This out-of-the-ordinary graphic conveyed news of Soviet power and persecution by dominating the headline with a large bear dressed up in a Russian military uniform gripping the article's borders and peering out at readers.
This graphic showed Central America as dominos for a newspaper article on how the drug trade and civil war in El Salvador cascaded to surrounding countries .
Less is more
When Oregon's Governor proposed cuts to the state's higher education budget in 1982, the University of Oregon's Student Lobby protested at the State Legislature. My editorial cartoon for the student newspaper likened their efforts to a Volkswagen sideswiping a Cadillac.
Time to move
When the annual Civil War football game between the University of Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers disappointed fans in 1981, my editorial cartoon unapologetically reduced the two teams to grade-schoolers playing dice on the 50 yard line.
Race for the roses
This two-color graphic showed the PAC-10 mascots scrawling across the page in order of their predicted likelihood of going to the Rose Bowl.
This newspaper graphic proposed a new diversionary board game called World War III. It was a satire of the nuclear arms race and cold war tensions being played out at the time between the US and Soviet Union.
Fall Orientation cover
My earlier work on two-color cover pages for the Fall Preview edition of Oregon Daily Emerald student newspaper was such a success, the paper welcomed students back to campus with a beefy, four-color Fall Orientation edition using the same treatment.
A repelling thought
This graphic used perspective to put a tiny key chain tear gas canister in the face of newspaper readers.
The Elegant Duck
For a full poster-sized front page of the University of Oregon student newspaper's 1981 Fall Fashion Supplement titled The Elegant Duck, I gave the University's ducky mascot an air of flair by playing on the New Yorker magazine's iconic dandy Eustice Tilley peering at a butterfly.
Fall preview cover
When the Oregon Daily Emerald student newspaper editors wanted to kick off the student year with a flashy two-color Fall preview edition, I created two full-page graphics with a collage of scenes representing campus life.
University crucial to local business
To illustrate the extent many businesses in Eugene, OR depended on an unpredictable campus population for survival, I showed a small skinny business person barely clinging to the rocks of a narrow ledge of an alpine trail.
The olde Oregon Trail
In this editorial cartoon, a scrawny, blinder-wearing student is hitched to an antiquated wagon of institutional bloat and motivated to slog along a wasteful muddy trail by the diploma dangled in front of his nose by a well-fed University president.
This student newspaper article introduced University of Oregon readers to hand-and-foot-powered bicycle. My graphic gave the innovation a bit more personality than a photograph.
My seven years of study among the upper Willamette Valley inhabitants qualified me to identify the elusive Eugenian species by several distinct characteristics in this illustration for a student newspaper article on the subject.
When the University of Oregon student newspaper wrote an article on the arrival of cable TV to Eugene, Oregon, my graphic showed beer-drinking white male couch potatoes on cloud nine able to binge-watch the new programming 24 hours a day.
This article needed a map to highlight where to find a new running trail along a Willamette River park in Eugene, Oregon. My graphic gave readers a mental map of what to look for when they arrived at the trail by closely replicating the look and feel of the trail's signage.
This cartoon for a newspaper article on the deficiencies of a Liberal Arts major in a technological age showed a perplexed student looking at math scribbles on a chalk board.
Campus thieves thrive
University of Oregon's Campus Security and Eugene City Police wanted the student newspaper to write an article encouraging students to be more active about reporting campus thefts. My graphic attempted to get the point across with humor.
Losses increase hospital bills
Hospitals around Eugene, Oregon in 1981 were rationalizing their rate increases by pointing out their losses. Figuring readers would appreciate a sarcastic view of the situation, my graphic showed a cheery physician pointing out the obvious with a cheesy smile.
The University of Oregon generated revenue in summer by opening up its dormitories to conference attendees. My contribution to this groundbreaking space-filling news was this graphic of people with luggage in a registration line reading brochures.
Postal Service decision
This University of Oregon student newspaper article made a big deal out of an increase in the cost of postage stamps. But a raise of two cents after ten years of 18 cents sounded more pragmatic than traumatic, so my graphic downplayed the drama and simply exaggerated the fact of the change.
Another one for the budget
When the unlucky 13th University of Oregon president was sworn in, my editorial cartoon suggested the University's financial hole was big enough to make anyone at the party have a second, third or thirteenth drink before getting started on the job.
When 'deadheads' inundated Eugene for a Grateful Dead concert at Autzen Stadium, the University of Oregon newspaper reported on the rise in uninvited guests freeloading off of the dorms with my invasion of privacy cartoon.
As Summer produce entered full-season in Oregon's Willamette Valley, local farmers urged the University of Oregon student newspaper to write an article that helped get people out to their fields. My graphic played on the article's recruitment theme.
This graphic of a barefoot girl collapsed on the floor for the University of Oregon student newspaper attempted to capture the sense of warmth in despair created by the story's author.
New coalition backs candidates
For this University of Oregon student newspaper article covering student elections, my flag graphic was a quick and easy way for readers to identify the topic's content at a glance.
Area drownings increase
This graphic about water hazards riffed on an iconic movie poster of a predatory great white coming up from the deep to swallow an unsuspecting human.
Job supply remains low
My graphic for a student newspaper article on the impacts of the national economic downturn attempted to make the numbers less boring by building on the idea of employment as a heartbeat passing through a container of different employment sectors.
This was my first "serious" graphic for a student newspaper article which showed a map to a new tool library in a renovated house near the University of Oregon campus. Instead of a typical street map, I thought readers might get more from a 3D aerial perspective.
Tuition due to rise
This was the first of several articles that brought attention to tuition hikes while I was graphics editor at the University of Oregon student newspaper. It was also my first cartoon, hacked out in a crude attempt to mimic my predecessor's satirical style.
Part time work as a member of the University of Oregon student newspaper's editorial board creating a wide range of oft experimental and opinion-laced graphics.