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His work space is a challenge — the ledge is about three feet deep and three feet high, so he has to kneel or lay on his side to paint.

“I take a lot of breaks,” Hanley said.

Hanley drew 10 different scenes that incorporate the local scenery and various uses of horses, from providing transportation for the Native Americans to logging, agriculture, mining, rodeo and more.

The mural is about 30 feet long, with each era blending into the next.

The Baker City Herald marks the progress of muralist Jon Hanley.
The piece also profiles Jon’s 45 year career as cartoonist and illustrator.



Nick Saban says this undefeated 2020 CFP National Championship team is the best, most unified team he’s ever coached. By the way these 10 Crimson Tide players were gobbled up in the 2021 draft – 6 in the first round -the NFL seems to agree.

There is not enough sports cartooning in today’s world. Here Alabama Media Group editorial cartoonist J. D. Crowe turns his pen to honor the Crimson Tide players chosen in the recent NFL draft as a poster.


Randall Monroe of xkcd fame did a parody of research papers. People in various sciences took the cartoon to heart and came up with their own “Types of Scientific Papers.”

IFL Science reveals some of the humorous results.


Ahasteen’s work stands out for its unflinching representations of life in the Four Corners region and, specifically, the reality of the injustice of Diné forced removal.

It’s an issue that hits close to home. Ahasteen’s own family faced forced removal from their ancestral home at the hands of U.S. officials. “Right where that land was divided up, it was where I was born,” he said. “I wasn’t born in the hospital.” Facing relocation was traumatic, Ahasteen says, especially for elders who didn’t speak English and therefore couldn’t understand what United States officials were telling them.

Jack Ahasteen is interviewed in The Navajo Times about his career and land disputes.

The cartoons that were created as a result gave voice to the trauma of forced removal. As Ahasteen remarked in a 2019 Navajo Times front-page article written by Rima Krisst, “There’s no word for relocation in Navajo. It was like a death sentence to them.”


Marcus Clyde is a freshman art major from Charlotte, North Carolina.

He is passionate about drawing and hopes to gain experience here at the Spectator while showcasing his talents to the VSU community.

Please enjoy his first comic strip dedicated to all the VSU 2021 graduates.

The VSU Spectator introduces new cartoonist Marcus Clyde.

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