The Swarm

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About Rex Babin

Rex Babin got his start as an editorial cartoonist while crawling around on the linoleum floor of his family's Walnut Creek, California, home where he would crush various Crayola crayons against the kitchen walls, occasionally stuffing a burnt sienna up his nose or dropping a lemon yellow down his diaper.  Naturally, he moved with ease to the next medium ¬-- finger paints. Prior to joining The Bee in 1999, he was the editorial cartoonist for the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., and The Denver Post in Colorado.  In 2003, Rex was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

July 12, 2010
Toon Tease
Here's a preview scribble for tomorrow morning's editorial cartoon.  Any guesses? 
Be sure to check out the opinion pages tomorrow to see the finished version.


May 26, 2010
PG&E: "I am Powerman!"

Hey kids!  Check out my latest animation on the continuing adventures of PG&E and proposition 16.

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May 14, 2010
Drill, baby, drill...
New animation up.  Check it out...

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May 7, 2010
Cartoonist Sighting
Be sure to swing by during Second Saturday.  I'll be exhibiting original works tomorrow maddog.jpgfrom 4PM to 8 in the courtyard of The Bee.
April 13, 2010
Toon Tease
Here's a preview scribble for tomorrow's editorial cartoon.  Any guesses? 
Be sure to check out the opinion pages tomorrow to see the finished version.power.jpg
February 23, 2010
Cartoonist sighting
For those who are interested, I'll be giving a talk tomorrow night at the Barnes and Noble on Arden Way.

Wednesday, February 24
7:00 - 9:00pm
Barnes And Noble
1725 Arden Way

February 4, 2010
Demon sheep and wood chippers
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It's only February, and California's campaigns have degenerated into talk of wood chippers and demon sheep.

At exactly 2:26 minutes into a video, a soon to be infamous "demon sheep" makes its appearance in one of the oddest campaign videos of all time. They must have been working long hours at Carly for California, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina's Senate campaign.

Prior to that point, in what we can only assume was to be an attack piece on one of Fiorina's Republican Senate primary rivals, Tom Campbell, the video was bad enough. It compared Campbell bizarrely in David Lynch-like fashion to a bunch of sheep.

But at the 2:26 point in the video, the 2010 election cycle got a new mascot so fitting for the weird world of campaign politics.


This came out in the same week that one of Meg Whitman's many consultants threatened to place Steve Poizner into a wood chipper in the Republican primary for governor.
And we thought Democrats were doomed to experience a mid-term drubbing.
If Californian Republican gubernatorial candidates, Whitman and Poizner think wood chippers are the ticket to higher office, the lone Democrat in the race, Jerry Brown stands to sweep up the wood pulp.
Or if Republicans think victory comes in the form of a T-1000 in a bunny suit, leaving "Call Me Senator" Barbara Boxer quaking in her go-go boots, they should think again.


--Rex Babin


February 1, 2010
New animation up.  Check it out.

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December 7, 2009
New animation up...  Check it out.
November 18, 2009
Write your own caption
Here's a link to the latest cartoon contest on the McClatchy DC website, where my national cartoons appear regularly.

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August 18, 2009
Big Wave
Today's 'toon on public employee pensions...
July 27, 2009
A brief history...
Sacramento's "Tent City" in my latest animated cartoon...
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July 22, 2009
Rib-eye, anyone?
Here's today's cartoon on Sunrise-Douglas:
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And here's what I said back in 2002:
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March 18, 2009
Write your own caption
Here's a link to a fun little contest on the McClatchy DC website, where my national cartoons appear regularly. 

March 6, 2009
March 3, 2009
Proposed site
February 24, 2009
Gone to pot
February 19, 2009
New slogan
February 17, 2009
Tour of California
February 12, 2009
Attorney General Moonbeam
Jerry Brown was in town yesterday speaking to the California Newspaper Publishers Association.  If you haven't already seen it, here's a link to my latest animated cartoon featuring the state attorney general...
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December 16, 2008
Maloofs goofed, again!
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How much you want to bet the Maloof brothers are wishing they could have Rick Adelman back?  Eight years in a row in the playoffs looks pretty good right about now.  But two wrongs don't make a right.  Right?
Reggie Theus' young team at times showed promise but was inconsistent.  Does that come as a surprise to anyone?  Giving any coach the daunting task of rebuilding a young team and not giving that coach time to do the job is a mistake.  Getting rid of Reggie Theus was another Maloof goof.


May 10, 2006 cartoon blast from the past!

November 20, 2008
The ubiquitous Kevin Johnson
Stuart's item yesterday reminded me of something I've been pondering for a while now.  It seems that Kevin Johnson's best single asset is that there are no less than seven of him, maybe eight, running around these days.  The guy is everywhere.  He's on The Colbert Report.  He's on NPR.  He's in Rancho.  He's getting his "official" tour of City Hall.

This factor, I believe, contributed to his getting elected as mayor earlier this month and, if harnessed properly, can help the new mayor provide energetic leadership in the days to come.

Now if we can only find the person responsible for cloning these multiple copies of Kevin Johnson...
November 4, 2008
In a Galaxy Far Away
CNN has just unveiled its much anticipated hologram gimmick with reporter Jessica Yellin doing her best Princess Leia impersonation.
October 27, 2008
Mayoral debate drinking game
We all know that bloggers everywhere play drinking games during the national debates. I propose we try one for tonight's Sacramento mayoral debate between incumbent Heather Fargo and challenger Kevin Johnson. 

Pick a word or phrase you'd expect each candidate to use frequently and take a sip of your favorite beverage whenever that candidate utters it.  Whoopee!  Judging by the way the campaign has gone, I wouldn't be surprised if each candidate chooses to "go negative" than lay out his or her plans for the city. 

So whenever Fargo or Johnson refers to "my opponent" or something to that effect I'm taking a swig.  Who's joining me?

About The Swarm

The Swarm is written by members of The Sacramento Bee's editorial board. They meet daily and are separate from the newsroom. Views included here are those of individual writers, and do not necessarily reflect those of a majority of the board or the positions expressed in The Bee's editorials.

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