Thursday, July 22, 2010

Houston Press Cover

I did this cover last week, for Monica Fuentes at the Houston Press. The cover story is about a teenage girl that went across the border to Mexico, and wound up getting murdered.

Although it appears that the girl may have been getting involved in smuggling, her family is not so sure, and with the case being outside of U.S. jurisdiction, it's unlikely any answers will come soon. The story revolves around this one case, but it also mentions a few other examples of Americans going across the border, and being killed. It was a pleasure working with Monica on this piece.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Legalize It? L.A. Times Op-Ed

I just finished this illustration for Jim Brooks at the L.A. Times the other day. Mark Kleiman wrote a very thoughtful, and realistic essay about the problems with legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in California. The gist of it: a state law ending the prohibition would conflict with federal law, and Uncle Sam wouldn't allow it, due to some unintended consequences.

Although ending the prohibition of marijuana makes sense (it's certainly better than wasting time and money on law enforcement, and incarcerating people possessing a product less harmful than alcohol), it would have to be done on a federal level first. Thanks again, Jim!