Welcome to the world of Creative Loafing cartoonist Jim Hunt. Hunt is as much a part of CL as the ink we print with, and the holidays wouldn't be the same around here without our annual "Best of Jim Hunt" cartoon compendium.
For years, Hunt has captured the irony, the hypocrisy and the comedy of the local political scene in his cartoons, regularly spattering our pages with spoofs of everyone from Charlotte Area Transit System transit czar Ron Tober to right-wing Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James.
Hunt finds humor in places you'd least expect, like his own foyer, where he met his teenage daughter's new beau -- who also happened to be James' son.
In addition to his years with CL, Hunt has tooned and illustrated for Variety, the Washington Times, NASCAR, the Christian Science Monitor and MSNBC to name a few.
He lives along the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Md., with the women he describes as "my beautiful wife and daughters Chelsea and Isabella."
We hope you'll enjoy this visual trip through the local and national highlights of 2006 as told through the pen of Hunt.
-- Tara Servatius
See also, Behind the Pen: the cartoonist talks.