Old, Small Obama

Sometimes I like to vary the dimensions of my cartoons. Most editorial cartoons are the same 1 1/2 wide by 1 tall, which fits the cartoon hole that newspapers keep open for the cartoon. Sometimes an odd sized cartoon will jar an editor into running something different.

I did today’s cartoon extra wide, but on the web, extra wide means extra small, and I lose details like old Obama at the right.  Everything is a tradeoff.

See my rough sketch below, followed by the line art, that most people see in the newspapers, then the color version that I do for the web and for the few newspapers that print color on their editorial pages.

Sometimes a cartoon, like this one, is just fun to draw.  Even if it doesn’t say a whole lot; fun to draw is enough.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the publisher of and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc, which which is a major distributor of editorial cartoons and columns to newspapers and digital publishers. See Daryl's blog at:, see his site at: get permission to reprint his cartoons at: