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Biden Woes: The Top Ten Cartoons of the Week!

It was another busy week for the nation’s cartoonists, with news running the gamut from Mitch McConnell stepping down from Republican leadership to AT&T’s cell phones going down across the country.

This week’s most-reprinted cartoon came from Dick Wright, who was not a fan of President Joe Biden’s most recent move to forgive student loan debt for over 150,000 borrowers. Biden continues to struggle in polling against former President Donald Trump, and he (as well as his bite-happy dog, Commander) has found himself an accessible target for cartoonists.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Dick Wright

#2. Gary McCoy

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#3. Jeff Koterba

#4. Jeff Koterba

#5. Dave Whamond

#6. Dave Whamond

#7. Dave Granlund

#8. Dave Whamond

#9. Jeff Koterba

#10. Pat Bagley

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Top Cartoons! Russia and Embryos as Children

Another week, another mixed bag of news topics that found their way onto the drawing boards of the nation’s top cartoonists.

Several of our most-reprinted cartoons this week centered on Russia, which included former Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s widely-mocked softball interview with Vladimir Putin. There was also a vague warning of a Russian space super weapon that caught the attention of a couple of cartoonists.

This week’s most popular cartoon was Dave Granlund’s riff on a court in Alabama ruling that frozen embryos are children. While the ruling has been highly controversial, impacting doctors, hospitals, and families trying to have a child, Granlund chose to focus on a family attempting to claim tax credits for the “kids” they have in the lab.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Dave Granlund

#2. Dick Wright

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#3. Gary McCoy

#4. Dave Whamond

#5. Rivers

#6. Monte Wolverton

#7. Chris Weyant

#8. Rivers

#9. Rick McKee

#10. Pat Bagley

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Top Ten Cartoons of the Week: God’s Voice and Chaos

Another week, another failure to get anything meaningful done in Washington.

Our most-reprinted cartoon this week was Dave Whamond’s funny Valentine’s Day riff on a dysfunctional D.C., which thanks to Republicans in the House can’t seem to do… anything, beyond finally impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Another issue that dominated our cartoons last week was the return of age as a campaign issue. The country is beginning to come to grips with the fact we’re going to have a 81-year-old duking it out with a 78-year-old in November, and the winner will become the Commander in Chief.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Dave Whamond

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#3. Adam Zyglis

#4. Dave Whamond

#5. Dick Wright

#6. R.J. Matson

#7. Jeff Koterba

#8. Dave Granlund

#9. Bob Englehart

#10. Dave Whamond

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GROUNDHOG GOOFINESS: TOP TEN CARTOONS OF THE WEEK

Another year, another Groundhog Day, marked by gullible people trusting a weather forecast spewed by a buck-toothed marmot lacking the ability to speak.

John Darkow’s image of the four-legged furball predicting six more weeks of stupid politics (seems like a safe bet) was easily our most reprinted cartoon of the week.

Editors also enjoyed several cartoons about House Speaker Mike Johnson and many of his fellow Republicans, who are blocking a bipartisan immigration reform bill passed in the Senate because they’re afraid Joe Biden would brag about it on the campaign trail.

Stupid politics, indeed. Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. John Darkow

#2. R.J. Matson

#3. Jeff Koterba

#4. R.J. Matson

#5. Dave Whamond

#6. Chris Weyant

#7. Dave Whamond

#8. Dave Granlund

#9. Jeff Koterba

#10. Pat Bagley

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Haley vs Trump – Top Ten Cartoons of the Week!

Despite Donald Trump’s win in the New Hampshire primary this week, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley isn’t kissing the ring. The Republican presidential candidate – who worked in Trump’s administration as his U.N. ambassador – pledged to remain in the race until the South Carolina primary next month.

This is bad news for Trump but a great turn of events for the nation’s cartoonists, who can now spend another month lampooning the intra-party fight between Trump and Haley, all while Biden remains out of the picture. Maybe they’ll even get on a debate stage together. I’d certainly sharpen my pencil for that one.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Dave Whamond

#2. Chris Weyant

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#3. Dick Wright

#4. Dave Whamond

#5. John Darkow

#6. Chris Weyant

#7. Pat Bagley

#8. Rivers

#9. Jeff Koterba

#10. Doug Plante

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WINTER CHILL – Top Ten Cartoons of the Week!

Everyone loves a good weather cartoon!

Frigid temperatures, plies of snow, blistering wind chills – bad weather is one of the few things that impacts everyone, so it’s no surprise some of this week’s most-popular cartoons were about this week’s Arctic blast across the U.S.  Congrats to Jeff Koterba for his #1 weather cartoon.

We also had a number of popular cartoons about Donald Trump’s victory in the Iowa caucuses and his stranglehold on the Republican Party heading into the 2024 elections. The Trump cartoons won’t end with the New Hampshire primary up next, but cartoonists will probably lose interest in Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis if they don’t pull off an upset win.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Jeff Koterba

#2. John Darkow

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#3. R.J. Matson

#4. Daryl Cagle

#5. Rivers

#6. John Darkow

#7. Rivers

#8. Bob Englehart

#9. Pat Bagley

#10. John Cole

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What’s the password? TOP TEN CARTOONS OF THE WEEK!

It was a real smorgasbord of a week, with topics ranging from president debates to airplanes falling apart to the threat of yet another potential government shutdown.

Our most popular cartoon this week was Jeff Koterba’s funny peek into something we’re all dealing with – managing out ever-growing list of streaming subscriptions and passwords.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Jeff Koterba

#2. Daryl Cagle

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#3. Bob Englehart

#4. Jeff Koterba

#5. Guy Parsons

#6. Gary McCoy

#7. DaveWhamond

#8. R.J. Matson

#9. Jeff Koterba

#10. John Darkow

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Trump and Taylor Swift!

Now there’s a highly unlikely couple.

On our most recent Caglecast podcast we asked three great editorial cartoonists to discuss drawings that depict the famous duo’s politics, cultural influence and, of course, their hair.

I’ll spare readers what Jeff Koterba, Rick McKee, Taylor Jones and I said about Trump or his politics — except to confess that we coupled him with Swift just because nobody watches if we don’t have the Donald to mock and skewer.

Joined by Jase Graves, a nationally syndicated humor columnist and Swiftie whom we syndicate at CagleCartoons.com, we concentrated on about 27 Swift cartoons.

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We old guys generally agreed that she was a talented and beautiful person who  despite being hard to caricature was fun to draw. Plus, I like Taylor Swift’s kind of politics just fine.

She too criticizes Trump. She is a pro-choice feminist. She supports LGTBQ rights and gun control. She voted for Biden-Harris in 2020. And she’s all for the removal of Confederate statues in Tennessee, where monuments to racist traitors are ubiquitous.

I’m a Swiftie – mostly for political cartoonist reasons. Another Swiftie is Jeff Koterba, who has drawn for over 30 years for the top newspaper in Nebraska.

We discussed his cartoon that showed a wall poster of Taylor on stage in a young girl’s bedroom and a poster in her brother’s bedroom that showed a busty Dolly Parton on stage in shorts with a bare midriff.

Jeff said he was looking for an upbeat and pleasant take on a world filled with awful terrible things like war overseas and nasty partisan politics at home.

Speaking of which – or should I say “drawing of which”? – Rick McKee’s Swift cartoon showed Uncle Sam buried under an avalanche of 20 important boulders like “Inflation,” “Ukraine War,” Govt. Corruption.”

A news reporter is bent over asking semi-crushed Uncle Sam, “How do you feel about Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift?”

McKee, who was the cartoonist for decades for the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia, was reacting to the Taylor Swift frenzy in the national media last summer. Though not a devout Swiftie, he admits being  “a recent convert” to understanding her massive appeal.

Taylor Jones, who draws for the Hoover Digest at Stanford, showed Taylor Swift on stage surrounded by a bunch of birds. She asks, “Are you my fans too?” and one says, “We’re chimney Swifts — the original Swifties!”

When I said I found it hard to draw attractive people like Taylor because their features are, by definition, too normal, too smooth and boring looking, Jones disagreed.

“To me,” he said, “Taylor Swift is pretty distinctive looking…. She’s got very thick hair” and there’s hardly “any space between her bangs and her eyes.”

I added that in addition to her great smile, her teeth are not just distinctive, they are cute. Usually you’d think teeth should  not be noticeable.

Jace Graves, the writer among us, said, it’s not just that Taylor Swift is beautiful. It’s that “she’s aware of her imperfections and she’s very real. I think that’s one thing that draws people to her.”

We discussed other cartoons from around the country starring Taylor Swift, including one by John Darkow that played off the fact that Time magazine named her its Person of the Year.

As two AI robots are looking at the Time magazine with Swift’s face on the cover, Darkow has one saying, “We’ll let them have this one” and the other saying, “But it’ll be the last.”

Eventually we picked up on the subject of Taylor Swift’s gigantic impact on the sports world because of her romance with K.C. Chiefs star Travis Kelce.

Dave Whamond’s cartoon had Taylor Swift named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year – and the NFL’s MVP.

We spent most of our  40 minutes focused on Taylor Swift and the impact she’s had on the economy, culture, sports, politics, the music industry and the hearts, minds and bodies of young girls.

We had virtually nothing negative to say about her – which was a refreshing change for our profession.

Daryl Cagle is the publisher of Cagle.com and owner of CagleCartoons.com, a syndicate that distributes editorial cartoons and columns to over 500 subscribing newspapers.

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Christmas Cheer! The Top Ten Cartoons of the Week!

Elf on the Shelf? Meet Bot on the Cot.

Jeff Koterba’s A.I.-inspired twist on an annual holiday tradition was our most popular reprinted cartoon this week, as we inch closer and closer to Christmas.

A number of our cartoons carried a holiday theme, including Bob Englehart’s funny take on Santa being accused of weaponizing Christmas and Rivers’ amusing image of Joe Biden getting uncomfortable with St. Nick.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Jeff Koterba

 

#2. Bob Englehart

#3. Chris Weyant

#4. Rick McKee

#5. R.J. Matson

#6. Gary McCoy

#7. Rivers

#8. John Darkow

#9. Pat Bagley

#10. Dave Whamond

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ELECTION CHOICES: TOP TEN CARTOONS OF THE WEEK

We’re about a month away from the first votes in the Republican primary being cast in Iowa, and it’s safe to say the country isn’t very excited about the likely choices for president.

Joe Biden, the incumbent, will likely face Donald Trump in a rematch of the 2020 election, which Biden won by more than 7 million votes. Our two most popular cartoons this week were about the lack of enthusiasm at the top of both presidential tickets. It’s going to be a long year.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Chris Weyant

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#2. Rick McKee

#3. John Darkow

#4. Doug Plante

#5. Dick Wright

#6. Jeff Koterba

#7. John Darkow

#8. Chris Weyant

#9. Adam Zyglis

#10. Dave Granlund

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Holiday Malaise: Top Ten Cartoons of the Week

You know what’s fun about the holidays? Being stuck in traffic.

Chris Weyant captured the frustration of holiday travel in a funny cartoon that was popular among editors. Probably because they can relate to being stuck in stop-and-go.

It was a smorgasbord of topics for our most popular cartoons this week, everything from the growing presence of A.I. to the continued high cost of housing.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Chris Weyant

#2. Bob Englehart

#3. John Darkow

#4. Chris Weyant

#5. John Darkow

#6. Dave Granlund

#7. Joff Koterba

#8. Chris Weyant

#9. Monte Wolverton

#10. Bruce Plante

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SALUTE THE TROOPS: TOP TEN CARTOONS OF THE WEEK

If there’s one truth about cartooning, it’s that editors and readers love holiday cartoons, but most cartoonists hate drawing them.

This week was no exception. Cartoons celebrating Veterans Day dominated out list of the most-reprinted cartoons this week. Congratulations to Dave Granlund, who had four cartoons on this week’s top ten list, including the first three.

Two of Granlund’s most-reprinted cartoons were focused on Veterans Day, while the third touched on reports that credit card debt in the U.S. has exceeded $1 trillion for the first time, a fact most readers (and cartoonists) can relate to.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Dave Granlund

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#2. Dave Granlund

 

#3. Dave Granlund

 

#4. John Darkow

 

#5. Guy Parsons

 

#6. Rick McKee

 

#7. Jeff Koterba

 

#8. Rick McKee

 

#9. Pat Bagley

 

#10. Dave Granlund

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