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Top Ten Cartoons of the Week – September 5, 2020

Here are the ten most widely published cartoons of the week (August 29th through September 5th, 2020). As usual, no drawings of president Trump were among the most popular with newspaper editors. Seven of the cartoons are light, life during the pandemic cartoons. Three are “back to school during the pandemic” cartoons, which is still the most popular topic with editors.

Rick McKee runs away with the week, claiming the #1, #4 and #10 spots! I’m impressed! Dave Granlund also had a great week taking #2 and #7. Congrats to Rick and Dave!

Kudos to the other cartoonists who made the Top Ten most reprinted list this week, Kevin Siers, Ed Wexler, Dave Whamond, Bruce Plante, and Jeff Koterba.

Our Top Ten is a measure of how many editors choose to reprint each of our cartoons, from the 62 cartoonists in our CagleCartoons.com syndication package. Just about half of America’s daily, paid circulation newspapers (around 700 papers) subscribe to CagleCartoons.com.


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#1

Rick McKee dominated the week with this very popular #1 cartoon, along with two more in the Top Ten.

#2

This second place cartoon by Dave Granlund also stood out from the pack with well more reprints than the rest. Dave has two cartoons in the Top Ten this week.

 

#3

Kevin Siers takes 3rd place with a “back to school” during the pandemic cartoon, a topic that remains the most popular with newspaper editors.

#4

Rick McKee also takes 4th place, with his second of three cartoons in the Top Ten this week.

 

#5

Ed Wexler takes 5th place – editors crave “everyday life during the pandemic” cartoons.

 

#6

Dave Whamond takes 6th place with a “back to school during the pandemic” cartoon.

 

#7

Dave Granlund nabs 7th place with his second cartoon in the Top Ten.

#8

Bruce Plante takes 8th place with a “back to school during the pandemic” cartoon.

 

#9

 Jeff Koterba is tied for 9th place.

#9

Rick McKee shares a tie for 9th place, rounding out the Top Ten with his third cartoon. Quite a week for Rick!


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N.R.A. CROOKS

This week we heard the news that the Attorney General in New York is filing a suit to have the National Rifle Association (NRA) dissolved because of massive self-dealing by the people who ran the non-profit, who lived crazy, lavish lifestyles on the money they stole from the organization. Here’s my cartoon …

You’re getting a special, advance look at this one. I finished it late on Friday afternoon. They way newspapers work, posting a new cartoon late on Friday means it will be old by the time that editors come back to work after the weekend on Monday, and it is unlikely to get printed. I’ll be posting this one on Sunday for the editors who come in early to put together their Monday editions, and it won’t be too old for the editors who don’t come in to work until Monday for the Tuesday editions. (I know – boring cartoonist wonk talk. Thanks to my brilliant, cartoonist son, Michael, for this excellent gag.)


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Here are some of my favorite cartoons by the other CagleCartoonists about the thieves who run the N.R.A.


Dave Whamond


Dave Granlund


Adam Zyglis


Bill Day

 

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Koterba Decade!

Here are Jeff Koterba’s favorite cartoons of the past decade!  Jeff has been the staff cartoonist for The Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska for many years.  See Jeff’s favorite cartoons of the decade on USA Todaywhere you can click on each cartoon and see it blown up to fill the screen with a pretty, high-resolution image.  See the complete archive of Jeff’s syndicated cartoons here.

Look at our other, great collections of Cartoon Favorites of the Decade, selected by the artists.
Pat Bagley Decade!
Nate Beeler Decade!
Daryl Cagle Decade! 
Patrick Chappatte Decade!
John Cole Decade!
John Darkow Decade!
Bill Day Decade!
Sean Delonas Decade!
Bob Englehart Decade!
Randall Enos Decade!
Dave Granlund Decade!
Taylor Jones Decade!
Mike Keefe Decade!
Peter Kuper Decade!
Jeff Koterba Decade!
RJ Matson Decade!
Gary McCoy Decade!
Rick McKee Decade!
Milt Priggee Decade!
Bruce Plante Decade!
Steve Sack Decade!


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Granlund Decade!

Here are Dave Granlund’s favorite cartoons of the past decade!

See Dave’s favorite cartoons on USA Todaywhere you can click on each cartoon and see it blown up to fill the screen with a pretty, high-resolution image.  See the complete archive of Dave’s syndicated cartoons here.

Look at our other, great collections of Cartoons Favorites of the Decade, selected by the artists.
Pat Bagley Decade!
Nate Beeler Decade!
Daryl Cagle Decade! 
Patrick Chappatte Decade!
John Cole Decade!
John Darkow Decade!
Bill Day Decade!
Sean Delonas Decade!
Bob Englehart Decade!
Randall Enos Decade!
Dave Granlund Decade!
Taylor Jones Decade!
Mike Keefe Decade!
Peter Kuper Decade!
Jeff Koterba Decade!
RJ Matson Decade!
Gary McCoy Decade!
Rick McKee Decade!
Milt Priggee Decade!
Bruce Plante Decade!
Steve Sack Decade!


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Cole Decade!

Here are John Cole’s favorite cartoons of the past decade! John is the staff cartoonist for the Scranton Times-Tribune in Pennsylvania, and he also draws local cartoons about North Carolina for NCPolicyWatch.com

See John’s favorite cartoons 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. John’s cartoons are very impressive in a large scale!  See the complete archive of John’s syndicated cartoons here.

Look at our other, great collections of Cartoons Favorites of the Decade, selected by the artists.
Pat Bagley Decade!
Nate Beeler Decade!
Daryl Cagle Decade! 
Patrick Chappatte Decade!
John Cole Decade!
John Darkow Decade!
Bill Day Decade!
Sean Delonas Decade!
Bob Englehart Decade!
Randall Enos Decade!
Dave Granlund Decade!
Taylor Jones Decade!
Mike Keefe Decade!
Peter Kuper Decade!
Jeff Koterba Decade!
RJ Matson Decade!
Gary McCoy Decade!
Rick McKee Decade!
Milt Priggee Decade!
Bruce Plante Decade!
Steve Sack Decade!


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Trump’s Gift for Putin

It seems like Trump is always coming up with new ways to please his buddy Putin. Syria is the latest gift.

 

Here’s a different perspective on happy Putin, from my buddy David Fitzsimmons.

 

Turkey’s president Erdogan call his invasion of the USA’s former Kurdish friends’ territory, “Operation Peace Spring,” which sounds very nice, as Bas van der Schot points out.

 

Adam Zyglis draws Putin and Erdogan and Turkey …

 

Here’s RJ Matson’s view; I love the tie.

 

 

 

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Kurds Screwed!

I’m back from our annual CagleCartoons trip to France!  I’ll post about that soon.  Sorry for the time away from the blog!

While I was gone, President Trump betrayed the Kurds and invited Turkey to invade Syria, setting up a chain of events that essentially hand all of Syria to Russia and Iran. Right when I should have been at the drawing board, I was away, and then bogged down in doing the quarterly artists royalties. Arrgh! Here’s my “Kurds Screwed” cartoon.

A lot of cartoonists drew the Kurds being stabbed in the back. I liked this one by Adam Zyglis …

This is a nice one from Rick McKee

This realistic cartoon by Bart van Leeuwen –I’m not sure I understand this one, but I know how much it hurts to step on Legos.

This one by RJ Matson made me laugh and cry.

Everything by Steve Sack is great …

 

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Ukraine Extortion

The news today is dominated by the Ukraine extortion story. here’s my cartoon …

Yes, I know, Ukraine doesn’t look like this lady. She shouldn’t have blond hair. She shouldn’t be fat. OK. OK. I visited Kiev and I saw this in a gift shop …

And I found her Ukrainian folksy dress on the Web. We go with the chichés we have, not the clichés we want or wish to have, as Donald Rumsfeld would say.

Here are some of my recent favorites on the Whistleblower scandal. This one is by Dave Whamond

This one is from RJ Matson

This one is by Ed Wexler

This one is by Monte Wolverton

 

 

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The Best of Roger Stone

News that comes out on Fridays push editorial cartoons into the next week as cartoonists and editors have already planned ahead for the weekend –that’s how it is with the indictment of Roger Stone last Friday. I’m sure we’ll see more Roger Stone cartoons trickle in this week. Here’s my Stone toon and some of my Roger Stone favorites …

 

I love this Taylor Jones cartoon –and so does Roger Stone, who licensed it from us to run in his recent book.

 

This Stone keystone is by my buddy, Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle …

 

Here are a couple from our new, photo-realist cartoonist, Bart van Leeuwen

 

This one is from John Cole

This is from Adam Zyglis

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Snails and Salt!

Snails and salt are a great political cartoon cliché. We’ve all drawn a bunch of them.

That’s Trump’s stooge, Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as the salt shaker foaming Mueller’s slow moving investigation. Snails have a tough time with salt, as explained in my TRUE! cartoon below …

Here’s one of my snail oldies, from 2005 when George W. Bush was being slimed by FEMA’s slow response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

I love snail cartoons.

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Split Congress and Sinking Oil Prices

Here’s one I drew a week ago that I forgot to post here! The Democrats have the House and the Republicans have the Senate – I look forward to seeing divided government at work again!

I’m impressed by how quickly oil prices are plummeting, and pulling down that stock market. The cartoon below was an oldie that I drew the last time this happened. There isn’t much news that is truly new news. The same old news seems to happen over and over, so sometimes I dust off an appropriate oldie.

This one needed to be in a vertical format, something that makes editorial cartoons sink. Editors like to leave a standard sized wide box as the editorial cartoon hole to fill each day, so deviating from the standard 1.5 wide by 1 tall box means a cartoon doesn’t get much ink.

But, sometimes I need to break out of the box. I hate being stuck in a box!

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Sessions Kicked Out

President Trump had his mind on the FBI’s Russia probe when he kicked Attorney General Jeff Sessions out.

Remember when Trump kicked out his National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, because of Flynn’s ties to Russia?

That seems like a long time ago, but the news happens so fast now, it really wasn’t that long. This seemed like a good time to update this one. Since I drew this one, I’ve started drawing Trump fatter, and with a bigger face and neck. I spent some years living in New York where Trump was in the news throughout the 1980’s, and he was a skinny guy. It has taken me some time to adjust my thinking of him as fat.

Doesn’t it seem like the characters who get the boot are the most fun to draw?