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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.

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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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BAD NEWS: TOP TEN CARTOONS OF THE WEEK

These days, we always seem to be surrounded by bad news. The conflict in Israel. Mass shootings across the country. A political system that never seems to work.

Several of our most popular cartoons this week centered around that theme, including Chris Weyant’s touching piece about a father reading at night to her daughter. If only we could all just live happily ever after.

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

#1. Chris Weyant

 

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#2. Dave Whamond

 

#3. Dave Whamond

 

#4. Daryl Cagle

 

#5. Dave Whamond

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#6. Dick Wright

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#7. John Darkow

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#8. Jeff Koterba

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#9. Dave Granlund

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#10. John Darkow

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WAR AND CHAOS – TOP TEN CARTOONS OF THE WEEK

A week ago, Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, killing more than 1,200 Israelis and igniting a new conflict in a region long torn by war and bloodshed. Meanwhile, back here in the U.S., Republicans remain unable to elect a Speaker of the House, which could impact our country’s ability to aid Israel, among other things.

All that to say it was a busy week for cartoonists, who also targeted their pens on the over-inflated price of housing and President Joe Biden’s sudden change of heart on Trump’s border wall.

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

#1. John Darkow

 

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#2. John Darkow

 

#3. Chris Weyant

 

#4. Dave Whamond

 

#5. Adam Zyglis

 

#6. Jeff Koterba

 

#7. Pat Bagley

 

#8. Rick McKee

 

#9. Dave Granlund

 

#10. Dave Whamond

 

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Taylor Swift and Autumn! Top Ten Cartoons of the Week!

Did you hear Taylor Swift just might be dating Super Bowl champ Travis Kelce? The news was plastered everywhere this past week, so I commend you if the dating habits of two famous 30-year-olds somehow passed you by.

I enjoyed Rick McKee’s cartoon about the Swift-Kelce hoopla, which juxtaposes celebrity gossip with all the real issues our country faces.

The most popular cartoon this week was Rivers’ take on the beautiful colors of fall. It’s hard to believe we’re just three months away from 2024. Guess I should enjoy the quiet before the election really gets underway.

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

#1. Rivers

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#2. Rick McKee

 

#3. Rick McKee

 

#4. Ed Wexler

 

#5. Dave Whamond

 

#6. Dave Granlund

 

#7. Chris Weyant

 

#8. R.J. Matson

 

#9. Frank Hansen

 

#10. Rick McKee

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Impeachment Insanity – Top Ten Cartoons of the Week!

Congress is back in session, and Republicans are focusing their efforts on an impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden, despite the last of evidence linking him to the business dealings of his son, Hunter.

Complicating matters is the need for Congress to pass a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown, which could happen as soon as the end of next week. It all may be bad for the country, but at least it’s allowing cartoonists to create some funny and pointed work.

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

#1. Dave Whamond

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#2. Dave Granlund

 

#3. Dave Whamond

 

#4. Jeff Koterba

 

#5. Jeff Koterba

 

#6. Chris Weyant

 

#7. Guy Parsons

 

#8. John Darkow

 

#9. Dave Whamond

 

#10. R.J. Matson

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Pumpkin Spice – Top Ten Cartoons of the Week!

It’s the middle of September, or as it’s become known across the U.S. – pumpkin spice season.

That’s when everything from coffee to Oreos to scented candles roll out pumpkin spice-flavored versions of their favorite products. At the top of the list is the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which turns 20 this year after being introduced by Starbucks in 2003.

Rick McKee’s cartoon about our obsession with all thinks pumpkin was easily our most reprinted cartoon this week. Here are the rest of our top ten reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Rick McKee

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#2. Jeff Koterba

 

#3. R.J. Matson

 

#4. John Darkow

 

#5. Rick McKee

 

#6. Pat Byrnes

 

#7. John Cole

 

#8. Dave Granlund

 

#9. Bob Englehart

 

#10. Dave Granlund