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.
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.