Rick’s Cafe Michigain…

Originally published in the Ann Abor News, Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, Saginaw News
June 17, 2012

This scene from Casablanca is something of an old-school editorial cartooning standard (to the point of cliché), and I really, really try to avoid cliché. I also try to avoid old-school because 30 years ago knowledge of Casablanca was regarded as common knowledge — nowadays, I’m sure I absolutely confused a large chunk of readers. (Here’s a clip of what I was vamping on.)

But it was so perfect — from the bald-faced hypocrisy of the opposition to new bridge to Canada to the fact that Governor Snyder’s first name is Rick. But where this all started was me seeing a picture of Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun and thinking he looks a lot like Peter Lorre. (Peter. Peter Lorre. Creepy little guy in all those old movies. Don’t tell me you don’t remember him!…)


  1. Kris said,

    June 19, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Another Peter Lorre-type guy = Mesut Ozil from the German UEFA team. Ian and I noticed that and were quoting Lorre’s lines from ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’.

  2. John said,

    June 20, 2012 @ 6:52 am

    I would love to see/hear Ian doing a Peter Lorre!

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