Planet Thorburn is a blog operated by Alexander Thorburn Hoffman. Planet Thorburn features cartoons, comics and artistic political satire.

Alex Hoffman has a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, where he worked as a political cartoonist for UCLA's award winning student newspaper, The Daily Bruin. While on staff, he won several statewide awards for his cartoons. He received a J.D. from Southwestern Law School. At Southwestern, he continued cartooning for the monthly law magazine, The Commentator as well as designed the covers for each issue. He is also the creator of the webcomics, Libertarian Rabbits From Outer Space and Tales Of Absurdity.

Presently he is a contributor and political cartoonist for the blog When Falls The Coliseum, a freelance cartoonist for Cartoon Movement and a graphic artist for Townhall's Freedom Cards.

He currently lives in North Hollywood, California.

All writing and artwork © 2009-2014 Alexander Hoffman. All Rights Reserved.

Political Cartoon
By Alex HoffmanWhen Falls The Coliseum - 3/16/12

Political Cartoon
By Alex Hoffman
When Falls The Coliseum - 3/16/12

"How Many Bureaucrats Does It Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?" by Dan Mitchell

This is a blog post by Cato Institute economist Dan Mitchell featuring my latest cartoon on Philips receiving a $10 million affordability prize from the federal government for creating a $50 light bulb. Dan makes a great point that I couldn’t illustrate in the cartoon, which is according to Philips the light bulb may be more efficient than incandescent light bulbs, but that’s no reason to let government dictate what consumers buy or pick winners and losers in the market place by give any company a tax payer funded handout (see Chevy Volt). Neither energy efficiency, nor green energy justifies crony capitalism.


These are two Earth Day ecards I designed for’s Freedom Cards. If you’d like to send them to friends, family or annoy an environmentalist, follow the links below.

Don’t Get Any Bright Ideas
Unplug Al Gore