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TRUE Crazy Stuff!

Here’s a batch of some crazy TRUE stuff from my factual cartoon panel from the 1990’s that never gets old!


Hurricane Irene Cartoons

First an earthquake, now this? As Hurricane Irene approaches the East Coast, President Barack Obama warned coastal residents to prepare for the worst, saying all indications point to Irene being a “historic” storm.

So hunker down and check out our collection of Hurricane Irene cartoons.

Dave Granlund / (click to view cartoon collection)



Best Deadline Earthquake Cartoons

Yesterday, a 5.8 earthquake struck Virgina, and shook up the entire East Coast, from Georgia to New England. Striking just before 2 p.m., many cartoonists were undoubtedly putting the finishing touches on Wednesday’s cartoon before they had to quickly shift gears and pump out a new cartoon about the rare earthquake for their newspaper.

Nate Beeler, of the Washington Examiner, came up with this inventive and funny cartoon…

Mobile Press-Register cartoonist J.D Crowe thinks a little bit of a shake-up is a good thing…

Rob Tornoe used the news of the injury of one of the Phillies’ star pitchers as the peg for his Philadelphia Inquirer toon…

While John Cole of the Scranton Times-Tribune and Adam Zyglis of the Buffalo News, drawing hundreds of miles apart, proved that two great minds can think alike… and at the same time too…


East Coast Earthquake Cartoons

A moderate earthquake rattled the East Coast today, shaking buildings and homes and rattling hundreds of thousands of people from North Carolina to New York.

Check out our East Coast Earthquake cartoon slideshow for some funny cartoons about this rare East Coast earthquake.

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



My Japanese Tsunami Cartoons

When a natural disaster occurs with as much force and power as the earthquake and tsunami that recent struck Japan, a cartoonist is often faced with the challenge of tying to be thoughtful without abandoning his or her own originality.  I wanted to avoid Japanese flags, Godzilla and references to World War II (see my post about Japanese cartoon “Yahtzees”).

With my first cartoon about the tsunami, I wanted to use a simple image to express sorrow for the Japanese people …

When I was a kid, in the 1960’s, Reddy Kilowatt was the face of modern, nuclear energy …

Here are a couple of guys who always make me laugh …


Japan Nuclear Disaster in Iran

Japan Nuclear Disaster in Iran Color © Daryl Cagle,,Japan, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,Iran,earthquake,nuclear power,disaster


Nuclear Crisis Cartoons

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that leveled Japan over the weekend, the explosion at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has elevated fears of nuclear fallout. Some are putting the accident on a level just below Chernobyl.

Cartoonists from around the world are weighing in the dangerous situation, as well as it’s ramification for nuclear energy worldwide. See what they think in our Nuclear Crisis cartoon slideshow.

Japan nuclear fallout earthquake tsunami
Patrick Chappatte / The International Herald Tribune (click to view cartoon collection)

Japan Cartoon Yahtzees

Every once and a while, cartoonists working hundreds of miles apart will conjure up similar ideas for a cartoon on the same subject. When five or more cartoonists draw the same gag, we refer to these as “Yahtzees.” Our most recent Yahtzee featured Leslie Nielsen and his famous “don’t call me Shirley” line from “Airplane.”

In the aftermath of the disaster that has devastated Japan, several cartoon Yahtzees have emerged from the cartoonists covering this tragic, ongoing event.

As they tend to be instantly-recognizable visual metaphors, cartoonists often use a country’s flag in their cartoon commentary. The Japanese flag is no different, as these cartoonists show:

John Sherffius / Boulder Daily Camera
Manny Francisco / Manila, The Phillippines
Martin Sutovec / Slovakia
Hajo de Reijger / The Netherlands
R.J. Matson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Petar Pismestrovic / Kleine Zeitung, Austria
Brian Adcock / Scotland

Another visual metaphor that is conjured up by the tsunami is “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” a famous woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai. This was also used by several cartoonists:

Martin Sutovec / Slovakia
R.J. Matson / St. Lous Post-Dispatch
Peter Lewis / Australia
Frederick Deligne / Nice-Matin, Nice, France
Aislin / Montreal Gazette
Kap / Spain
Mike Keefe / Denver Post

Finally, as the news broke of the possible meltdown of several nuclear reactors, another similar thought crept into the mind of several cartoonists: Godzilla. The famous Japanese icon made its way into at least five cartoons about the disaster, qualifying it as the third unique cartoon Yahtzee:

David Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star
Gark Markstein / Creators
Dave Granlund /
Olle Johansson / Sweden
Paul Zanetti / Australia
Godzilla Japan Tsunami
Steve Kelley / Times-Picayune
Bill Schorr / Cagle Cartoons

Cartoons about Earthquake in Japan

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan overnight, creating a 23-foot tsunami that swept through coastal areas in Northern Japan, killing hundreds of people. Whenever a natural disaster or tragic event occurs, cartoonists are there to weigh in and present a unique perspective, often saying more with one powerful image than all the words on a page combined (that’s my cartoon below).

View the cartoons that have come in so far about the disaster in Japan’s Enormous Earthquake cartoon slideshow. We’ll update it as more come in.

Japan earthquake tsunami cartoon
Daryl Cagle / (click to view cartoon slideshow)

Tsunami Flowers

Tsunami Flowers Color © Daryl Cagle,,Tsunami,Japan,tidal wave,earthquake,memorial,flowers,lilies


More "How to Draw Like Daryl"

People seem to like it when I show my sloppy drawing process, so here it is again with my last three cartoons.

The most recent cartoon has Obama in the pocket of greedy bankers.  I draw with a hard pencil fairly quickly on 11″x17″ paper.  I like a hard pencil because it encourages me not to render and get bogged down in details.  I first thought I would have Obama shaking his fist, and that didn’t work – in fact, my first Obama attempt didn’t look good at all and I drew over it with a sharpie marker (which is quicker than erasing).

Next I did the finished line art, in pencil on a piece of vellum over the rough sketch.  The black and white line art is how most people see the cartoon in the newspaper.  One thing I notice with student cartoonists that that they shy away from using a lot of black.  Heavy blacks stand out on the page and are lots of fun – don’t be afraid of black.

Then I color the image in with Photoshop, with the black lines as a layer over the color layer.  This is for the few newspapers that print color on their op-ed pages and for the web.  I try to keep my colors bright and simple – when I do anything with textures or colors that aren’t clean and bright, I get complaints from editors who say the cartoons look muddy when they are printed.  Newspapers have lousy printing and the cartoons have to work for the worst of them.

I drew the cartoon below when Scott Brown won the senate seat in Massachusetts – an unpleasant day for Obama and the Democrats.  The first decision I had to make was whether to draw Obama or a Dem donkey under the Massachusetts rain cloud – either would be fine, but since Obama’s agenda was taking a hit, and I like to bash Obama, I went with the president.  Here’s the rough sketch.  I printed out a map of Massachusetts that I found on the web and taped it to the paper.

Then I traced it with pencil on vellum, scanned at high contrast so it looks like I drew it in ink.  This is what most people see in the newspaper.

And here is the color version from our site.

This last one, from last week, is bashing the media in Haiti.  I wasn’t happy with the vultures in my rough sketch, and I drew over them in purple Sharpie Marker, quick and dirty.  Nobody is supposed to see this.

Then I trace it nicely on vellum and scan as line for the newspapers.

And I color it in Photoshop …


Vultures in Haiti

Vultures in Haiti Color © Daryl Cagle,,television, cable news, Haiti, earthquake, disaster, rubble, victim, press, vulture, vultures, birds, deaths, suffering, media