Here are our most reprinted cartoons of the year, 2020. We have about 700 newspapers in the USA that subscribe to our CagleCartoons.com syndicate service and we collect data on which cartoons newspaper editors download; these cartoons were the biggest hits – each was the #1 cartoons the week it ran.
The most reprinted cartoons of the year provide a clear lesson in what newspaper editors wanted to see with five of the cartoons explicitly about the pandemic and a couple of others generally about bad times. The cartoons emphasize how much editors want to see cartoons about holidays and events (Christmas, New Year, Election Day, Daylight Savings Time Day, change of season). The cartoons also clearly show how most newspaper editors tend to avoid cartoons about politics and president Trump, to the frustration of the political cartoonists.
What is most amazing about the Top Ten cartoons this year is the stellar performance of Dave Granlund who took the #1 and #2 spots with the most reprinted cartoons of the year. Jeff Koterba, Dave Whamond and I have two cartoons each on the list.
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Dave Granlund wins the year with this wildly popular Christmas/Pandemic cartoon.
Dave Granlund also takes second place with this Election Day reminder cartoon. Call to vote cartoons were very popular this year.
Jeff Koterba takes third place with his first of two cartoons in the Top Ten.
Dave Whamond takes 4th place, with the first of two cartoons on the list. Cartoons complaining about what a terrible year 2020 was, were very popular.
I took 5th place with this general complaint about the bad times.
Jeff Koterba takes 6th place with this COVID/New Year combo – his second on the list.
My second cartoon on the list was a call to vote emphasizing “mail-in voting” which President Trump claimed was fraudulent because more Democrats tend to vote by mail.
Dave Whamond claims 8th place with this cartoon about distance learning. Cartoons about school during the pandemic were top performers with editors this year.
Rick McKee takes 9th place with Christmas/COVID combo cartoon.
Steve Sack nabs tenth place with this lovely Autumn/how-bad-things-are cartoon.
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