll shout it out.

Posted by: Howard Tayler at October 1, 2007 01:28 AM

Just saying thanks for sharing all your work with us over the past 4 years. As a fairly recent reader, this will give me the opportunity to read through your archives. On to bigger and better, yada yada yada. :D

Posted by: jennifer at October 1, 2007 02:06 AM

Everything must end at some point, even the best of them. Thank you, John Cox and Allen Forkum, for making all the muck of the world more bearable, and for creating some of best cartoons I have seen in my entire life. You did good, gentlemen, and I salute you.

Posted by: Roman Kalik at October 1, 2007 02:42 AM

Thank you both.

Posted by: Haizum at October 1, 2007 03:09 AM

Howl! Wail! Whimper!

I've visited almost every day for the past - well a long time - and I'd just like to say thank you for everything. I've greatly enjoyed your cartoons and I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll do next.

I hope you'll publish your book in the U.K., or at least the EU - my last purchase was more an exercise in frustration.

Posted by: Quentin at October 1, 2007 03:19 AM

i understand, but i hope that you will change your mind soon !
you twoo created a universe, don't replace it by a dark hole !!!
thanks for all !

Posted by: Houmous at October 1, 2007 03:23 AM

Sorry to see you go. You guys were the best.

You will be missed.


Posted by: M. Simon - Mr Power and Control at October 1, 2007 03:45 AM

Thank you for all you've done, and best wishes for a wonderful future. I'll keep an eye on this site, and on John Cox Art.

Happy Trails.

Dan Patterson
Arrogant Infidel

Posted by: Dan Patterson at October 1, 2007 04:02 AM

I will miss you guys something terrible!

I wish you all the best in everything you do.

Posted by: LindaSoG at October 1, 2007 04:40 AM

Dang that hurts!

Mr Bagel

Posted by: Mr Bagel at October 1, 2007 04:46 AM

Aw, say it ain't so!

You gentlemen will be sorely missed.

Posted by: Eric at October 1, 2007 05:28 AM

Thanks you for all this amazing work. May the Ayn Rand's mana be with you. So long.

From France.

Posted by: Simon at October 1, 2007 05:42 AM

I'm sorry to hear it. I cannot do anything else but thank you for all the things you've done so far. I just hope that some day John Cox and Allen Forkum will team up again to fight the good fight.

Thank you, gentlemen. It's been an honor.

Posted by: Imperialistu' at October 1, 2007 06:36 AM

Thanks Allen and John. Your work will live on.

Posted by: j.lichty at October 1, 2007 06:43 AM

Thanks for the great work ! You will be missed.

From Germany

Posted by: Mythos at October 1, 2007 06:45 AM

This isn't April 1st, is it?

Good luck and thanks for the memories!

Posted by: King Wiemann at October 1, 2007 06:47 AM

You quit making more cartoons AND you don't ship your last book to Denmark ?? That is just mean! Oh well, hopefully the last one goes on Amazon, so I can get it that way.

Anyway, thanks for a bunch of great laughs through the years, and please reprint Vol 1!

Posted by: Michael at October 1, 2007 06:48 AM

My thanks to both of you for your wonderful editorial cartoons. What a void you will be leaving behind..........



Posted by: Bald-Headed Geek at October 1, 2007 06:51 AM

So long...and thanks for all the fish.

Posted by: Asher at October 1, 2007 07:11 AM

Aw shucks. Well, you two KNOW I love your work although we've often been at odds on our interpretation of current events. You two are the some of the best in the business. You'll be sorely missed. I know I'm really going to miss the regular challenge to my preconceptions in Detroit. Who's going to keep me honest now?

Nonetheless, best of luck on your future endeavors and I look forward to the occassional panel. It's been a pleasure sharing a blog with you for all these years.

Posted by: Libby Spencer at October 1, 2007 07:41 AM


No editorial cartoonists have done it better.

You have helped me start my day focused and full of resolve.


P.S. Reconsider and I'll pay.


Posted by: sbw at October 1, 2007 07:48 AM

Dear God, what I am going to do now?

You have helped keep me sane in this bluest of blue states (Connecticut).

This is not good.

Posted by: BobC at October 1, 2007 08:05 AM

Good luck to you both. Your cartoons were great. I'll miss them.


Posted by: chsw at October 1, 2007 08:16 AM

This is my first comment, although I've visited your blog daily for some time. Out of the pool of conservative editorialists your work has been the best, by far.

Thank you both for your contributions to fighting in "the battle of ideas", as you put it. You will be missed.

Posted by: Josh at October 1, 2007 08:29 AM

I've enjoyed your work a great deal and would like to wish you both the best of everything in your personal and professional endeavors as you go forward. God bless you both.

Posted by: Thomas James at October 1, 2007 08:54 AM

You guys have a certain magic, a way of cutting through the bs and and seeing the kernel of it. I wonder if Fox News could find a slot for you?

Posted by: Juanita at October 1, 2007 08:55 AM


Posted by: D-HOggs at October 1, 2007 08:58 AM

Thank you gentlemen...

I've enjoyed your take on politics and your vivisection of the loony left and America's enemies.

Your departure has inspired me to dust off my pens and ink, shake the cobwebs out of my drawing hand and the continue the war against the leftist nutcakes.

You'll both be missed...

God bless you.

Posted by: DanFlahive at October 1, 2007 08:59 AM

God Bless, you did what many of us wish we could.

Posted by: dinosaur at October 1, 2007 09:06 AM

Charles Johnson and his commenters suck ass. If you had any sense of shame, you'd be embarrassed by your affiliation with those losers.

Posted by: many fellows at October 1, 2007 09:16 AM

I totally understand. YOu will be missed. I'lbe ooking forward to the occasional "can't resist" cartoon.

Good luck


Posted by: Jesse at October 1, 2007 09:24 AM

Too bad, I am a huge fan. Hopefully we'll see the occasional cartoon in the future! Good luck.

Posted by: x at October 1, 2007 09:51 AM

The two of you were able, so many times, to put into picture exactly what so many of us were screaming in our minds and hearts. There have been countless times I've viewed your latest work and exclaimed "That's it exactly!"

I wish both of you nothing but success and long life. You will be genuinely missed, not to be replaced, by so many ... and by me.

Posted by: Shamalama at October 1, 2007 09:57 AM

I'm crushed.
I also don't believe that nomatter what ele you do, if you guys were DRIVEN to do this, that you won't feel this is your first love, and come back and back.

You are called.

But best of luck.

Posted by: epaminondas at October 1, 2007 10:16 AM

as a 21 year old college student who has read your editorial cartoons for 3 years, i can quite easily say they have had a huge impact on me. as a moderate/conservative person in a sea of academic liberalism and moral flexibility, it was important to see your cartoons as a sense of political center for me. i love your work and i wish you both the best in the future.


Posted by: sikarus at October 1, 2007 10:34 AM

Aw, geez, guys....

What can I say? You're irreplaceable.


Posted by: Barbara Skolaut at October 1, 2007 10:42 AM

Say it ain't so!

Posted by: McGehee at October 1, 2007 10:53 AM

DAME!!!!!!!!Damn!!!!!!!! That was not epected!!!!.I’m an aspiring cartoonist from Mumbai….And from the day I discovered your site…. Ur cartoons have really amazed me…..
Awwww man...I’ll misss this….sure ill.... it was a wonderful experience……..

Posted by: Raj!! at October 1, 2007 10:57 AM

it not a longer time i had see ur amazing site..im realy sorry if u dont want to continue ur cartoons. its absolutly SAD for me....im from iran..and u ABSOLUTLY had have very intersted cartoons about dictator devils in iran and ur last cartoons about ahamdinejad where real diffirent see of him..and it show me that u realy see the truth around the news and happeningS
Ur cartoon about iran mulahs was great..full of truth...i didnt know if amerecian have this true believes about dictators in iran.
at last i have tell u this site was my FAVORITE and WE ALL LOVE U COX AND FORKUM. however...............................................I HAVE TO CRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRY
with love and best wishs for u.
i hope u come back soon as soon BOYs
majid 22 from iran

Posted by: Majid at October 1, 2007 11:16 AM

Best wishes. Thanks for this breath of fresh air on the internet.

Posted by: Steven at October 1, 2007 11:36 AM

It's king of ironic that being such advocates of free speech this is the only post you allow comments... and remove comments for no reason.

You have been very unfair, one-sided and frankly racist in many of your opinions.

But you are talented cartoonists, good luck!

Posted by: Shazel at October 1, 2007 11:36 AM

"I also want to stop focusing so much of my creative energy on negative aspects of daily life. There's still an ideological battle to be fought, not to mention an actual war, and I will stay engaged in some form and medium. But at this point, anything seems more appealing than immersing myself in the sewer of daily politics."

Yes, daily politics, especially the politics of war and terror, is the source of a thousand breeding dishonesties--and worse. But when your cartoons succeeded in finding a way to give shape to the fear, or the confusion, or the mendacity, on those days those little victories made me smile.

Thank-you, I'm glad you were there.

Good luck.

Posted by: Aristogiton at October 1, 2007 11:37 AM

it not a longer time i had see ur amazing site..im realy sorry if u dont want to continue ur cartoons. its absolutly SAD for me....im from iran..and u ABSOLUTLY had have very intersted cartoons about dictator devils in iran and ur last cartoons about ahamdinejad where real diffirent see of him..and it show me that u realy see the truth around the news and happeningS
Ur cartoon about iran mulahs was great..full of truth...i didnt know if amerecian have this true believes about dictators in iran.
at last i have tell u this site was my FAVORITE and WE ALL LOVE U COX AND FORKUM. however...............................................I HAVE TO CRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRY
with love and best wishs for u.
i hope u come back soon as soon BOYs
majid 22 from iran

Posted by: Majid at October 1, 2007 11:54 AM

Thanks for giving the majority of proud Americans a voice through your amazingly talented and sorely needed visual commentary.

You will be missed, but not forgotten, for sure.

The best of luck in you futures!

Posted by: One_American at October 1, 2007 11:56 AM

You can't do this!! You just can't do this man!
You are an important part of our fight against the idiots and donkeys. Please come back.

Posted by: Ardeshir Dolat at October 1, 2007 01:03 PM

Sad to hear that you're quitting. You always wrote very good editorial cartoons and had a very recognizable and fluid style of drawing. I never once agreed with the content of your cartoons, but I can appreciate skill regardless of political views. You most certainly were the best American conservative cartoon on the internet.

Good luck on your future projects.

Posted by: Wilbur at October 1, 2007 01:23 PM

I'm very sorry to hear this. Thank you very much for the laughs and all your great work!

Greetings from the Netherlands, and good luck to you both!

Posted by: Jur at October 1, 2007 01:59 PM

The first Cox & Forkum cartoon I remember seeing was the classic Uncle Sam rising from the Twin Towers, fist clenched and looking determined. It was powerful and pretty much expressed my sentiments and those of many, many others. Eventually, I found the website through someone's link. It has been on my sidebar since the beginning of my own blog.

Many were the times when my blog reading started out with Cox & Forkum. Not only was I guaranteed a quality and timely cartoon dealing with an issue in a manner that typically reflected my own, but the commentary was a fantastic launch-pad to other stories and other sites. The links have lead me to some political commentators I may never have read, and provided background to Forkum's typically well-worded, well-thought-out, and well researched commentary.

It has been an indispensible site in the past few years of the culture war, and I feel almost like I'm losing a favorite neighborhood friend who is moving away.

Life does go on, though, and it changes for us all. I sympathize with John's need to focus somewhere else. Change is good and necessary for growth and sanity. He is absolutely right when he says that focusing on this stuff every day can be draining and utlimately unhealthy. I've had to step away from the keyboard on my meager blog several times in the past myself to clear my head and remember what life is really for to begin with -- and get back to it.

We will miss them greatly, but take comfort in the massive and quality contribution they have made and left behind, and for its role in rallying us together, united in keeping America ... well... America.

Thank you.

Posted by: philmon at October 1, 2007 02:14 PM

You leave behind a gaping hole in the world of editorial cartoons, political commentary and just plain art. I feel as though I've lost a friend, one who could so beautifully and accurately put in a single image so many words and emotions.

Good bye, good luck...and for solely selfish reasons, I hope you are not gone completely.

Most importantly, though, thank you.

Posted by: Don at October 1, 2007 03:46 PM

You were, are, and will continue to be... the best.

Posted by: Vanderleun at October 1, 2007 03:51 PM

John & Allen:

So long! See you at the gallery...

All the Best,

Martin Lindeskog - American in spirit.
Gothenburg, Sweden.

Posted by: Martin Lindeskog at October 1, 2007 03:52 PM

I'm a British teenage liberal (sort of) who came across Cox & Forkum via LGF and I'm devastated you're bringing this to an end. Your cartoons are, without fail, hilarious and meaningful and this is definitely one of the blogs I most look forward to checking.

Best wishes and many thanks to both of you. If someone asks me what I want for Christmas this year, I will point them in the direction of one of your books!

Posted by: SamT at October 1, 2007 04:25 PM

You guys are the best, and you will be missed. Thank you for everything.

Posted by: Laura at October 1, 2007 04:27 PM

Goodbye and thanks a lot for the cartoons. I didn't agree all the time with your ideas, but you expressed them freely. My favorite cartoons would have to be the ones that remember the fallen soldiers who have died for our freedom. I also like the way you have portrayed uncle Sam as a muscle ripping wrestler ready to defend freedom at any cost.

thanks again

Posted by: Tim at October 1, 2007 06:12 PM

I have a brief word on Cox and Forkum at my blog:


Posted by: Myrhaf at October 1, 2007 07:11 PM

We will really miss you very badly. Wish you best of luck.

Posted by: roma at October 1, 2007 07:26 PM

I've thoroughly enjoyed your work over the years and will miss seeing it on a regular basis. Each and every one of the cartoons I've seen has been relevant and concise. Your style reminded me of the great Bill Mauldin cartoons of WWII I saw in a book my father treasured.

I'll miss you guys.

Oh, and Thanks.

Posted by: joated at October 1, 2007 07:29 PM

You'll be missed. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by: Bill Faith at October 1, 2007 08:41 PM

we'll miss you guys.. thank you for sharing your eagle-eye-sharp political wit, and your artistic abilities.

Sounds like you're going through some introspection and prioritizing your life. I say good for you and wish you the best. Take care of the family, and God bless.

Posted by: iPosty at October 1, 2007 08:53 PM

I'm sorry to see you guys go. Your art graced my office and barracks for many a week and made my guys laugh. Thanks for all you did.

Fair winds and following seas.....

So long.

Posted by: Cargosquid at October 1, 2007 09:02 PM

The end of an era. Other will try but there will never be another C@F. Thank you for everything you've done guys. Fair winds and a following sea to you both.

Posted by: ShadowFox at October 1, 2007 10:08 PM

As is the case with others, I've never commented before here. The news of your ceasing to do regular editorial drawings is understandable, but that doesn't lessen the sense of loss. Thank you for everything you've done, and for fighting the good fight.

Posted by: Phil Melton at October 1, 2007 11:40 PM

Wow, u guys are really very good. i write from South Africa and have been following your work, so diligently. go well and GOD bless you.

Posted by: Thommyb at October 2, 2007 12:29 AM

Thanks very much for all that you guys have done. I will miss you. :-(

Posted by: lossfurwords at October 2, 2007 04:34 AM

enjoyed your work very very much! thanks for everything... greetins from Uruguay, Southamerica.

Posted by: Juan at October 2, 2007 07:49 AM

I am going to miss your work greatly. I wish I wasn't dead broke at the moment, so I could buy your books.

I enjoyd our correspondence highly, being able to disagree strongly on a point, have a very long discussion, and neither of us get heated or resort to personal attacks. I appreciate that and thank you for it.

One thing I may hav not made clear is that one reason for the fairly rare correspondence was the fairly rare disagreements with your point of view. As such, for only contacting you when there was a negative to be said, I apologize.

Good luck in all your future endeavors.

Posted by: Deoxy at October 2, 2007 09:02 AM

Will miss you guys! Thanks for all the years of chuckles...

Posted by: snowdog at October 2, 2007 09:12 AM

A fond farewell to Cox & Forkum from Another Rovian Conspiracy. The blogosphere will sorely miss your wit and clarity.

Hope you have continued success in your future endeavors.

Posted by: ARC: St Wendeler at October 2, 2007 10:12 AM

Oh nooo! :(
You maybe didnt even know you had fans in Italy... well I'm one of them.

I hope your plans and future projects will do very well. I'll keep on following john, but I will miss this site anyway :(

Posted by: KrilliX at October 2, 2007 03:37 PM

I just read this news and I'm quite sad about it. However, I must stress that I completely relate to all your reasons for taking a few steps back and letting more positive into your lives (and more finances!).

I hope you will continue to create your cartoons every so often. You are the very best in the field as far as I'm concerned and that is why I feature them so prominently at the Anvil.

Best wishes to you both.


Posted by: Foehammer at October 2, 2007 05:21 PM

I'm gonna miss you guys. Keep fightin' the good fight.

Posted by: elmers brother at October 2, 2007 07:32 PM

oh no! I never commented before but I'm a regular viewer of your cartoons.

Thank you so much for all those incredible editorials! It was a pleasure to occasionally share your website with my classmates.

Farewell and good luck!

Posted by: Burninget at October 2, 2007 10:17 PM

From Spain, thank you very much and good luck.

Posted by: Angel at October 3, 2007 02:36 AM

Oh how you two have made me laugh over the years. My first taste of your work was of a donkey, lying on the floor in a straight jacket screaming about quagmire and such. I found it on a site that basically slammed Hollywood Celebrities and their political...efforts, shall we say. (Can't remember the name of the site now.)

Since then, I was and am still, a fan.

I respect the decision but will sorely miss your work on a regular basis.

Best of luck to both of you and anything you do in the future.

Posted by: Serenity at October 3, 2007 02:44 AM

For years you have been my first stop every morning, followed by Chris Muir.

Even though I go to John Cox, you are going to be missed. Please reconsider?

Posted by: GOC in Winston Salem at October 3, 2007 06:06 AM

please pass the hanky...

Posted by: nanc at October 3, 2007 08:39 AM

Surely, despite the fact that the comics are centered on United States policies, you must know you have an international audience.

From the Netherlands, I've often enjoyed your work. Often, I didn't agree with the message it tried to get across, but on a few occasions they made me think twice about my opinion. That alone was worth reading them. Add the beautiful art and sharp wit, and the resulting mix made me coming back for more.

Best of luck with future projects.

Posted by: Mouse at October 3, 2007 09:03 AM

Thank you for the great work you have produced over the last fews years. I will surely miss your editorials.

Best of luck to both of you.

- Dinesh.

Posted by: Dinesh Pillay at October 3, 2007 10:13 AM

You are truly soldiers as well, fighting on the front that God provided for you...You have no idea how sorely u will missed!
I will make sure to post about your book..God speed my friends!!!

Posted by: Angel at October 3, 2007 10:57 AM

While I understand your reasonings, and accept your choices...know that there is yet one more person who is deeply saddened by your farewell. I may not have always agreed with your POV, but I have always appreciated them. You both have a talent of cutting to the heart of the issue, with perfect clarity. That will be greatly missed.

Wishing you both success in your future endeavors, and praying that G-d will continue to cover you in His protection.

Posted by: MommylovesRJ at October 3, 2007 11:05 AM

From Spain, I read your work in Libertad Digital, and always think is an intelligent, brave and humourous work. Thank you very much for your talent, guys. I will miss you a lot! (and sorry for my poor english)

Posted by: Jose Maria Beroy at October 3, 2007 01:37 PM

You guys are great.

From your fans pov you guys are making a big mistake.

Please reconsider...you are needed here.

Posted by: dr at October 3, 2007 01:51 PM

I'm gonna miss checking out for your new cartoons daily.

However these were many years when you kicked ass and took names of numerous enemies of free men worldwide.

To everyone else. It's good time to dig though C&F archive and post ur favuorite cartoon on blogs and hompages.

Posted by: Peterus at October 3, 2007 01:52 PM

"That said, I imagine we won't be able to resist creating an occasional editorial cartoon. And if we do, we'll post it here."

good idea....try an editorial cartoon ....oh ...say....everyday and we'll call it even.

Posted by: fred at October 3, 2007 01:58 PM

Oh, it's a pity! We're gonna miss your daily cartoons.

Thank you for the great work over the last few years.

Best of luck with future projects!
Best of luck to both of you!

Posted by: SIOE Nederland at October 3, 2007 03:22 PM

Allen, I came to this page via Andrew Medworth and words fail at the loss of the cartoons, but I know of the pressures involved in daily/family life. You both have every right to be proud of these pages. I know you are.
My best thoughts to you and your family. I hope to get back to Tennesee for a visit---someday. Until then, we'll talk by email and phone.


Posted by: Blair at October 3, 2007 08:59 PM

All I can say is, this sucks...this is one of the best conservative sites on the web, with some of the best editorial cartoons anywhere.

Posted by: Robert at October 3, 2007 09:21 PM

You guys have been a daily read for me since before I even started blogging over 4 years ago. Just wanted to thank you for all you've done.

My favorite would be this:

I think I've linked it over 100 times since you first posted it.

Posted by: Harvey at October 3, 2007 09:31 PM

Good luck guys.. You have inspired me alot.

Posted by: . at October 4, 2007 05:59 AM

My morning will never be the same without you two.
Allen, thank you for all of your advise about my editorial efforts, they were and remain to this day a vital and enduring lesson for me.

Posted by: Esbiem at October 4, 2007 08:11 AM

Have a good one! The work you guys have done has brought me countless hours of enjoyment.

Posted by: Daniel R. at October 4, 2007 08:44 AM

Damn, you guys will surely be missed.
Hopefully these reactions will convince you to keep making editorials once a week...

This one is still my favourite. Simple but touching:

Good luck guys and a bow back from the Netherlands

Posted by: Patrick at October 4, 2007 08:51 AM

"To everyone else. It's good time to dig though C&F archive and post ur favuorite cartoon on blogs and hompages."

It has already begun on facebook... over 60 cartoons.. i'll post some on extreme-centre or even on my own blog.

And maybe on archive.org?

Posted by: Simon at October 4, 2007 11:53 AM

All right, I won't say it. I won't say that we couldn't get along without you -- we can, I won't beg you to stay here for our sake -- I didn't think I'd ever revert to that rotten old plea, but boy! -- what a temptation it was, I can almost see why people do it.

Posted by: Aeon McNulty at October 4, 2007 02:20 PM

What can I add that hasn't already been said? All I can do is give you both a heartfelt thanks, and to pray that your future endeavors will be successful.

Posted by: Frank V. at October 4, 2007 02:48 PM

Is there anything that would make you guys reconsider?

Posted by: fightback at October 5, 2007 09:23 AM

You're just teasin', right?

Posted by: Stanford Matthews at October 6, 2007 10:18 AM

For years I have come to your site daily, and truely appreciated the work you do. Your cartoons are up there with the best of them and you mix the perfect combination of wit and absurdity.

You will be missed. Best of luck in the future, and thanks for the laughs and thoughts.

Posted by: Dylan at October 6, 2007 04:44 PM

Final what ? No, you can't !!!

Posted by: Sam Lowry at October 6, 2007 05:06 PM

Awww... Rat Farts!!

Posted by: Alan Daley at October 7, 2007 06:07 PM