Rob Tornoe

Rob Tornoe is a local cartoonist and columnist, and can be seen in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Press of Atlantic City, The News Journal, and the Dover Post chain of newspapers. He's also a contributor to Media Matters and WHYY. Web site: Twitter: @RobTornoe

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Wilmington kids being taught the lesson of failure

Filed in Delaware by on February 13, 2015 45 Comments

“ChipAs I sat down to draw a cartoon about the ongoing feud between Governor Jack Markell and the Christina School District, I realized pretty quickly I had a problem.

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It’s been 20 years. Time to raise Delaware’s gas tax

Filed in Delaware by on February 9, 2015 62 Comments

“ChipI’m supposed to believe drivers could afford that extra dollar a gallon last year, but an extra dime or so today would be devastating?

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What blizzard?

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 27, 2015 3 Comments
What blizzard?

<a href=""><img class="thumbnail large" src="" alt="“Chip" /></a>The most surprising fact about Monday night's nor'easter is the 11 inches of snow it dropped in Delaware was the exact same color as pavement.

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Mayor Williams and the “Charlie Brown” effect

Filed in Delaware by on January 16, 2015 4 Comments

“ChipMayor Williams really rubbed me the wrong way when he appeared on Rick Jensen’s WDEL radio show and boldly… complained about being the victim of bad press from the News Journal.

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Charlie Hebdo massacre won’t scare cartoonists

Filed in International by on January 7, 2015 3 Comments

“Chip“Mohammed isn’t sacred to me. I don’t blame Muslims for not laughing at our drawings. I live under French law. I don’t live under Quranic law,”

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Happy New Year, Murder Town USA

Filed in Delaware by on December 31, 2014 0 Comments

“ChipPeople can bury their heads in the sand and say Newsweek was being hyperbolic, but when the state’s top prosecutor says “Murder Town” is accurate, you’ve got problems.

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Should Atlantic City trust Chris Christie?

Filed in National by on November 18, 2014 3 Comments

“Chris Christie Atlantic City cartoon TornoeA funny thing happened while Chris Christie was galavanting around the country securing support for his inevitable Presidential run – Atlantic City imploded.

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Suffering an Election hangover

Filed in Delaware by on November 7, 2014 2 Comments

“ChipBREAKING: Kevin “Ebola” Wade has announced he’s running again for a seat in front of a right-wing talk radio microphone.

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Kevin Wade – Fear and Ebola

Filed in Delaware by on October 30, 2014 7 Comments

“ChipKevin Wade has chosen to abandon his campaign against Chris Coons, and instead started to run against science.

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Chip Flowers clown show running out of gas

Filed in Delaware by on August 14, 2014 11 Comments

“ChipAt this point, I truly feel bad for Flowers, someone whose public buffoonery undermines his feverish political ambition.

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #15: Meet Fluffy Wumpkins

Filed in National by on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

Shore cats hotelsEveryone knows cats make the worst hotel guests. Especially when they’re not used to traveling.

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #12: Don’t block my view with dunes!

Filed in National by on July 21, 2014 2 Comments

Shore Dunes rich people beach Hurricane SandyMy wife Kristen actually Googled “Dumb things rich people do” for help with this comic’s punchline. The results were an equal dose of amusing and unbelievable.

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In Wilmington, bullets and violence

Filed in Delaware by on July 14, 2014 13 Comments

Wilmington gun violence

Wednesday night, 27-year-old Otis Saunders was gunned down in Wilmington, the city’s 15th homicide victim this year.

While police seek answers behind this latest death, the answer to this question continues to elude everyone: how to reduce the violence?

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #6: Stronger than the storm

Filed in National by on July 8, 2014 1 Comment

Sandy Jersey Shore Bed and BreakfastDon’t blame me for getting “Stronger than the Storm” stuck in your head. I didn’t write it.

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #5: Happy Fourth of July

Filed in National by on July 4, 2014 0 Comments

Fireworks Fourth of July Beach Shore Independence DayFireworks are always better at the beach (especially when they’re not washed out by some damn hurricane).

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #4: Welcome to North Lower Bayheightsville

Filed in National by on July 2, 2014 0 Comments

Shore beach funnel cake french fries ice creamOn a hot summer day at the beach, is anything better than a slice of pizza, a funnel cake and an ice cream? Check out episode #4 of “It’s a Shore Thing.”

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #3: Time for some traffic problems

Filed in National by on June 30, 2014 0 Comments

Shore beach traffic New Jersey bed and breakfast Tornoe cartoonThe Featherstones just received an email from an anonymous Christie staffer which reads, “Time for some traffic problems.” Check out episode 3 of “It’s a Shore Thing.”

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #2: Packing up for the Shore

Filed in National by on June 27, 2014 1 Comment

Shore the beach, Down the Shore Bed and Breakfast Tornoe cartoonThe Featherstones pack up everything and prepare for their journey to the Shore. Check out episode 2 of “It’s a Shore Thing.”

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Check out my new webcomic ‘It’s a Shore Thing’

Filed in National by on June 25, 2014 7 Comments

It's a Shore Thing Tornoe cartoonToday, my amazingly-funny wife Kristen and I launched our new webcomic, “It’s a Shore Thing,” over at the super-cool

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Gridlock, thy name is Wilmington

Filed in Delaware by on June 20, 2014 1 Comment

I-495 bridge I-95 traffic WilmingtonEver since the closing of the I-495 bridge (surprisingly not named after some local politician), a quick daily check of traffic through Wilmington on Google Maps reveals more red than an episode of “Game of Thrones.”

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What happens when you’re in a Twitter ‘spat’ with Chip Flowers and don’t even know it?

Filed in Delaware by on May 27, 2014 33 Comments
What happens when you’re in a Twitter ‘spat’ with Chip Flowers and don’t even know it?

According to Jonathan Starkey over at the News Journal, I was in a Twitter spat with Chip Flowers over a tweet I sent on Sunday about one of his challengers, Sean Barney, getting a choice spot on msnbc while the network scrambled to cover President Obama’s surprise visit to Afghanistan. Apparently, Flowers wasn’t too keen on my innocent joke that he was “pissed” at Barney’s free airtime (or, in true Flowers fashion, one of his employees was pissed, since he blamed the now-deleted tweet on an unnamed staffer). According to Flowers, Memorial Day is “above politics.”

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We deserve answers from Beau Biden

Filed in Delaware by on May 9, 2014 9 Comments

Beau Biden Tornoe cartoon Governor sickBy now, everyone’s heard the news that Beau Biden, our intrepid attorney general and holder of the royal Biden coattails, has decided not to run for re-election and will instead focus on becoming Delaware’s next governor. But there’s a lot being left unsaid.

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Delaware’s Bloomdoggle

Filed in Delaware by on March 24, 2014 4 Comments

Bloom energy Delaware surchargeIt seems more and more Markell’s economic policy is to lean on the little guy, instead of counting on the so-called job creators and captains of industry to do anything other than count their well-stacked piles of money.

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Forget the Sixers, watch the Blue Hens

Filed in Delaware by on March 11, 2014 2 Comments

Delaware Blue Hens NCAA tournamentI think I’ll just watch a replay of the Blue Hens victory instead of the next Sixers game. Thrilling always trumps tanking.

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Get off my lawn, snow!

Filed in Delaware by on February 14, 2014 0 Comments

Delaware-Snow-stormIs it really my job as a cartoonist to remind folks they should be miserable about all this snow?

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