Double Nickles on the Dime

So tomorrow, August 26, is my 55th birthday. It’s a funny thing: I never really expected that this birthday would feel like a benchmark. 21st birthday, 30th birthday, 40th birthday, even 50th birthday seem to make sense as more important than what some great punk band called double nickels on the dime. Whatever, these are all arbitrary constructs, just dates on the calendar.

As always, there are a lot of transitions. I’ve been working on a big new project I’ll be able to talk about soon. My priorities are being redirected and changing all the time. I’m expecting a major showdown with the Los Angeles Times, three years after they canned me, early next year. I’m currently working with my lawyers on the latest legal brief due to the court.

Anyway, I wanted to thank everyone who has supported my work, not necessarily financially, even through a friendly word or two. Art is a lonely job. There’s a lot of criticism. Not a lot of praise. So it’s really appreciated when it comes.

I won’t be mad if you don’t but if the spirit moves you I maintain an Amazon wish list – sorry, but it’s the easiest way to do this until some more progressive company does it — if you want to send me some goodies.

This entry was posted in Blog on by .

About Ted Rall

Ted Rall is the political cartoonist at, editor-in-chief of, a graphic novelist and author of many books of art and prose, and an occasional war correspondent. He is the author of the biography "Trump," to be published in July 2016.

11 thoughts on “Double Nickles on the Dime

  1. Happy Birthday, Ted.

    Thanks for all the great work, and for providing this forum.

    There’s always a couch here for ya in China. Cheers

    • «There’s always a couch here for ya in China.» May one be so bold as to inquire where in China that couch is couched, Aaron – China’s a big country….


      • Dalian, Liaoning province. A beautiful Tier-1 city on the beach. Rich Chinese have second homes here, and regular Chinese come here to vacation. I just step out my door and catch a $2.00 cab and in 15 minutes I’m drinking a beer on the beach. Come check it out. We’ll sing KTV. (I’m damned good!)

      • «Dalian, Liaoning province.» I remember from nearly four decades ago it as a beautiful town, Aaron, but I doubt I’d recognise it now….


      • «I remember from nearly four decades ago it» → «I remember it from nearly four decades ago» Damn, Ted, when are you going to convince your webmaster to give us poor readers a chance to correct typos ?!!…


  2. Happy birthday, Ted. Thank you for all you do and for being one of the few political cartoonists and columnists who’s always worth reading. I hope CounterPunch is treating you well.

    Do you have a Kindle? I hate enriching Jeff Bezos, but I use Kindle to download books so some overworked Amazon employee doesn’t have to retrieve it from a shelf.

  3. Happy Birthday, Ted.

    And wishes for the second half of your life to be even better than the first half. If anyone can, you are the guy who will figure out a way to do it.

    So, wishing you a happy double double nickel (110) now, too, just in case I don’t make it there.

    What does a person whose sense of humor convulses himself with laughter (but mostly only myself) say to an accomplished political humorist on his birthday?

    I don’t know. But Happy Birthday will have to do for now.


  4. Happy birthday, Ted!

    I’ll keep praising 95% and criticizing 5%. Best I can do.

    There’s an old joke: “growing older sucks, but it beats the alternative.” Here’s to hoping you keep growing older & writing & drawing & stuffs. :: downs shot of Jack ::

    – Big, bad, crazy man

    :: ‘nuther shot of Jack, just to make sure ::

Leave a Reply