Mike Shelton was the editorial cartoonist for The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) for 23 years. During and since then, he illustrated for the Limbaugh Letter and drew political cartoons for Watchdog.org, a news site of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. He currently draws for his own website, mikesheltoncartoons.com. A former Marine and Vietnam veteran, Shelton grew up poor in rural East Texas and studied fine art at Sam Houston State University. Politically he considers himself a right-leaning libertarian … or a libertarian-leaning conservative -- whichever you prefer.