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Africa Dumping Refugees on Europe

I spent some extra time on this cartoon which was more complicated to draw than usual. I always complain about the cartoon ideas that enthusiastic readers suggest I draw because the readers think in words rather than images, and I get pitches like, “have one army on the left clashing with another army coming in from the right while the sky is filled with helicopters.” I’m much too lazy for that.

So, here I’m drawing a crowd of refugees crashing down on, and running through Europe. I’m too lazy for that, but, well … at least the sky isn’t filled with helicopters.

I laid it out in pencil first …

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And here’s a close-up view of the little refugees …

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This is much bigger than my actual drawing and it looks pretty messy when it is blown up – rather disturbing – makes me want to go back in and clean it up a bit. I have to be realistic here; like the European Union, there’s a limit to how much of my resources I can free up for refugees.

 

 

 

 

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Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, GREECE!

My new “Grexit” cartoon is pretty similar to other recent Grexit cartoons, showing Greece blowing off the European Union at the same time that they are begging for big loans from the EU. Gotta love that Greek chutzpah.

I think the best cartoon along these lines comes from Jos Collignon of the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant. We’ll be adding Jos to Cagle.com soon and I’m a big fan of his work. In editorial cartooning, whoever uses the fewest words wins!

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Grexit Beggar

Grexit Beggar © Daryl Cagle,CagleCartoons.com,Greece,Greek,bank,European Union,EU,money,business,ATM,teller,Automated teller,Grexit,bum,beggar,vagrant,tin cup,go to hell

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Grouchy Grexit ATM

I think the long lines at Greek ATMs are funny.

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Greek Bank ATM Line

Greek Bank ATM Line © Daryl Cagle,CagleCartoons.com,Greece,Greek,bank,European Union,EU,money,business,ATM,teller,Automated teller,Grexit,Economy, euro

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Euro Bomb Repost

Euro Bomb Repost © Daryl Cagle,CagleCartoons.com,Euro,european,bomb,currency,greece,crisis,finance,currency,markets,germany,Alexis Tsipras

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Greece Merkel and the EuroREPOSTED

Greece  Merkel and the EuroREPOSTED © Daryl Cagle,CagleCartoons.com,Germany, Angela Merkel, statue, discus, olympics, Greece, euro

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Greece Merkel and the Euro REPOSTED

Greece  Merkel and the Euro REPOSTED © Daryl Cagle,CagleCartoons.com,Germany,Angela Merkel,statue,discus,olympics,Greece,euro

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Greedy Bankers Devour Cyprus

The banking crisis in Cyprus is great fun and a gift to editorial cartoonists — like me! It is a story of crazy economic collapse, with Russian mobsters laundering money in secret accounts and crooked Cypriot bankers who gambled the dirty cash away on risky Greek bonds, bringing down the economy of their tiny nation.

The sordid tale reminds me of Greek mythology and Francisco Goya’s famous painting Saturn Devouring his Child, that the Spanish master painted on the plaster wall of his dining room at home, charming his guests when they came over for dinner. I love to draw editorial cartoons that deface masterpieces; editors seem to like these cartoons the best, reprinting them much more than my other cartoons.

Saturn knew that one of his children was going to kill him, so, of-course, he ate all of his kids, except for one that his wife, Rhea, hid from him. Rhea slipped a rock into swaddling clothes and gave it to Saturn, who swiftly swallowed the rock, thinking he was eating his son, Zeus.

Years later, Zeus grew up and confronted his Dad, by some accounts slicing Dad’s belly open and freeing his siblings, the Titans, who emerged no worse for wear after their years of digestive confinement. By other accounts, Zeus slipped his Dad something that made Dad vomit up his Titanic siblings — either way, this Greek myth is a perfect metaphor for Cyprus and the EU.

Spurred on by Russian mobsters, greedy, giant, Greek bankers devoured the little economy of Cyprus and soon the EU will slice open the bankers’ belly (or induce them to vomit, depending on which version you prefer) freeing the Cypriot economy which will be no worse for wear from its digestive confinement.

Another interesting element in this mythical cartoon comparison is that Zeus also castrated his father, just as the EU will metaphorically castrate the Cypriot bankers and give those Russian mobsters a “haircut.”

In cartoons, mythology, masterpieces and economics, what goes around comes around.

Daryl Cagle is a cartoonist who runs the CagleCartoons.com newspaper syndicate distributing editorial cartoons to more than 850 newspapers around the world including the paper you are reading now; he is a past president of the National Cartoonists Society. Comments to Daryl may be sent to [email protected] Read Daryl’s blog at www.cagle.com/daryl.

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'Owed' on a Grecian Urn

Political cartoonists often use established visual metaphors in order to help get their opinion across in their work. Greek urns have managed to survive thousands of years, so what better metaphor to use in order to describe the fiscal calamity Greece currently faces?

Joep Bertrams / The Netherlands, PoliticalCartoons.com (click to view more cartoons by Bertrams)
Chris Weyant / The Hill (click to view more cartoons by Weyant)
Nate Beeler / Columbus Dispatch (click to view more cartoons by Beeler)
Dave Granlund / PoliticalCartoons.com (click to view more cartoons by Granlund)
Christo Komarnitski / Bulgaria, PoliticalCartoons.com (click to view more cartoons by Komarnitski)
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My Big, Fat Greek Collapse Cartoons

Will Greece remain in the Euro?

It’s a debate that’s flummoxing all of Europe at the moment. Leaders of the G8 industrialized nations agreed over the weekend that Greece should remain a member of the European Union, yet many, like Hungary’s finance minister, say openly that the only way forward is for Greece to leave the Euro.

[ Check out our collection of cartoons about the Crisis in Greece

Here’s my new cartoon about the craziness in Greece, featuring a Greek statue throwing a Euro coin at German Chancellor Angela Merkel…

Whenever anyone in the U.S. thinks of Greece, century-old temples and marble statues are often the first things that come to mind. Using these visual images makes it easier to express the dire situation Greece faces without getting into the weeds of numbers and details…

Of course, all the statues have to be armless. It’s like drawing a cheating politician in his underwear – white boxers with red hearts should always be revealed when their pants drop to the ground…

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Greece Merkel and the Euro

Greece  Merkel and the Euro © Daryl Cagle,MSNBC.com,Germany,Angela Merkel,euro,statue,discus,olympics,Greece