One cartoon in his batch is from last week. The rest are from this week.
I was out and away from my iPad when breaking news came in Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was retiring. I should have known with the quickness I got this idea that someone else would do something similar…or basically the same idea. Before I could finish my cartoon, Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had published the same idea. Then I saw one by Politico’s Matt Wuerker. Then I saw a meme of the idea from The Daily Show. Even though it was obviously obvious, I still liked it. I also liked mine better.
Also, I wanted to whine and someone had to see this so I texted it to a colleague of mine. Guess what he was working on.
This is the rough for last week’s cartoon for the CNN Opinion newsletter, Provoke/Persuade. I had so much fun drawing this that I added more detail than usual to the rough. It was also the only rough I drew for the newsletter as it was the first and it was picked. This cartoon got me a few compliments from some colleagues, which always makes me feel good.
I almost kept this rough for the cartoon and briefly considered drawing on top of it to tighten things up. But I just went ahead and started from scratch.
This was yesterday’s cartoon.
And I thought of this Mr.s Buttersworth cartoon the day before I thought of Sexy M&M. I knew I could only go with one of them, so I asked my proofers, Hilary and Laura, which one they liked better, Mrs. Buttersworth or Sexy M&M. They both picked Sexy M&M. My only concern was that I had already used Sexy M&M this week. But it was too funny not to do.
This was Friday’s cartoon. This makes the third book-burning cartoon I’ve done since Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin started his campaign. I’m going to lay off the concept for a while.
This is just a template and I was planning to replace some of these with funnier lines. This was also a desperate attempt to save the first SCOTUS idea I lost to other cartoonists…and The Daily Show.
This started as something else on Sarah Palin and other anti-vaxxer celebrities, but it turned into this mid-rough. I might come back to this subject.
This was going to be an actual cartoon until I got to this point, where I realized it was giving the impression Anne Frank was an anti-vaxxer. This was based on Robert Kennedy Jr comparing the unvaccinated to Anne Frank. Hilary and Laura both agreed and said it made Anne Frank look like an anti-vaxxer, which, needless to say, would have been extremely stupid of me.
This was on Glenn Youngkin’s executive order banning mask mandates in schools. “COVID” was going to be on the tombstones. I changed my mind at this point and did something else.
This is the rough for today’s CNN Opinion cartoon. I really liked this one and it’s doing really well so far on social media, for whatever that’s worth.
Which of these are your faves?
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