Tracker Pixel for Entry

​Peter Yuenger and the daily grind

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Arts | December 27th, 2017

Daily TrumpHigh Plains Reader: How did the idea for Daily Trump Cartoon come to you -- what was your call to action?

Peter Yuenger: It wasn't really a call to action, It was more of a New Year’s resolution to get back in the habit of drawing or doing some sort of art every day. The first few days after the election I realized that we would be dealing with "crowd sizes” and "alternative facts" on a daily basis, so I started drawing the ridiculousness.

The first few were just in my journal, but upon insistence of a friend, I started an Instagram page to share them, so I dedicated myself to lambasting 45 to the best of my abilities. It's become a sort of therapy for dealing with these exciting times. What a time to be alive! Haha!

HPR: What is your news source of choice? In this day and age it's more and more difficult to find a news source you can trust.

PY: Well, I don't have cable, thank goodness. I rarely watch TV. I can't believe how anybody can watch those inane 24 hour news channels. I enjoy The Daily Show and Last Week Tonight. That's not real news though I do believe there's truth in satire. It's more real than the 24-hour channels.

For cartoon ideas, I rarely need more than his Twitter or an oddball quote. If I am going to watch news it's most likely to be the TYT network on YouTube, or other independent news.

HPR: Is there one cartoon that resonates within you more than others?

PY: I like most of them, There's a handful that have been pretty clever, in my opinion. It’s hard to single one out, of the 335 I've made so far, but most recently I really liked my "all in the family" theme song parody, with 45 and Roy Moore singing at the piano, reminiscing about how "gee, the slave trade sure was great, those were the days!"

HPR: Is there a cartoon that resonated with your audience more than others--that you can think of?

PY: The whole kneeling protest debacle with the NFL led to my most popular cartoon. It's The mango gordo yelling at a kneeling NFL player "YOU! Stop disrespecting our flag!” Whilst wiping his butt crack with the USA flag. It got more than 1600 likes in 24 hours! I was quite surprised! It also garnered me 600+ followers in that one day.

HPR: A daily cartoon is ambitious. Do you ever find it difficult to come up with material or do you find that the cartoons write themselves?

PY: Ha ha, yeah, sometimes he makes it real easy. He really is an embarrassment of riches. I'll usually mull over the day’s material and write down notes or thumbnails of some ideas, for when I have time to sketch them out. Sometimes ideas don't come until I start drawing. If nothing else, I can draw him speaking one of his tweets, it's instant ridiculousness.

HPR: What's your art background?

PY: I always have been into visual arts, I remember taking art classes at the local community college summer "college for kids" program when I was very young. I was always drawing growing up. My room was plastered with drawings and cartoon characters (mostly Garfield!).

I took all the art classes I could in middle and high school, Then I pursued and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Moorhead State. After trying painting and sculpture, I settled into printmaking -- my concentration was primarily lithography. I also earned a minor in Art History. I really feel lucky that I was able to go to MSU in the late 90's and learn from such talented instructors like Deborah Mae Broad, Carl Oltvedt, Lyle Laskie, John Offut, Tim Ray and others that I'm ashamed I don't recall their names.

HPR: How have your comics been received--have you gotten much feedback on them?

PY: It's overwhelming positive, I get a good amount of likes and positive comments every day. Sometimes I'm shared or retweeted by some editorial cartoon pages. Which is nice. Hopefully with practice I'll be much better at them.

HPR: How often do you find yourself getting trolled on your IG account?

PY: Surprisingly not often, I've had a couple short-term ones, but my followers seem to chase them away with rational arguments. Haha. They are welcome to come try.

HPR: Do you have any Trump predictions for 2018?

PY: Beyond embarrassing our country? Word salads. The greatest and best very very good word salads that you and frankly anyone has ever seen. The best. Believe me.

YOU SHOULD KNOW

Instagram- #dailytrumptoon

Twitter - @dailytrumptoon 

Recently in:

FARGO – At times, William Henry Hoehn’s conspiracy to murder trial flows like an episode from “Law & Order.” Jurors and observers are on seat edges, necks craned, listening to Hoehn’s mumbling lies and hesitant admissions…

by Ryan Jankeryanjanke@hpr1.comPhoto by Anne BradleyValkyries of the Valley will invade the North Dakota Apartment Wrestling Federation (NDAWF) for Brawl-esque, a variety show that will be held at Prairie Brothers Brewing Company…

Best Bets

Spirit Talk

by HPR Staff

Thursday, September 27, 7-9 p.m.Homewood Suites by Hilton Fargo, 2021 16th St N., FargoGet in touch with the other side! Sunny Dawn Johnston will help you reach the spirit world in this two-hour, eye-opening event. This is a group…

It’s bad enough when his word versus her word regarding sexual assault gets out in a high school hallway, but can you imagine it spreading throughout the national news media? Imagine reliving those events every time you turn on…

We failed to educate the players of “flag” footballI passed all of the American history courses in Morrison County District 54, Little Falls High School, and Moorhead State Teachers College, but I’m often appalled about what…

FARGO - A collection of memories from High Plains Reader's annual Cocktail Showdown. Participants were judged on creativity, flavor, and presentation; and this year we added a new category. Like years before, each establishment was…

by Ryan Jankeryanjanke@hpr1.comAs I sat across from my wife at Himalayan Yak Tuesday evening, it dawned on me that time had slowed down. So often when we go out to eat, we are in a hurry. We get anxious when we aren’t greeted…

Music

Back in the saddle

by Sabrina Hornung

After a long hiatus members of Teenage Lobotomy reunited for the first time in 22 years at Center Fest in Robinson North Dakota this summer. With influences such as Husker Du and the Circle Jerks their high energy immediately had…

Director Craig William Macneill speculates on the infamous legend surrounding Massachusetts murder suspect Lizzie Borden in “Lizzie,” a long-germinating labor of love for star Chloe Sevigny. Working from a screenplay by Bryce…

It may be cliche to say the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, but when wet plate artist Shane Balkowitsch found out that his 15-year-old daughter Abby Balkowitsch was following in his photography footsteps, he was…

by Stella Mehlhoffstellamehlhoff@gmail.com“Our mission is to invigorate civic conversation through intimate and transformative storytelling.” This statement posted on Theatre B’s website and tacked to their studio wall in…

In the approximately three years I’ve been writing for the High Plains Reader it seems I’ve always circled back to comedian Adam Quesnell. First, I wrote about his farewell show before he set out from Fargo and the comedy…

When walking into the new space on 1st Ave N that now houses Drekker brewing, one can only say, “Wow.” The majesty of the interior is unprecedented for a brewery in the region and provides a feeling of awe and astonishment.…

I’m a big man, I’m tall and powerful, but this also causes some issues in the body department. I suffer from acute scoliosis in my lower back, and pain radiates from this area on a daily basis. I have only ever had one massage…

By Melissa Martinmelissamartincounselor@live.comThink back to one of your worst small decisions. Then answer the following questions:How did you make the decision?What happened after the decision?When did you know it was the worst…

by Andrew Alexis Varvelmr.a.alexis.varvel@gmail.com“If a piece of equipment purchased in the 1920s is kept up and can guarantee, at present, an operable rate close to 100 percent and if it can bear the production burden placed on…