This Week’s Cartoon: “All Food Recalled”

If this one looks a little familiar, that’s because I drew it during the Great Peanut Butter Scare of ’09. I didn’t need to change a thing in order to use it again.

I’m not recycling it out of laziness, though. I’m having knee surgery on Friday, and trips to the doctor and other knee-related activities have hampered cartoon production. I’ve been avoiding talking about it online because, frankly, I’m tired of thinking about knees (which were designed by a complete idiot, by the way). But I suppose you faithful SlowpokeBlog readers deserve to know.

From the original “All Food Recalled” blog post:

For the second panel, I was trying to think of the grossest things one could possibly find in a food processing factory. What sprang to mind was the time I was in a grocery store in Pennsylvania, and I thought to look at the ingredients on a tin of scrapple. And there I saw it: the word “SNOUTS.” Snouts, I tell you! That’s where they wind up! As you can see, that moment left an indelible impression on me. Seeing as fresh snouts are apparently perfectly edible, I made the snouts in my cartoon rotten and slick with Astroglide, as though employees had been engaging in some very strange kink right next to the conveyor belt.


  • John

    Definitely still topical.

    The book Fast Food Nation (not the movie) came right out and said that US food quality suffers worst under Republican administrations. That was in 2001.

    After the 8-year reign of the most secretive, corporate-subservient administration in living memory, you have to wonder if even Eric Schlosser’s mind would be blown by the ugly secrets that we are eating.

    Sorry about your knee. There is very poor regulation in the knee factory, too.

  • sandy

    Good luck with your surgery and recovery! And beware of the food at the hospital–hopefully there’s no snouts in it!!

  • Bill

    The snouts panel reminds me of a Robert Crumb cartoon from the late 70s or early 80s, one of his comics about old blues guys. Someone is visiting an old blues guy in his little house and he’s eating pig snouts. One panel shows the blues guy proffering a snout, dripping with grease on the end of a fork, saying “Snoots! Snoots!” I don’t remember who the blues guy was or who was visiting him (probably some young white blues afficionado), but I remember that panel vividly 30 years after first seeing it.


  • Mr. Mayes

    May you have a speedy recovery!

  • Tom

    I thought it looked familiar, but only because I remembered the Astroglide (which reminded me of somebody I broke up way back when….). But, yes, STILL very topical.

    We have a backyard garden but we’re fighting a tough drought here.

    And yes, good luck with the knee. Hope you have access to a hot tub. It’s not necessary, it just makes ya feel good while resting up after something like that. I had arthroscopic surgery for chondomalacia 26 years ago, and the doctors tell me “Oh yeah, sometimes it comes back with a vengeance.” I shrug, figure I had fun in the meantime, and deal with it.

  • Jen Sorensen

    Thanks for the good wishes, everyone. I tore my ACL skiing. Basically, our legs are held together with flimsy rubber bands.

    Hopefully I won’t be in the hospital long enough to encounter any snouts.

  • Tony

    I thought snouts were full of cartilaginous goodness… Good luck with the surgery and a speedy recovery.

  • Matt

    Hope the surgery went well! I’ve made it to 47 without any knee problems, I think mainly by avoiding exercise at every opportunity.

  • Jen Sorensen

    Thanks — so far, so good. Yeah, you’re damned if you do exercise and damned if you don’t.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.