I’d like to introduce everyone to my brilliant cartoonist/journalist daughter, Susie Cagle. Unlike the cartoons everyone is used to seeing on Cagle.com, Susie’s work is non-fiction; she does original reporting in cartoons. Cartoon journalism is still pretty rare, but it is very effective, especially for making dry topics more interesting and adding some feeling and humanity to stories where text falls flat. And as photojournalism has been made more difficult in our current strange circumstances, cartoon journalism works even when access is difficult. I’d love to see publishers embrace more reporting through cartoons.
We had cartoons about nothing but the coronavirus for months and this week the cartoons abruptly changed to the George Floyd protests. Today I went back to the coronavirus with a silly cartoon that expresses no opinion, like newspaper editors prefer. I drew a sad couple at the TV yesterday. A goofy TV couple is more typical for me. Even with the protests, some cartoonists managed to sneak the coronavirus in. Here are five nice ones from our Cagle Cartoonists – come take a look!
Here’s my new “back to school” cartoon. This isn’t the “back to school” time of year, but there is a lot of news now about when and how schools will reopen with the coronavirus still raging … Everyone tells me that I should post my messy rough sketches online. I’m told that this shows I’m a real person, and that readers love a “window into my process.” The temptation is to draw nicer looking roughs since I know people will see them, but that would take me down a slippery slope into cartoon madness.
Every state is starting to open up from their shelter-in-place orders. President Trump is insisting that states open faster, threatening to override the decisions of governors. The quarantining at home has taken a heavy toll on regular folks, which is the topic of my cartoon.
Here is part two of our BLAME CHINA cartoons! See part one with cartoons defending China pushing against criticism. Since we hear so much about China from the Trump administration, it is interesting that most of the China bashing cartoons come from the international cartoonists.
President Trump claims that he wasn’t late in taking action about the pandemic, he argues that he was early, by declaring a travel ban on China on January 31st, to take effect on February 2nd. Among those sounding an early alarm about the coronavirus threat are the editorial cartoonists. Here is a batch of cartoons from our cartoon first responders who were quick to draw the danger.
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.