john ashcroft

Ten years ago, I purchased ad space in my hometown newspaper.  I told the rep that the unit looked like an ad, but it was really a cartoon.  She said, “great, whatever, just send it to us with a check.” A few days later, they returned my check with no explanation.

Feeling rejected, I met with editor of The Street Sheet–San Francisco’s poverty fighting newspaper.  He offered to run it for free, and Snake Oil cartoon became a regular feature there for the next five years.  Today it is viewed across the world (America, really, plus one guy in Amsterdam).

Here is the first ever Snake Oil cartoon that appeared in print in June of 2003.  Still timely…