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“Now it feels like home!” (cartoon by Mike Mount)

There’s no place like home. Especially if you’re from one of the safest, happiest, fittest, most climate resilient, most livable, most Millennial- and renter-friendly places in the United States.

This month’s Mike Mount cartoon hits on some familiar notes to make the point that, even on a deserted island, an Arlingtonian might find themselves trying to figure out ways to feel more connected to our fair county.

See Mike’s local ‘toons in the ARLnow Press Club weekend edition newsletter.

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“Making a reality TV show out of this will not help with public support.” (Cartoon by Mike Mount)

This month’s Mike Mount creation references the ongoing debate over if and how to cull deer in Arlington.

Coincidentally, the Arlington County Civic Federation is holding an online town hall on the topic tonight, from 7-8 p.m. The deer decision has prompted strong feelings among those in favor of a cull, by sharpshooters or otherwise, and those who want non-lethal options.

A deer management reality show, however, might not attract much support. See Mike’s local ‘toons in the ARLnow Press Club weekend edition newsletter.

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“The Arlington nail-filled tire. The perfect holiday gift with so many uses.” (Cartoon by Mike Mount)

This month’s Mike Mount creation references a very specific driving experience that is unfortunately not uncommon in these parts.

“The constant nails in the tire, thanks to all of the construction and unpoliced construction dumpsters,” Mike said of the topic. “Seems to be a thing for a lot of people I talk to around here.”

See Mike’s local ‘toons in the ARLnow Press Club weekend edition newsletter.

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“The one thing that unites most of north and south Arlington.”

This month’s Mike Mount creation is more of a graphic than a cartoon.

People in Arlington, like people in many communities, enjoy complaining about certain things. Now imagine a house in Arlington so perfectly configured that you basically have an endless supply of things to complain about. That’s what is depicted above.

See Mike’s local ‘toons in the ARLnow Press Club weekend edition newsletter.

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“No, there is not a pumpkin spice option for crab seasoning.” (Cartoon by Mike Mount)

As noted in our Morning Poll last week, pumpkin spice season slipped even earlier this year.

About 62% of you said it was “way too early.” And yet! People are clearly buying it, talking about it, and even making videos about its inexplicable cultural allure.

This month’s Mike Mount cartoon puts the pumpkin spice juggernaut in a uniquely Arlington context.

See all of Mike’s local ‘toons in the ARLnow Press Club weekend edition newsletter.

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“This is the alleged lewd behavior in the woods guy. He’s claiming the new pickleball courts have intruded on his privacy.” (cartoon by Mike Mount)

In honor of the one-month anniversary of this article, we give you a new Mike Mount cartoon.

In case you don’t get the reference, it also riffs on some of the controversy over the Walter Reed pickleball courts.

There has been little additional news about the repeat indecent exposure suspect since our last article, though a few days later we did pick up some scanner traffic suggesting that police were actively working the case and might have identified a perpetrator.

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“No honey, I’m pretty sure you can’t blame this on Dan Snyder.” (Cartoon by Mike Mount)

You knew it was coming. This week’s Mike Mount cartoon is about that controversial Missing Middle vote last week.

Tired of reading about it? Well, might want to steel yourself this week, as ARLnow has a series of follow up articles planned. And it’s clearly what many locals are continuing to talk about (in real life and in cartoon form).

See all of Mike’s local ‘toons in the now-monthly ARLnow Press Club weekend edition newsletter.

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“I’m not sure what meme face to post about how I’m currently feeling towards the Arlington School Board. Ben Affleck at the Grammys or Marjorie Taylor Green at the State of the Union.”

Being a school board member is a tough job, which perhaps explains why it can sometimes be difficult to find candidates who want to run for the position.

Nonetheless, elected officials in charge of steering a large public school system are not immune from criticism, no matter how thankless the job may be.

This week’s Mike Mount cartoon takes two recent memes and imagines them as the potential representation of current feelings towards the Arlington School Board, in light of a stretch that saw a fatal in-school overdose, a possible armed trespasser and other school news of note.

See all of Mike’s local ‘toons in the now-monthly ARLnow Press Club weekend edition newsletter.

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“I’m pretty sure Ticketmaster is running the Arlington summer camp sign up site.”

This month’s Mike Mount cartoon takes on two hot button issues: Taylor Swift’s concert ticket debacle and Arlington’s ongoing camp registration saga.

The website crashes suffered by Ticketmaster as millions of Swifties tried to secure tickets to her latest tour are reminiscent of those caused by Arlington parents eager to get their kids in coveted county summer camp slots.

As we reported last week, Arlington parks department officials are promising further improvements in the registration process and technology, but so far the clicking fingers of local moms and dads are undefeated.

See of Mike Mount’s local ‘toons in the ARLnow Press Club weekend newsletter. Your membership supports our reporting and includes the daily Early Morning Notes newsletter, previewing the stories we’re planning to cover that day.

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“I’ve lived in Arlington for at least six Audrey Clement election attempts.”

This month’s Mike Mount cartoon gently ribs Arlington’s most prolific candidate for local office: Audrey Clement.

Clement, who we’ve covered since she first ran more than a decade ago, has thus far been unsuccessful in her nearly annual quest for seats on the Arlington County Board and school board. But she remains undeterred, and is hoping to win over voters with an anti-Missing Middle housing message this year.

Perhaps this is the year for Clement and, as the cartoon suggests, residents will no longer be able to keep track of their Arlington tenure by counting the hats she has tossed in the ring.

See of Mike Mount’s local ‘toons in the ARLnow Press Club weekend newsletter. Your membership supports our reporting and includes the daily Early Morning Notes newsletter, previewing the stories we’re planning to cover that day.

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