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Midterms Approach: Top Ten Cartoons of the Week

We’re a little more than a week out from Election Day, and inflation remains one of the biggest issues of the midterms. Everything just seems to keep getting more and more expensive.

Of course, the election itself is a great topic for cartoons. Election deniers, unfit candidates, polarization – unfortunately there’s a lot of material for cartoonists to work with.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Chris Weyant, Boston Globe


#2. Dave Whamond,


#3. Dave Granlund,


#4. Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune


#5. John Darkow, Columbia Missourian


#6. Rivers,


#7. John Darkow, Columbia Missourian


#8. Jeff Koterba,


#9. Dave Granlund,


#10. Dave Whamond,

Daryl Cagle is the publisher of and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc, a syndicate that distributes editorial cartoons and columns to hundred of newspapers. See Daryl’s blog at: See all of the cartoons at
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Top Ten Cartoons – New Green Deal

Last week, President Joe Biden announced he will pardon thousands of Americans federally convicted of marijuana possession. It didn’t take long for cartoonists to twist the acronym POTUS into fun riffs on pot and new green deals.

The upcoming midterm elections were also on the minds of cartoonists and editors last week. While cartoonists love the candidates and craziness that comes with national elections every couple of years, for most voters Nov. 8 can’t get here soon enough.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Dave Granlund,


#2. Bob Englehart,


#3. Dave Granlund,


#4. Dave Whamond,


#5. Jeff Koterba,


#6.John Darkow, Columbia Missourian


#7. Randal Enos,


#8. Dave Granlund,


#9. Chris Weyant, Boston Globe


#10. David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star

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Different Worlds – Top Ten Cartoons of the Week

The Top Ten most reprinted editorial cartoons this week again show the stark contrast between what newspaper editors want, what cartoonists want to draw and what we are seeing on the TV news.

Cartoonists want to draw cartoons about Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine, which is dominating the television news. Editors have little interest in cartoons about the war. In the past week, only one popular cartoon mentions the war or mentions Putin, in a combined gag about Will Smith and President Biden. It seems like editorial cartoonists and newspaper editors are living in different worlds.

Historians look back at editorial cartoons as a window on their times, reflecting the concerns of readers about the issues of the day; this no longer works, and stopped being true during the Trump administration, when cartoonists were all drawing Trump, who dominated the news while editors had little interest in running editorial cartoons depicting Trump.

Here’s a graph showing the relative number of reprints, and you can see how editors preferred Dave Granlund’s cartoon about Netflix much more than the rest.  Congratulations, Dave!

And here are the Top Ten …


Dave Whamond took the #1 most reprinted spot, by a wide margin.


Rick McKee took second place with his first of two in the Top Ten.


Jeff Koterba took third place.


John Cole nabbed 4th place.


Dave Whamond claims the five-spot with his first of two cartoons in theTop Ten.


Adam Zyglis came in sixth.


Dave Whamond nabs seventh place with his second cartoon in the Top Ten.


Rivers took 8th place.


John Darkow takes 9th place.


Rick McKee wraps it up at number ten with his second cartoon in the Top Ten.

Our weekly Top Ten is now a newspaper column!  Subscribing editors can find it at with download links to grab the cartoons in high resolution.

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Here are the first ten of my twenty, favorite, TOILET PAPER CARTOONS!

Tune in tomorrow for part TWO!

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John Darkow

Jeff Koterba

Rick McKee

Bruce Plante

Dave Granlund

John Cole

Pat Bagley

Dave Whamond

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TRUE Stupid Stuff 2!

Here’s another new batch of my old TRUE cartoons from the 1990’s – at least the ones that look like they could still be true. This is from a batch about government.

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Yet another new collection of my old TRUE cartoons, about sex! This is TRUE SEX part 3. I’m updating and entering these into our store as go through these oldies. I’ll have a few more batches before I run out of evergreens.


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Andy Singer’s Panel Cartoons in the Editorial Cartoon Spot

Editorial page editors typically reject anything new and different from editorial cartoonists. Unusual styles and formats are just not what editors want to see. Editors like cartoons that look like what they think editorial cartoons should look like – which leads to lots of cartoons that look much the same.

I’ve been a big fan of Andy Singer’s self-syndicated, altie “No Exit” panel for years, and I’ve been encouraging Andy to try his hand at more traditional editorial cartooning. Andy’s panel has content that is socially conscious, like an editorial cartoon, but it is not the right shape, and it is wordy, and it doesn’t have caricatures of politicians and the panel format with a title is simply not something editorial page editors will consider putting in their daily editorial cartoon hole.

What to do? Andy wanted to be on the editorial pages but was committed to continuing the “No Exit” panel. Then he gave me a new pitch, saying, “Daryl, you know, when I put two of my panels next to each other it becomes the shape of an editorial cartoon, and if I do two panels that are on the same topic, and color them, it looks like one big editorial cartoon.” The idea looked interesting to me. The result is rather stylistically different than what editors are used to but Andy’s new editorial cartoon format looks like wordy, multi panel editorial cartoons, and editors seem to be accepting them. The connection between the two panels might be a stretch, but no one seems to notice. So far, so good.

A number of comic strip cartoonists, Like Dan Piraro and Wiley Miller, have been doing their cartoons in both strip and panel format for years. Andy’s work has some format advantages over most magazine gag cartoonists’ work; Andy’s panels are topically editorial cartoons to start with, and he doesn’t have a classic gag cartoon style with a caption at the bottom, which would be more difficult to reformat. Still, it may be that some other socially conscious panel or gag cartoonists could develop a new market by finding a procedure to reformat their ongoing work as editorial cartoons. Andy Singer is the trailblazer.

One of Andy’s new, combined format cartoons for the editorial pages. With the same characters and consistent color and format, it looks right as a single editorial cartoon and is proving popular so far.

Here are a couple more new editorial cartoons from Andy. Follow Andy’s work on here.


Press Jerk or Bitch?

Here is my newest cartoon, with the media as an abused spouse of our petulant president. I did two versions of this one, with Obama saying “Bitch” for brave editors, and one with Obama saying “Jerk” for timid editors. I hope they will print “Bitch” but I expect that they will choose to print “Jerk.”  Here is the rough sketch.

BeatenPressSketch600wide Press Jerk or Bitch? cartoonsHere it is in black and white, as most newspapers readers will see it – “Bitch” version.

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And color, “Bitch” version …

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Here’s the color “Jerk” version …

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Editors can be pretty darn timid, and I suspect that both versions of this cartoon might scare them off.

My grouchy editorial cartoonist colleagues, who lambasted me for my two-version Miranda cartoon, will be debating banning two versions of editorial cartoons as “unethical” at our upcoming convention. I must admit that, if some kinds of cartoons are banned, I’ll be motivated to draw them anyway, just to break the rules.

Another thing my colleagues will discuss banning are cartoons that are similar to other cartoons a cartoonist has drawn in the past. This abused press cartoon is similar to an oldie I drew about high gas prices.

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It will be interesting to see how the cartoonists plan to enforce their new ethical rules.

The abused spouse gas cartoon generated some angry mail from actual abused spouses who were upset with me for not taking them seriously, in some strong and emotional language.  I actually apologized for this one, since people were so upset.  For any readers I offend with my new cartoon, you again have my apology – it is not my intent to criticize abused spouses – the cartoon is only about Obama and the press!



Clinton and Obama Boxers

Clinton and Obama Boxers © Daryl Cagle,,Bill Clinton,Barack Obama,gasoline,gas,shorts,boxers,hearts,gas pump,energy,cigarette,cigar


My Rising Gas Price Cartoons

With the cost of a gallon of gas inching closer and closer to $4, many economists worry that the pinch people are feeling at the pump will harm our current recovery.

The rising cost of gas is something that happens every year, but it seems to be getting worse. Gas prices have never been higher this time of the year than they are now, and we can expect even sharper increases at the pump because gas typically rises in March and April.

I’ve drawn lots of cartoons over the years about the rising cost of gas. Here are some of my favorites…


Big Oil Cartoons

Will gas at the pump costing most Americans $4 a gallon, it’s hard to be sympathetic for “big oil.” Yet that’s what it seems like Republicans and the C.E.O.’s of these companies want, as they attempt to make the case against a Democratic proposal to remove $2 billion in tax breaks to these extremely profitable companies.

What do the nation’s cartoonists link about big oil and their subsidies? Check out our new Big Oil is Big Business cartoon slideshow.

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Jimmy Margulies / The Record, (click to view slideshow)

Cartoon Round-up Ouch Gas prices

Ouch! Gas Prices!

The price of oil came close to the $100 dollar a barrel level recently as gas prices continue to climb. High gas prices are an evergreen theme for political cartoonists. Huge, menacing gas pumps have become a regular cartoon character.

After a while it gets tough. We’ve drawn every possible combination of SUV bashing, oil company logo parody; we drew paying an “arm and a leg” for gas, with actual arms and legs – or paying with your first born; or trading the college education for a tank of gas. Gas pumps are often guns pointed at the comsumers’ head – or nooses.

Just when it seems like every possible gas price gag has been done – we have another round of high gas prices and we’re all back to the drawing board.

Daryl Cagle is a political cartoonist and blogger for Daryl is a past president of the National Cartoonists Society and his cartoons are syndicated to more than 800 newspapers, including the paper you are reading. He runs the most popular cartoon site on the Web at His books “The BIG Book of Bush Cartoons” and “The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Editions,” are available in bookstores now.

Daryl is filling in for Susie Cagle, who is on vacation this week.