Roughing It, Volume 18


Last week for CNN, I was focused on White House chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney’s quid pro quo confession. Here the roughs from that session with my editors.

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This is the one we went with. My editor for the week (it rotates), Jane, suggested I throw in “get over it” to the text in the second panel which was a very good idea. This cartoon turned out to be very popular.

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I always throw in something on a different subject. This one was awesome in my head and didn’t work at all on paper. I don’t think I even sent it to my editors.

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I don’t think I sent this one either. I got the idea after we had decided to go with a Rudy cartoon so I drew this for my newspaper clients. The next morning, I was told they had changed their minds and I had to think of something else. I think if I had shown CNN this one, they would have chosen it.

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I thought this was just kinda OK.

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This too…just OK.

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My editor liked this one and approved it. Then, I suggested a different way to do it.

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This was it. My editor liked it and said we’d go with it. I told her that I could change “Kool-Aid” for “turf,” as most people may not be familiar with that pop-culture reference. She said she was glad I was “bringing it back.” I told her if I was using it, then it’s probably not coming back. Ultimately though, they decided we had done enough with Rudy and wanted something else. I really didn’t know what I was going to do and was at the point where I thought I would never have another decent idea ever again…and then I thought of the idea at the top of this blog. I was happy with it.

Let me know which idea is your favorite. Did we pick the right one?

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