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SUSIE on the PLASTIC CRISIS

… it’s the kind of story that’s rarely able to exist, because of the journalism industry’s constraints and expectations. Comics journalism is super popular, but also super labor intensive and super time-consuming. Even the editors most enthusiastic about this still emerging medium often don’t totally understand just how much effort it takes to do two jobs, as both reporter and illustrator. Outlets are reluctant to spend much on cartoons — and even less on comics journalism.

Now that I’m working as a freelancer again, support from readers through Patreon bolsters my ability to keep doing these kinds of projects. Thanks for learning more about my work, and I hope you’ll consider becoming a patron! –Susie Cagle

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A Letter to My Congressman

The impending collapse of journalism is a national tragedy that threatens our democracy. The newspaper industry has been lobbying in Washington seeking government support that is unlikely to happen during the Trump administration which has shown hostility to press criticism – criticism that is strongest and most visible among editorial cartoonists.

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Most Popular Cartoons of the Week!

Here are the ten most popular cartoons of the week (May 9 -May 16). The big winners this week are Jeff Koterba of the Omaha World News and Canadian cartoon maestro, Dave Whamond, each with three cartoons in the top ten. These are the cartoons that are most chosen by newspapers editors to be reprinted other editorial pages. If you disagree with the top ten, take it up with your local newspaper editor. Just about half of America’s daily, paid circulation newspapers subscribe to CagleCartoons.com.

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Planet COVID-19, Part 4

Our Planet COVID-19 posts end today – unfortunately, the coronavirus may go on for months. I think the cartoonists are doing their best work as they are stuck at home. Disasters bring out the best in cartoonists, and their work is more important now than ever. At the same time, the pandemic is taking a terrible toll on newspapers and I fear that we’re seeing a collapse of newspapers now that will bring on a collapse of our political cartooning profession. Please visit Cagle.com/heroes to see what you can do to help save the cartoons.

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Planet COVID-19, Part 3

This week we’re passing a grim milestone, posting more than 1,000 coronavirus cartoons on Cagle.com! So many cartoonists (especially the international cartoonists) are drawing planetary metaphors that I decided to do four posts in a row about “Planet COVID-19”! Here’s part three!  Click on each cartoonists’ name to view their archive on Cagle.com.

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Most POPULAR Cartoons of the Week

Here are the 15 most popular and most reprinted CagleCartoons for the week of March 1st through 7th. We’ve started posting the cartoons that are most popular with editors in a special section on our newspaper subscribers download site. These are the cartoons that editors download the most, in high resolution, to be published in their newspapers. Since we started drawing more attention to the most popular cartoons, we’ve found that editors’ downloads on our site have doubled.

20% of our cartoons get 80% of the reprints. Editors tend to like the same cartoons –and these are the cartoon the editors liked most and published this week. Enjoy!

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Whamond Decade!

Dave Whamond’s favorite cartoons of the past decade are below! Dave’s work has appeared in magazines and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest and many more. He has won 7 Silver Reubens from the National Cartoonists Society and several book awards. Dave has written and/or illustrated over 50 books and his syndicated comic, “Reality Check”, has appeared in newspapers since 1995. He hails from Alberta, Canada.  See Dave’s favorite cartoons of the decade on USA Today, where you can click on each cartoon and see it blown up to fill the screen with a pretty, high-resolution image.

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California’s War on Journalism!

Today’s cartoon is about California’s new law, AB 5, that went into effect this week. The law is terrible for cartoonists and Cagle.com. It was intended to force Uber to make their drivers into employees, but overzealous lawmakers overextended into other areas that they didn’t understand, including journalism. The law is decimating publishers throughout California. AB 5 affects us at California-based Cagle Cartoons also, because we publish Cagle.com, we’re defined as a publisher rather than just as a syndicate. We’ve dropped a number of California cartoonists from our roster and some of the changes that we were forced to make were painful. Some contributors who were paid are now paid nothing, to comply with AB 5.  Cagle.com features almost all non-California cartoonists and columnists now …

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