Editorial Cartoon: Colorado Memorial

Editorial Cartoon Dark Knight Shootings

Today’s editorial cartoon memorializes all those who senselessly were the victims of a crazed shooter in Colorado during a midnight screening of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises”.  Don’t know if this is too harsh an image for some but I didn’t want to sugar coat the tragedy either.  My heart goes out to all the victims’ families this week.  No more to say.

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  1. What has happened is so ugly and violent that no image can be harhser than that…very depressing the state of affairs ,the state of human heart..they way people play with guns and take lives..

  2. Friggin Loon says:

    Brilliant Bearman. Thoughts and prayers to all involved, including the killer’s parents who are also victims in this tragedy.

  3. Scott says:

    Not too harsh an image for me–just poignant.

    What amazes me most is that everything in the cartoon looks like a cartoon, except the blood–which looks almost real. Excellent work.

  4. Deb says:

    Thoughts and prayers for all involved.

  5. Unfortunately, Batman has now been criminalized. I’m off to vote!

  6. Very nice sir. I read a good word of advice from Ty Templeton: do not watch or read anything about the shooter. If he gets his name remembered and gets recognized, he gets what he wants. Honor the victims and their stories. Know him only as “the shooter”.

    • Bearman says:

      Thanks Warren. Which has bugged me since it came out that most of the talk has been about the guy or gun control. Let’s remember the victims.

      Hope your anniversary dinner went great.

  7. Bo Lumpkin says:

    The scary thing is that there is no way to protect people from crazy. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. Good job Bearman.

    • Bearman says:

      Yet we spend our time talking about gun control versus mental health issues when this happens. As you said, hard to protect people from Crazy.

      • Binky says:

        Too many violent crazies out there.

      • Bo Lumpkin says:

        As i said twice today on two other sights concerning this sort of thing, The only thing that can stop bad and crazy people with guns is good and sane people with guns. Sadly sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.

      • Bingo! That’s always what I say in these circumstances: who saw the signs and signals before-hand. As a teacher, I know we see early signs as early as kindergarten. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough funding to get the proper help for everyone. I can tell you, every teacher that I know helps fix the problem to the best of their ability.

        And yes, dinner was fantastic!

  8. Tim Green says:

    Words really can’t express the sorrow that goes along with such a senseless tragedy. I think your cartoon says it all.

  9. Well done sir! Not harsh at all. Truth is sometimes hard to hear or see, but it needs to be said/seen.

  10. Nate Fakes says:

    Good job, Bearman! Very poignant image.

  11. DadaHyena says:

    Very nice job, Bearman.

  12. Comedy Plus says:

    Very well done and very well said. We live in such a crazy world.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  13. Mark Stokes says:

    A fitting tribute, Bearman. Well done.

  14. jynksie says:

    I found it very moving actually. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go flush the estrogen out of my eyes! [blinks]

  15. Tony McGurk says:

    Nicely done Bearman. I agree with Warren. Too often these psychos are given too much attention by the media which no doubt makes them feel important in their own sick twisted minds. The innocent victims & their families are the important ones to remember. To do such a thing is a disgusting way to make a name for himself. He’s a piece of lowlife scum, nothing more, so lets hope the media remembers that.

    • Bearman says:

      Already they are hashing out the fact that he dyed his hair red like the joker. I already don’t care about him or his fate.

  16. Miss R says:

    This is haunting and beautiful, in both your work, the message and the tragedy. Voted for this on The Cartoonist Studio.
    Thank you so much for creating this Bearman.

  17. G. B. Miller says:

    Very sad and very tragic. The unfortunate thing about the movie is that it will now forever be associated with someone’s very sick and twisted act. Just like the movie “Taxi Driver”.

    And I agree with you and the Governor of Colorado, to call this sick F by his name is to give him what he craves.

    Don’t feed the need.

  18. starla says:

    I think it is fine not too harsh. I think it a willingness to face what happened honestly. It is so Sad. Watching the gunman on TV yesterday was so strange.

    I voted. Great job on doing so well. It’s nice to celebrate your successes with you.

  19. starla says:

    By the way, the blood on this cartoon looked so real!

  20. Jande says:

    One of the things that keeps me coming back here is your basic decency, Bearman. The image you created for this heart-rending topic has class. That’s something rare these days. It’s a simple beautiful visual statement that extracts the essence of what happened, mourns the victims, and makes the heart ache. Every time I look at it I cry a little. I like the touch you added by leaving out the word “Knight” on the ticket. Thanks for this, Bearman. <3
    Also: voted. I've been trying to make up for lost time in the voting.

  21. Jande says:

    Gah! Sorry, but I meant to say you left out the word “Rises”. *thumps forehead* Can you fix that for me please so I don’t look so much like the old fool I am? :`P

  22. George says:

    This was a great tribute, Bearman. Tasteful and heartfelt.

  23. I wish the media wouldn’t broadcast this guy’s face and name. Too much attention.

  24. Scooter says:

    Well done. As a Colorado resident and a fellow webcomicer…thanks for keeping it classy.

  25. Jenn says:

    Tragedy in an unlikely and horrifying situation. My heart goes out to them and great tribute…

  26. I think it is a fine tribute, everyone has different ways of remembering.

  27. Dr. Cynicism says:

    It was a crazy, shocking, and sad thing man. Any memorial is a good thing, and yours is top notch.

  28. This new Batman movie will always be tied to the shooting. It’s too bad. It will be ten years from now…”The Dark Night was a great film….remember the shooting?”

  29. blunt says:



    not your cartoon…

    srsly, can’t even believe all that. evil.

  30. Cha says:

    Nice design.
    But I agree, awful and tragic story… poor people. How can we let that happen? 🙁

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