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Shan Wells
Shan Wells is the political cartoonist for the Durango Telegraph, and a freelance illustrator, designer and sculptor, and represented nationally by Artizans Syndicate. He is also the recipient of a Pollock/Krasner Fellowship, as well as two Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowships for his drawings and sculpture.


Two compilations of his political cartoons, Bush's Nose, Retooned in the Durango Telegraph 2002-2010, and "What a lovely piece of land you have, my dear," are now available via Amazon.

Wells' other books include a collection of his When Animals Attack cartoons, and four picture books for children: Jumping the Grate and Jasmine Is A Gift, both written by Sharon Ray; Hug A Bug & And Dance With The Orange Cow, both written by Nancy Mills.

View an archive of Shan's work at, or get a weekly dose at

Entries by Shan Wells

Bernie Breaks it Down

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 1:49 AM


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Ted Cruz's True American Values

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 1:19 AM


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Only You Can Prevent Land Rape

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 1:54 AM


Colorado is a big state. There's lots of mountains, lots of skiing, and normally that's a good thing. Depending on how it's done, ski area enlargement and development can be good for a community. Or it can be problematic. Sometimes it can be...

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Calling the Bonfire Black

(9) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 2:01 AM

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Thanks. Given.

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 12:30 AM


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It Ain't Just a River in Egypt

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 4:53 PM


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The Bush Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 3:44 PM


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Creepy Critters

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 1:09 PM


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A Blow to the Heart

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 1:08 AM


If you felt sorrow for the fate of the Animas River in Southwestern Colorado, please know there are over 5,000 abandoned mines in the Animas river corridor that need remediation. Colorado alone has over 22,000 such mines.

Help this core part...

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American Swastika.

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 1:40 AM


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Clinton the Canny

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 6:39 PM


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The Final Farewell

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 11:06 AM


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Walking on Water with Giant Green Frogs

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 12:17 PM


In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, voices far and wide have been denouncing the Islamic extremists who perpetrated the attack as "not proper Muslims." While I might argue that the terrorists were not proper humans, I can't argue they weren't "proper...

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On the Fragility of Ideologues.

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 2:05 PM


So, yesterday, seized by some weird desire to actually reach out and engage to the folks on the other side of the aisle, I ventured over to and entered a comment or two on a post by Blogger Moe Lane....

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Atrocity Upstaging

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 10:54 AM

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(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 3:15 PM


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A Brief History of Bipartisanship, Updated

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 11:23 AM


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Climate Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:15 PM


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