map of the u.s.a.

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  1. Hey isn’t this more negative than usual. Surely the top half of Cali is o.k

    • Never thought of Missouri being flat but it beats being awful boring crap.

      • Actually, Missouri has been placed in the region of crap if you take a closer look. Having been born there and left as soon as possible I would agree with Hugh. :)

  2. Doug Johnson says:

    As one who lived in Corpus for a wondrous 4 years and am now back in Cleveland, I LOVE this.

  3. Definitely don’t want to live a the panhandle of awful at the intersection of flat, texas, awful, and boring.

  4. hey Hugh…you gotta do one of these for the UK. some suggestions

    1) Scotland = whisky/golf
    2) Cumbria = trees/lakes
    3) Birmingham = concrete
    4) London = crazy

    etc etc…


  5. I would buy this right now as a cube grenade, full-size print, or even a T-shirt.

  6. There it is.

  7. Can you do a map of London soon Hugh? :)

  8. jackmayhofferr says:

    Looks like about 2 minutes of thought and 10 minutes of work was put into this one. Not even clever.

    • Hence, the difference between people who get paid for what they produce and people who get paid by the hour …

  9. i love it!

  10. They only reason anyone wouldn’t find this funny is they’re touchy about not living in Texas.

    Myself? I’d buy a print.

  11. Umm…where’s Red Sox Nation?

  12. Hmmm, being a yankee is not so bad. I’ve always felt Texas is actually a country unto itself.

  13. Veralynne Pepper says:

    I dunno, Hugh. I always love your stuff! But this one left me feeling flat, awful, bored………..

  14. Veralynne Pepper says:


  15. Nice, erm…homage to the New Yorker maps of Steinberg and Kalman/Meyerwitz

  16. I strongly reject that 1) my current home (Chicago) is within “Crap” and 2) my former home (East SF Bay) is within “Hideous”.

    As to my brief time in El Lay… Well…

  17. Yes, Phil, that’s cuz you ain’t Texan 😉

  18. Quite an accurate depiction of a typical Texan’s view of the country.

    An alternative, according to my family, would label everything north of Amarillo as “North Pole.”

  19. Make Washington say ‘Sasquatch’ or something.

  20. would love to see one of South Africa. all you’d have to do is label it racists, right?

  21. As a Californian, I’m used to being the complimented singular entity; the beneficiary of exceptions made to insults about the U.S. But now we’re included along with everyone else! Psssh!

  22. Yes, Texas plans to become a Republic once again! Long live the great Lone Star State. It is simply the best!!
    No state income tax. Come one, come all, except if you are from California or a Yankee (beware we protect our borders).

  23. Need an addendum map.
    Alaska = Irrelevant
    Hawaii = Explosive OR Too fiddley

  24. wow, california getting dissed in favor of texas? what’s the world coming to :-p

  25. Made me chuckle, not being American. Though the ‘Boring’ bit does have a lot of the spectacle. For me anyway.

  26. I went west in the US and had a great time ! great GREAT time ! much better than Paris, France where I am stuck ! I guess I love boring places…

  27. Tiffany Houser says:

    lol…i take it you’re from TX?

  28. Texas is synonomous with “all of the other ones, rolled into one” right. That is the joke, isn’t it?

    Hell, I used to live in Amarillo. I have issues.

  29. Love it.

    I do think, however, that there should be some shading going on here. I mean, Seattle is not nearly as boring as New Mexico, and Chicago is probably only 80% crap….

    Keep up the good work.

  30. You live in Alpine? Awesome location. Like the map, too. – Houston Guy

  31. I love it (being born-and-bred Texan)!

  32. It’s kinda like the map of the world I saw once .. Sphere – Arrow pointing at it – caption ‘F@@@@d Up …

  33. My map always has hideous awful crap where Texas is. Fortunately there’s something for everyone in the US.

  34. Bob Lathrop says:

    Texas is a beautiful State….the only problem: there’s way too many Texans there. I’d rather live in Boring Nevada which is just an oxymoron.

  35. Absolutely pointless and informative at the same time

  36. I love Canadian art!

  37. God Bless Texas!

    Oh, and Don’t Mess with Texas…

  38. What’s your take on India… that’s not politically correct????

  39. It’s all in the interpretation.

    As this cartoon clearly shows – you couldn’t fit Hideous, Crap, Flat, Awful and Boring in the space of Texas.

    Texas is just the collective term for all five 😉

    • 1×29. Heh. Is that the best you can do?

      Don’t quit the day job… 😉

      • Unfortunately it’s too late for quitting the day job – well, the one that had me in Beaumont for last year at least.

        But I do have good memories of TX – not least a Wolf v Sheep print 😉

  40. I’m fine with that map unless you Texans start crossing over your border to other states. We need to keep you confined to one area so you don’t mess up the rest of the country. You know, the nice part.

  41. where can i buy the tshirt?

  42. I think this map is pretty accurate. I do agree on the shading comment though. Could you please put an emphasis on Ohio and Indiana and make them “Super Crap”?

  43. I think everyone has missed the real point, but have proved it themselves, that it’s all about starting a conversation and a buzz. Err…right Hugh?

  44. Is “Tiger Woods” by Dan Bern your theme song, buy chance?

  45. W. D. Taylor says:

    This looks part of the run-up to Texas’ secession from the US.

  46. Hugh,

    You seem to have forgotten South Florida – “Cuba” – desculpa no hablamos ingles

  47. Good to see the author has a high opinion of the country. Is he European, by chance?

  48. “Texas is a beau­ti­ful State.…the only pro­blem: there’s way too many Texans there.”

    @Bob Lathrop – heh. i LOVE that.

  49. Sure adds to the argument of letting Texas succeed from the Union. Hey, we can pick up Puerto Rico and keep the 50 stars.

    • Paul, Texas might have to, at the current rate outsi­ders are moving in 😉

      Accor­ding to last month’s Entre­pre­neur Maga­zine, 69% of new US jobs crea­ted in 2009, were crea­ted in Texas.

      That seems rather high to me, but even so…

  50. I live in the “boring” area. That’s fine, this town is populated enough.

  51. Your attention to detail and ability to capture the essence of each different part of the country is amazing….have you thought of working for the UN…we need a world view with this level of sensitivity.

  52. Randy Bosch says:

    ‘Map of the USA’ on the front
    ‘Marfa Map of Texas’ on the back
    ‘Marfa Map’ on the front cover
    ‘Map of the USA’ on the back
    Blank pages in between
    See book.

  53. UH, they have Las Vegas in the BORING section? It would be better to extend California over a few hundred miles and include LV in hideous. I live in Las Vegas and I would rather be hideous than boring.

  54. Love to see your take on parts of the UK !

  55. Ha, w/ the BCS Championship game tonight, this would be a big hit in the sport forums and message boards. I despise both teams, so can’t wade in there to share the image, but I’m sure someone will.

  56. Well done. I love this, reminded me of the Jesusland map, one of my favorite images – for its insight and wit – of the past decade.

  57. Yankee and proud of it. Born in the Bronx (where else?), raised in New York, living it Boston. California really is beautiful.

  58. This is great! Hilarious. Go Yankees! :-)

  59. egonchildz says:

    I like how this hick labeled California, which includes Napa Valley and beautiful San Diego beaches hideous.

  60. Paul we may be able to succeed even more if we secede from the Union.

  61. gotta say, Stephen from 11 back pretty much nails it on the head (whether he knew he did or not)–nice one.
    great to hang out with you in the 17 degree night by the firepit for the calendar flip, Hugh–Mahala & I really enjoyed yr company that week.
    we should sit with coffee and talk cartoonists one day, you and I….

  62. oh, yeah–and where *can* I get the shirt….?

  63. Am I the only one who didn’t realize “Texas” wasn’t an insult? When I think of Texas, that’s what I think of…just Texas, and it ain’t a good feeling.

  64. johnpiercy says:

    How about a Canadian one ?

  65. Sam Abrams says:

    Glad to be a constituent of Boring!

  66. I’m a proud resident of Boring, and for my purposes, this map is perfect. The less people we have out here, the more I have the majestic beauty of nature to myself.

  67. Surprised NE isn’t labeled ‘Damn’ Yankees… just saying (and I am one)

  68. WolvenSpectre says:

    Reminds me of Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy where the guides entry for Earth was “Harmless” and after a character lived on Earth and sent in a big entry for it it was updated to “Mostly Harmless”

  69. Flat huh, try riding a bike across it.

  70. huhu and wer ist germany Huh? ;oD


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