I was saddened to learn that my friend, and long time CagleCartoonist, Sandy Huffaker, has passed away. Sandy was my hero in the 1970’s when I was in high school, and he was a big influence on me. The 1970’s were the glory days for cartoon illustrators and I rushed off to Manhattan in 1977, hoping to have a career drawing cartoons for the big magazines like my idol, Sandy. I loved reading Time magazine as a teenager because Sandy was in almost every issue, with delightful, colorful illustrations; in fact, Sandy was in all the major magazines in the 1970’s. Sandy’s work was everywhere!
Here’s my new “back to school” cartoon. This isn’t the “back to school” time of year, but there is a lot of news now about when and how schools will reopen with the coronavirus still raging … Everyone tells me that I should post my messy rough sketches online. I’m told that this shows I’m a real person, and that readers love a “window into my process.” The temptation is to draw nicer looking roughs since I know people will see them, but that would take me down a slippery slope into cartoon madness.
Every state is starting to open up from their shelter-in-place orders. President Trump is insisting that states open faster, threatening to override the decisions of governors. The quarantining at home has taken a heavy toll on regular folks, which is the topic of my cartoon.
Congratulations to Steve Sack who has the most popular cartoon of the week and two cartoons in the Top Ten! Bob Englehart also impresses with two of the most popular cartoons. Kudos go to the other cartoonists on the list, Dave Granlund, Dave Fitzsimmons, Bruce Plante, Jeff Koterba, Bill Day and RJ Matson. Eight of the Top Ten cartoons were about the pandemic – that is the fewest coronavirus cartoons on the list in weeks! We’ve flattened the curve!
This is part three of a collection of my favorite coronavirus Grim Reaper cartoons. The Reaper (or “Death” for short) is a standard cliché for editorial cartoonists; he is a character that belongs to every cartoonist, like, Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty and the donkey and elephant …