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Cagle’s 2016 Year in Review

Here’s my year in review! The year started off with Donald Trump knocking off his opponents one by one, in a big Republican field.


Trump attacked his fiercest rival, Ted Cruz, for being born in Canada, arguing that he was not “native born” and constitutionally ineligible to be president.

Trump had a famous, short-lived feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, which led him to boycott a presidential debate that was sponsored by Fox News. Trump’s absence seemed to amount to a victory for him.

Bernie Sanders started out strong and threatened to steal the Democratic nomination from Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic establishment couldn’t grasp why young women voters rejected Hillary and flocked to Bernie.

Bernie hung on until the end – Hillary just couldn’t put him away.

Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia died, and the Republicans would not allow a vote for Obama’s nominee for nine months, in the hope that a Republican would win the election.

The terrible Zika virus spread north from South America.


Ted Cruz and John Kasich tried teaming up for a last ditch effort to derail Trump. It didn’t work.

Trump won the Republican party nomination for president – a concept that many Republicans found difficult to accept.

Trump’s fashion model wife, Melania, gave a speech at the GOP convention that seemed to match a speech by Michelle Obama.

Trump attacked a Muslim “Gold Star Family” that spoke against him at the Democratic Convention.

The media was obsessed with Trump, giving him lots of costly air time – but after he won the GOP nomination, the media turned on Trump and Trump’s support surprised all of the pundits.

Many Republicans couldn’t bring themselves to support their new nominee.

The Party of Lincoln was horrified.

“Pay to Play” allegations about the Clinton Foundation stung Hillary.

In other news, Civil War freedom fighter Harriet Tubman was selected to grace the $20.00 bill, kicking slave plantation owner Andrew Jackson off.

Great Britain voted for “Brexit” – an exit from the European Union.

Highly publicized, and unjustifiable police shootings led to attacks on police and nationwide demonstrations.

Greedy drug companies raised priced and screwed customers.

The Summer Olympics were dominated by news of the success of the American swim team, and then by news of the American swimmers vandalizing a bathroom and lying about it.

The Trump vs. Clinton campaign was possible the ugliest presidential contest ever.

Trump made a surprise visit to meet the president of Mexico – to the horror of Mexicans.

Trump seemed to be fond of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, as the Russians hacked the Democratic party boosting Trumps campaign by releasing embarrassing emails through their proxy, Wikileaks.

The race was tight, focusing on swing-states.

Hate groups endorsed Trump – and I heard from many of them by e-mail.

Trump accused Hillary of being too sick to be president.

The presidential debates drew the biggest audiences ever.

“Access Hollywood” recordings of Trump bragging about sexual assaults dominated the headlines.

Trump claimed that the election was “rigged” against him, suggesting that he wouldn’t “accept” the election results if Hillary were to win.

Days before the election, FBI Director James Comey reopened the e-mail investigation of Hillary, an event that Hillary’s supporters believe cost her the election.

Trump won!

Half the nation was shocked.

The election was a Democrat apocalypse.

Trump’s transition was just as crazy as his campaign, with untraditional cabinet picks of generals and billionaires who seem to defy his promise to “drain the swamp.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Cruz and Kasich Team Up to Topple Trump

Cruz and Kasich have decided not to compete against each other so that they don’t split up the “stop-Trump” vote in the remaining states.

I think Trump gets a spray tan, and covers his eyes, making for little white areas around his eyes. I suppose he could have a farmers tan and wears sunglasses when he’s outside, but I lean towards the spray tan theory. I’ve gotten criticized by some readers who complain that I don’t draw Trump flesh tone orange enough. In fact, I’ve been using the same old flesh tone for Trump that I have been using for other characters in the cartoons. With this cartoon I made a change to Trump’s flesh tone.  Should I stick with it? Is he orange enough? Should I go back to flesh tone normalcy with Trump?

Check out the video below to watch me draw this cartoon in real time.

in the next video I color the cartoon in Photoshop.

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The GOP Smoke Filled Room!

I think Trump has good arguments about the undemocratic process of selecting delegates to the Republican convention. The responses defending the system, noted in my cartoon below, miss the point that voters are disenfranchised.

Look familiar? It might if you are from Nashville, where I used the same group last year in a local cartoon bashing Nashville’s infamous Metro Planning Commission.

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Many years earlier, the same group made an appearance in a cartoon that I drew in response to a plea for cartoons about the declining ranks of newspaper cartoonists.  I’ll bet almost no one saw this one.

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So, if this is the first time you’ve seen this slimy, smoky group, I forgive you.

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Trump and Cruz Dissing Muslims

This Trump/Cruz cartoon shows the poor Statue of Liberty reacting to the rhetoric. I hesitate every time I draw Liberty now. The Onion has made Lady Liberty into a symbol of third-rate editorial cartooning, always appearing with a tear in her eye. There’s some truth in that.

This cartoon is an update of the oldie below, where I had a Republican elephant at the left. This one needed an update!

Watch me draw this one in real time in the video below!

 

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Wisconsin Trips-up Trump?

What? I drew a cartoon with Trump losing Wisconsin – before we know if he wins or loses in Wisconsin? When there are major elections we typically get cartoons in advance that anticipate the outcome of the contests. If Trump loses Wisconsin tonight, editors will have this one in the can, ready for tomorrow morning’s paper on short notice. If Trump does well in Wisconsin, this cartoon goes to waste.

Want to see me draw this one in real time? Check out the YouTube video below. This cartoon turned out to be about the Donald’s hair, without my really intending to do that, but it was fun. I need to look for windy gags for Trump.

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Republicans Cracking Up!

It looks like the extremists and moderates in the Republican party are breaking up.

You can see me draw this one in real time in the video below – it starts at 1:13:19 (the first part is coloring the last cartoon).

Sorry, it looks like a chink at the beginning was lost in the transition from Twitch to YouTube. Here’s part two, showing me color the cartoon in Photoshop.

This morning I saw the cartoon in my local newspaper, which is always fun. Notice how the suit and purple skin tone are much darker in print, and much more blue; I need to remember to allow for darkening and blue-ing in print.

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Republican Frontrunners Tongue-Tied

I was inspired by the latest Republican debate to draw this nasty cartoon, with Trump, Cruz and Rubio tongue-tied, although it looks like Rubio was the most tongue tied.

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Watch me color this one in real time, and join me for the next cartoons I draw in a live stream. I’m happy to chat, come join me next time.

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How to Draw Donald Trump and Ted Cruz

I struggled a bit to get my caricatures of Trump and Cruz right in this cartoon, and I had over 100 concurrent viewers of my live stream on Twitch for the first time, watching me struggle. This live stream stuff can be a little stressful. Here’s the latest cartoon.

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Watch me work this one through in real time in the YouTube videos below!

And here’s part two …

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Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Oscar the Grouch!

I recently put together an illustration portfolio on Behance.net/darylcagle including some of my old Muppet artwork, which got me to thinking of Oscar the Grouch as the metaphor for grouchy Iowa Republicans. I draw a Muppet metaphor about once every two years – I miss the old Muppet days of my youth.

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I drew this one as a live stream on Twitch – come watch me draw the whole thing in real time in the YouTube videos below …

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Donald Trump Skips the Fox News/GOP/Iowa Debate!

Frankly, I think it is smart of Trump to skip the Fox News/GOP/Iowa debate tonight.  Fox News seems to be on an all-out anti-Trump blitz today. What happened to the good old days when news networks were fair and balanced?

I drew this one as a live stream on Twitch – please come and follow me at Twitch.tv/darylcagle. This one took about four hours to draw, so it is broken into two parts. Here’s part one, where I start with a blank sheet of paper and figure out what to draw.

Oh! That was two hours long! And there are ANOTHER two hours to watch in the video below!

 

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Those Little Republican Piggies!

“This Little Piggy” is an editorial cartooning standard. Here it is with the Republican candidates as toes …

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I drew this one live online. I’m going to try to do this with all of my cartoons going forward – it is a brave new day! Check out the video of my drawing session and come join me next time and I’ll chat with you while I draw!