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Elon Musk Part One!

I am embarking on a marathon of posting Elon Musk editorial cartoons on Twitter!  We have about 200 of them.  Come follow me at: https://twitter.com/dcagle and you can see them all –or just tune in here and see them.

The rumor is that Twitter is no longer tolerant of celebrity parodies, but that may only apply to people who change their names to impersonate celebrities.  I hope that’s true.  I don’t think they will kill mainstream, syndicated editorial cartoons.  We’ll find out.

If it all goes well, I’ll buy one of those pretty, new blue checks that Twitter wouldn’t give me when I applied –but I can buy a blue check now for only $8/month!  What a deal!

I’m starting off with my own, barfy, Elon Musk/Twitter cartoon. Stacey tuned! 

Daryl Cagle

 

John Cole

Adam Zyglis

Patrick Chappatte

 

Dario Castillejos

 

Dave Whamond

 

Rivers

 

Pat Bagley


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Koterba COVID Exhibit

My CagleCartoonist pal, Jeff Koterba, just put together a cool exhibition of his cartoons about the pandemic.  Here’s some pix as Jeff tells us about the show …

From Jeff Koterba:

“When art imitates…art.

Recently I drew a cartoon inspired by my own exhibit of cartoons. On display at Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  The exhibit consists of nearly 100 cartoons specifically about the pandemic (as far as I can tell, it’s the first cartoon exhibit on Covid in the world). Some are funny, while others are poingant and even inspirational—that’s my hope, anyway! The cartoons are displayed in concentric circles—in the manner of a European maze and take you on a timeline, from the start of the pandemic until today. Along the way viewers can not only see how my approach to drawing about Covid evolved but also how I made the switch to drawing digitally during those early days of lockdown.

As we were putting the finishing touches on the exhibit, an idea came to me that I should draw a cartoon about covid as a maze—in concentric circles. After I drew it, we printed it up and added it to the exhibit…
Now I can’t imagine the exhibit without it. Sort of a full circle kind of thing, you might say.   —Jeff Koterba

Want to see all of Jeff’s COVID cartoons? They are here. Take a look. I went to our PoliticalCartoons.com store, searched for Jeff Koterba and COVID, and all the cartoons popped up – more cool to see it in the round in Iowa, though.


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Top Ten Cartoons of the Week – February 12th, 2022

Here are our most reprinted cartoons of the week ending  February 12th, 2022. Congratulations to Dave Granlund who took the #1 spot this week by a wide margin. Dave was also the most reprinted cartoonist of the week.  And kudos to Rivers who was #2 on the Top Ten and overall lists this week –and to Jeff Koterba who has two cartoons in the Top Ten.

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#1

Dave Granlund took the #1 spot.

#2

Rivers took second place too!

#3

Jeff Koterba took third place.

#4

Adam Zyglis nabs 4th place with his first of two cartoons in the Top Ten.

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Jeff Koterba claims the five-spot.

#6

John Darkow came in sixth.

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Dave Whamond nabs seventh place with his second cartoon in the Top Ten.

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Pat Byrnes took 8th place.

#9

Monte Wolverton takes 9th place.

#10

Steve Sack wraps it up at number ten.


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Top Ten Cartoons of the Week – January 15th, 2022

Here are our most reprinted cartoons of the week ending  January 15th, 2022. Congratulations to Steve Sack and Dave Whamond who tied for the #1 cartoon of the week! Dave Whamond was also our most reprinted cartoonist of the week, overall. edging out Dave Granlund.

And kudos to Jeff Koterba and John Darkow who each have two cartoons in the Top Ten.

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#1

Steve Sack tied for the #1 spot.

#1

Dave Whamond share the top spot.

#3

Jeff Koterba took third place.

#4

Jeff Koterba also took 4th place with his second cartoon on the Top Ten..

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Dave Granlund also claims the five-spot.

#6

Rivers came in sixth.

#7

John Cole nabs seventh place.

#8

John Darkow (that’s me) took 8th place.

#9

RJ Matson takes 9th place.

#10

John Darkow wraps it up at number ten with his second cartoon in the Top Ten!


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Disappointment in France

I was saddened to learn that the highly anticipated, new, national center for editorial cartoons in France was granted to the city of Paris, rather than the village of St. Just le Martel in the French countryside. Cartoonists from around the world have been writing letters and drawing cartoons, in support of St. Just’s bid for the new “Maison” or “House” of editorial cartoons, which will be a combination of a museum and center for events and lectures about “press cartoons.” St Just le Martel is the home of the only museum dedicated to editorial cartoons –and the home of a wonderful, annual “Salon” where international cartoonists have built friendships with a charming local community of fans that chose to support our profession decades ago.  Clearly, what the world’s cartoonists wanted wasn’t important to the decision makers in France. I’m putting cartoonists’ protest cartoons at the bottom of the page.  Scroll down.

French president Emmanuel Macron announced the selection of Paris this week. There isn’t any other nation with a national center for editorial cartooning, and our troubled profession should appreciate that anything is being built at all.  Still, what should be a happy day is a sad day for us. The fear is that a much bigger and better funded “Maison” will overshadow our beloved Salon in St. Just le Martel.

Here’s a statement from our friends in St. Just le Martel, followed by a statement by my friend and CagleCartoonist, Pierre Ballouhey, who is the president of “France Cartoons,” the professional organization for cartoonists in France.

INTERNATIONAL CARTOONING CENTER – SAINT JUST LE MARTEL – France – Press Statement January 2022.

The management of the Center is stunned by the notification of French President Emmanuel Macron to refuse the implantation of the European Cartooning House in Limousin area. Paris localisation was prefered was preferred, even though the infrastructure already exists in Limousin, and had many advantages, of security, experience, and recognized legitimacy.

It is a feeling of contempt and injustice that prevails here at the Caricature Center among all the volunteers. Seeing over 40 years of investing in the defense of Freedom of Expression through the cartoonish swept away by political choice without any justification leaves you speechless.

This choice goes against all the announcements, all the considerable assets, know-how, memory, commitment of the population of Saint Just Le Martel and local elected representatives of Limousin, to defend what already existed since 1982.
It is also a slap in the face to the 250 cartoonists who every year are travelling in september to Saint Just Le Martel for the International Festival, and who where mobilized in their large majority in favor of this place of meeting and celebration of Freedom of Expression.

The management of the Center dispute this decision because it fundamentally contravenes the interests of this project, in particular through a decentralization supposedly promised in the general policy speech of the Prime Minister.

We contest this project, because it goes against the flow of cultural opening up, even though Saint-Just Le Martel is easily and quickly accessible being at 1 hour from Paris by plane, or 3 hours by train or road.

We contest this project, because it discredits and denies all the experience of organizing exhibitions, and the very strong link that binds the community of designers to the International Center of Saint Just Le Martel, with more than 2,500 partners through the five continents.

Finally, we dispute it, because it goes against all the previous investments, made jointly, by European funds, the state, the Region, the Department, the Municipality in 2011. All had testified to the recognition and legitimacy of this place to make it the sanctuary of the defense of Freedom of Expression through satirical drawing.

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Here’s the call for cartoonists to submit drawings protesting President Macron’s decision, by France Cartoons’ president, Pierre Ballouhey.

Dear Colleagues,

The javelin was thrown by Macron and it was stuck in his feet. The famous Maison du Dessin de Presse et de la Satire will be in Paris, not in Saint-Just. One more cultural space in the Capital.

It’s a pity, the usual franchouillard jacobinism, a foot in the nose of decentralization, contempt for the regions.

Disappointment for most of the cartoonists from all over the world who would have preferred Saint-Just-le-Martel-Limoges. They will continue to meet every autumn in their natural habitat of Limousin…

Send your drawings of disapproval and support to the Center [email protected]. They will be printed and exhibited in an event in Saint-Just, France-Cartoons will be represented by Placide.

Pierre BALLOUHEY
Président de France-Cartoons

Here’s Pierre’s cartoon and more from some other disappointed cartoons. (Note that St Just le Martel is in an area that is known for its cows, and the Salon is represented by a cow mascot, “Justine”.)Pierre Ballouhey

 

Laurent Battistini

 

Rainer Hachfeld

Biz

Batti Babache

 

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Dave Whamond 2020 Top Ten

Here are Dave Whamond’s Top Ten cartoons of the year that were most reprinted in newspapers. Dave’s work has appeared in magazines and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest and many more. He has won 7 Silver Reubens from the National Cartoonists Society and several book awards. Dave has written and/or illustrated over 50 books and his syndicated comic, Reality Check, has appeared in newspapers since 1995.

We keep statistics on how many editors, who subscribe to our syndicate service at CagleCartoons.com, download each cartoon. Over the next few days I’ll post Top Ten cartoons from some of our other CagleCartoonists!  See Dave’s cartoon archive on Cagle.com

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More Doggie Presidents

This is my new one about all the foreign policy landmines that President Trump is laying for the Biden administration.

I drew a Trump Doggie cartoon yesterday and I was thinking about doggie presidents. Today’s cartoon is based on one I drew about President George W. Bush about 14 years ago.

I’ve drawn lots of presidential doggies. Here’s an oldies with doggie Obama.

 

When Hillary Clinton was running for president against Obama, she had her husband Bill as her attack dog.

 

Early in the George W. Bush administration, doggie Jimmy Carter opposed and undermined Bush’s Cuba policy, visiting Castro in Cuba.

I draw foreign doggie presidents too. Here’s Cuba’s doggie Fidel Castro from about 14 years ago.

 

Here’s an oldie with Israel’s doggie Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu peeing on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas while being “condemned” by President Obama.

I can’t get enough of doggie presidents, but that’s not true of newspaper editors. A sure way to make sure your cartoon won’t get reprinted in newspapers very much is to draw a doggie president –also, drawing urine is something newspaper editors don’t like.

Drawing doggie Presidents and urine isn’t a smart business decision for editorial cartoonists; we do it for love.


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California: COVID and Fires at the Same Time

We’re suffering from crazy heat in California now, from a worldwide high of 130ºF (43C) a couple of days ago, to 109º at my house. Today it was only 106º (41C) at my house. Dozens of major fires are popping up all over the state, sparked by lightening.

At the same time we have the most coronavirus cases and deaths, which have largely shut down the economy, threatening small businesses and newspapers, who have lost ads from suffering small businesses and cancelled events. So this is my cartoon.


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Here’s my cartoon today in USA Today.

 

I draw lots of California flag cartoons. Our bear is a gift to cartoonists. Here are three more of my California fire bear cartoons. Tough times in California.

President Trump wants to stop any federal assistance to charred California, because the state should “rake more” leaves.


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Top Ten Cartoons of the Week – June 13, 2020

Here are the ten most widely published cartoons of the week (June 6-13, 2020). It is interesting to note that no drawings of President Trump have been among the most reprinted cartoons since one appeared in March. This was another week when cartoonists drew passionate cartoons criticizing the president that were ignored by editors. What cartoonists want to draw most is not what editors want to print. It is also rare that editors choose to print cartoons about Joe Biden. The reprint curve is steep with the most popular cartoons dominating the reprints and with most cartoons getting little ink. The foreign cartoonists were ignored by our subscribing, American editors again this week.

Our Top Ten is a measure of how many editors choose to reprint each of our cartoons, from the 63 cartoonists in our syndication package. Just about half of America’s daily, paid circulation newspapers subscribe to CagleCartoons.com.

Congrats to Dave Whamond for drawing the most reprinted cartoon this week. Kudos to Rick McKee who benefitted from a tie for the #10 spot, squeaking in with an impressive three cartoons on the list (the Top Eleven this week, because of the tie). Jeff Koterba has two cartoons on the list and special congratulations go to Pat Bagley and Peter Kuper who make their first appearances in the Top Ten this week. Dave Granlund, Steve Sack and RJ Matson round out the list of most reprinted cartoons this week. Great work, gentlemen!


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#1

Congratulations to Dave Whamond who drew the #1 most reprinted cartoon this week.

 

#2

Pat Bagley was a close second with this cartoon.

 

#3

Dave Granlund takes third place in the Top Ten this week.

#4

Rick McKee is in a tie for 4th place –with himself.

#4

Rick McKee is here again in 4th place.

#6

Jeff Koterba of Omaha World-Herald claims the 6th place spot.

#7

RJ Matson is in 7th place.

#8

The New Yorker’s and Mad Magazine’s “Spy vs Spy” cartoonist, Peter Kuper, takes 8th place.

#9

Pulitzer winner, Steve Sackhas the 9th most popular cartoon.

#10

Here’s Rick McKee’s third cartoon on the most reprinted list!
        

#10

Jeff Koterba is in a tie for the #10 spot with his second of two cartoons in the Top Ten (top eleven this week). Editors love Lincoln Memorial cartoons.

The Omaha World-Herald and Cagle cartoonist, Jeff Koterba, will be moderating a special event with Paris-based Oliver Gee, host of the popular podcast, The Earful Tower, and author of a new memoir, Paris on Air.

Originally from Australia, Oliver is a former journalist whose first assignment in Paris was to cover the Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015. He would eventually move to Paris and launch The Earful Tower, which was recently featured in The New York Times as one of the best podcasts to travel by ear.

For those Cagle cartoonists who have attended the annual humor salons in St. Just, and have hung out together in Paris, this event might scratch that itch to return to France. And even if you haven’t been to France, this event promises to be a fun time. Plus, hey, you’ll get to see our buddy Jeff on your computer screen!

Oh, and not to worry—it’ll be presented in English. Although there’s always a chance that Oliver will throw in a French phrase or two.

Sponsored by Alliance Française Omaha, this event is free and open to all anywhere in the world! You can also pre-order Oliver’s book, although it’s not necessary to buy one to attend the event, which will be presented via Zoom.
1pm-2pm CST in the United States
Sunday, June 28th

All you have to do, is register now for the free event here.


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Blame China! Part 2

Here is part two of our BLAME CHINA cartoons!  See part one with cartoons defending China pushing against criticism. Since we hear so much about China from the Trump administration, it is interesting that most of the China bashing cartoons come from the international cartoonists.


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Rick McKee, Georgia


Jeff Koterba, Nebraska


Paresh Nath, India


Nem0, Canada


Bas van der Schot, The Netherlands


Gary McCoy, Illinois


Jimmy Margulies, New Jersey


Manny Francisco, Phillipines, Singapore

 
Marian Kamensky, Austria


Patrick Chappatte, Switzerland


Jos Collignon, The Netherlands

Dario Castillejos, Oaxaca, Mexico


Bob Englehart, Connecticut


Christo Komarnitsky, Bulgaria


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Forgotten Biden – Part 2
Forgotten Biden – Part 1
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Blame China! Part Three
Blame China! Part Two

Blame China! Part One
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Planet COVID-19, Part 4

Planet COVID-19, Part 3
Planet COVID-19, Part 2
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Toilet Paper Part Two
Toilet Paper Part One
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See, Hear Speak No Virus
The Best Coronavirus Sports Cartoons
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Top Ten Cartoons of the Week – April 4, 2020

Here are the 13 most popular and most reprinted CagleCartoons for the week of March 29th through April 4th. These are the cartoons that editors download the most, in high resolution, to be published in their newspapers. Enjoy!


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Bruce Plante


Dave Whamond


John Cole


Dave Fitzsimmons


Bob Englehart


Jeff Koterba


Steve Sack


Chris Weyant


Adam Zyglis

 


Dave Granlund


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Annual State of the State of Cartooning Address

This excellent address comes from my cartoonist buddy, David Fitzsimmons of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. –Daryl


During the second World War, British cartoonist David Low was despised by Hitler because he relentlessly refuted the lies broadcast by the Nazi propaganda machine with every stark cartoon. We’re a long way from the age in which internationally applauded cartoonists such as Sir David Low were knighted for their heroic defense of liberty.

When I opened my annual trade journal, The American Association of Editorial Cartoonists Notebook, the bell tolled for my profession, page by page, cartoonist by cartoonist. This year our annual AAEC convention will convene in Ottawa, Ontario, with our Canadian colleagues because our numbers are so small we could meet in an abandoned Fotomat kiosk.

Political cartoonist Bruce Plante called me from Oklahoma when his paper, the Tulsa World, had just been acquired by Lee Enterprises. Needing reassurance I told him, “Lee values cartoonists.” When we began our careers four decades ago there were hundreds of us. Today there are 25 newspaper editorial cartoonists left drawing truth to power in the United States.

A lot of giants have been kicked to the curb. After winning the Pulitzer, Mike Keefe was laid off from the Denver Post. Pulitzer winner Steve Benson was laid off last year from the Arizona Republic. The Houston Chronicle, Knoxville News Sentinel and Indianapolis Star summarily jettisoned their beloved veteran cartoonists Nick Anderson, Charlie Daniel and Gary Varvel.

Most troubling, Rob Rogers, the popular political cartoonist of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was fired by a pro-Trump editor who replaced him with Steve Kelley, a cartoonist who once informed me the most oppressed group in America was white men. Rob relies on syndication and Patreon online subscription patrons to get by.

Scott Stantis has a pseudo-freelance arrangement with his Chicago Tribune. Pat Bagley’s Salt Lake Tribune miraculously survives because it’s owned by a nonprofit corporation. Jack Ohman’s Sacramento Bee is part of the McClatchy chain, which just filed for bankruptcy. My friend and Tucson resident, Chris Britt, formerly of the Illinois State Journal-Register and News Tribune of Tacoma, transitioned to creating children’s books to supplement his syndication earnings.

Syndication is no longer reliable career insurance. Luckily, I’m syndicated to over 700 sites worldwide by Cagle Cartoons. In my AAEC Notebook, Daryl Cagle notes that newspaper chains are consolidating their editorial staffs into one central staff that generates cookie-cutter editorials for the entire chain, adding, “Newspapers are shutting down editorial page staffs faster than they are dropping editorial pages.”

When I was a kid I didn’t listen when the Master Sergeant sarcastically encouraged me to consider a backup plan.

“Doing what?”

“Carving gargoyles. See all the cathedrals in the want ads — hiring stone masons? Your odds of finding work are just as bright, Sunshine.”

I’m glad I didn’t listen. I got lucky. I drew in the last century during the Golden Age of Print and my luck continued through this century’s turbulent transition to digital. These days when young cartoonists ask me for career advice I tell them, “Learn to carve gargoyles.”

It’s impossible for cartoonists to keep up with today’s relentless whirlwind of news. By the time we’ve inked, scanned and uploaded our cartoons our subject’s been eclipsed by 12 new scandals. By the time we upload our hand-rendered cartoon it’s been preceded online by a multitude of memes and YouTube rants; not to mention overshadowed by the comic observers of late night TV. We can see why the producer of “This American Life,” Ira Glass, derided editorial cartooning as “a 17th century medium.”

Ironically, practitioners of our dissed and slowly dying 17th century art form are still sufficiently feared by tyrants to get killed, imprisoned or banished in this darkening century. To the benefit of tyrannies too many regions have become news deserts.

Too many citizens are now completely dependent on the internet for their news, a treacherous cyberswamp teeming with toxic lies and divisive disinformation. The radical right’s war to sow mistrust of the critical mainstream media, which began in the ’70s, along with the rise of Limbaugh, and the billionaire-funded right-wing propaganda mills like Fox, coupled with algorithm-driven cybermanipulation, have all been effective at rendering our citizenry ill-informed and factionalized — two outcomes fatal to democratic republics.

Undaunted by these challenges this “fake news peddler” and “obscene excuse for a mudslinging hack” is proud to be in the honorable company of those persistent resisters labeled the “Enemy of the People” by fascist despots.

Legend has it that David Low had designs for an underground shelter behind his modest London home into which he had placed supplies, a drawing board and a printing press. If his beloved nation were to fall to Nazi occupation, Low had plans to smuggle his family out of the country while he would remain behind, in hiding, churning out anti-fascist cartoons and spreading sedition until his home land was free.

My kind of cartoonist.

See more cartoons by Dave Fitzsimmons.


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