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In the Trump Shadow

Donald Trump casts a big shadow over the Republican field as we approach the first debate. I drew little caricatures of all the candidates – can you name them all? (I would have missed Jim Gilmore – he declared late and I stuck him behind the crowd, behind Ben Carson, as an afterthought.)

I started off drawing this one with Donald Trump as a storm cloud raining on the other Republicans.

When I posted this we started getting calls from editors who wanted a color version, and I haven’t done that yet. I suppose I still should, but I think the shadow version is better.

I’m guessing that the Fox News debate will be either storm or shadow, with Trump on top. We’ll see.

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Donald Trump Tongue Noose

Today on CNN there is a constant barrage of Trump-bashing in response to Trump’s John McCain-bashing. The TV pundits seem sure that Trump’s words have doomed his presidential campaign; I’m not so sure, and as a cartoonist I enjoy having Trump around.

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GOP Energizer Bunny Campaign

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Metamorphosis!

Richard Nixon is great fun to draw.  It would have been wonderful to work as an editorial cartoonist during the Watergate days.  It was an editorial cartooning renaissance.

This week, the pack of cartoonists all ran in the direction of comparing Barack Obama with Richard Nixon because of Obama’s worsening three scandals: the AP records seizure, Benghazi and the IRS.  I draw metamorphosis cartoons every so often, when the news seems to be calling out for them.  Here is the line art for Obama turning into Nixon, which most readers will see in newspapers that print in black and white.

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Here’s the color version.

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Just after the presidential election, the folks at Fox News were apoplectic about their loss, and ranted that Obama would be free to be the wild, radical leftist they knew he was all along, now that he was freed from the constraints of needing to be re-elected.  So I drew this metamorphosis cartoon.

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Back when Apple was rejecting my iPhone app applications, I drew this Apple metamorphosis cartoon …

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And I drew this one when Disney bought Marvel Comics.
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Cartoonists draw evolution themed cartoons all the time – which are pretty similar to metamorphosis, I guess.  Here is Mitt Romney, and his evolving views about evolution, from back in 2007.

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Here’s an evolving Donald Trump from 2011.

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And a general evolution of man cartoon …

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Cartooning, evolution and metamorphosis! It’s a tradition!  I’m working on another one today.

 

 

 

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Welcome Steve Sack!

I’m happy to announce that we have added my cartoonist buddy, Steve Sack, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, to our newspaper syndication package.

Steve has been one of my favorite cartoonists for decades. Steve’s style is deceivingly cute and sweet, masking some nasty, hard-hitting commentary.  Here are a few of my favorites from Steve’s last year.  I’m still laughing at “Rice Konspiracies” below.

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This one surely made Republicans growl …

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Looney Michelle Bachmann is a local favorite for Steve in Minnesota …

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This Donald Trump hair cartoon is great …

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I thought this one was wonderful just because of the way Steve draws helicopters …

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I’d suggest that a cool way to spend New Years Day is a stroll through our
Steve Sack cartoon archive.  It is great fun.

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Best Political Cartoons of the Week

Every Friday, we collect the best political cartoons of the week and stuff them into one big, glorious slideshow.

So just relax and catch up on a week’s worth of news with our Best Cartoons of the Week slideshow.

Jeff Parker / Florida Today (click to launch slideshow)
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Five Reasons Donald Trump is a Joke

So Donald Trump is back in the news today. Apparently, The Donald has decided to endorse Mitt Romney for president in what might be the most awkwardly timed campaign event so far in this campaign. Think about it, after getting slammed over a flub for saying he doesn’t care about the poor, Romney is going to accept the endorsement of the world’s most notorious billionaire, whose catchphrase is, “You’re fired!”

At least cartoonists are ahead of the curve when it comes to Trump. But who’s the more foolish – the fool, or the fool who follows him? Here are five cartoons to help you decide…

Taylor Jones / Cagle Cartoons (click to view more cartoons by Jones)
Rick McKee / Augusta Chronicle (click to view more cartoons by McKee)
John Darkow / Columbia Daily Tribune (click to view more cartoons by Darkow)
Randy Bish / Pittsburgh Tribune- Review (click to view more cartoons by Bish)
Joe Heller / Green Bay Press-Gazette (click to view more cartoons by Heller)
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Cartoon Week in Review

The story of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his “love child” dominated a busy news week. Check out our big Week in Political Cartoons slideshow to get caught up the country’s best political cartoonists think about everything from Newt Gingrich’s implosion to Donald Trump’s decision not to run for President.

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David Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star (click to view slideshow)
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Newt Gingrich Cartoons

Newt Gingrich finally made it official, announcing on both Facebook and Twitter that he’s going to run for President in 2012. Actually, his message to his followers was to tune into Fox News on Wednesday night, where he will “talk about my run for President of the United States” with host Sean Hannity (once a Fox shill, always a Fox shill).

What do the nation’s cartoonists think of his chances? Check out our Newt for President cartoon slideshow to find out.

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David Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star (click to view cartoon collection)
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Cartoonists React To Trump And Birth Certificate

Barack Obama was born in the United States. He is officially an American. The President released his long-form birth certificate today in reaction to increasing calls, let by loud-mouthed clown and GOP front-runner Donald Trump, that he was somehow born on foreign land and not eligible to be our commander-in-chief. Trump has latched onto this birther issue, devolving himself as a serious candidate. Based on his reaction to the news today, I might have to change my cartoon to have Trump asking, “Where are Obama’s school records?” I laughed at Nate Beeler’s cartoon for the Washington Examiner, showcasing the resiliency of the birther movement… While Pulitzer Prize-winner Mike Keefe of the Denver Post suggests the birther’s next line of attack… Green Bay Press-Gazette cartoonist Joe Heller shows that the birthers will always find a reason to doubt Obama’s authenticity… View even more cartoons in our new Obama’s Birth Certificate cartoon collection: Obama's Birth Certificate political cartoons

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Donald Trump For President

Donald Trump for President? Might not be as far-fetched as you think. A recently released Pew Research poll shows that Trump has the highest profile among GOP hopefuls, and polls last week showed The Donald ahead of the rest of the GOP pack, including Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney.

What does the elevation of Donald Trump as a serious presidential candidate mean for jobs? Well, for starters, there should be some job job security for the nation’s cartoonists. Check out their take in our Donald Trump for President cartoon slideshow.

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Daryl Cagle / msnbc.com (click to view cartoon collection)

 

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My New Cartoons

Here are my most recent cartoons …