These roughs are from the first week of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and President Joe Biden’s nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.
When there’s a huge news story like a war, a political cartoonist may draw a cartoon on that one issue for an entire week, and not draw a cartoon on anything else. So, each cartoon should focus on different angles or on whatever new thing from the war that breaks. What I don’t want to do is harp on the same thing repeatedly unless I can add something new. So, I did a cartoon on Putin defenders and I didn’t want to do too many more like that. That’s why this cartoon, which I do like a lot, didn’t make the cut. By the time I could do it, I felt the moment had passed.
But, I really wanted to draw the subway entrance and use Borscht Street (which one of my proofers said she couldn’t see the humor in). I did get to use a subway station (not the entrance) and Borscht Street in today’s cartoon.
This is one I did draw. I was really getting tired of the gaslighting Trump defenders believing Trump was tough on Putin. And yeah, the Putin’s puppet thing is a little long in the tooth, but I really liked applying it here. Putin and Trump are both fun to draw.
I felt I needed a cartoon blaming Putin and only Putin. I drew this for my clients and got a few comments asking why Trump wasn’t in the cartoon. I don’t want to draw Trump just to draw Trump. I still haven’t seen Dr. Strangelove.
I liked this one but other things got in the way. I saw a lot of cartoons comparing Putin to Hitler and to Stalin. I don’t like the Hitler comparisons as much because it doesn’t seem Putin is trying to emulate Hitler, but I think he’s trying to be Stalin. I regret not drawing this one. I felt it would have been better at the start of the war.
This is another that got passed over because I had already hit the pro-Putin GOP.
I did this for my clients and it was nice to get away from Ukraine for a day. This is the pro-Putin GOP cartoon that prevented me from drawing the other pro-Putin GOP cartoons.
This one didn’t make the cut.
All those people were going to be white men if I had drawn this cartoon. I like it.
This was the one for CNN. It got a lot of social media love.
There are two more roughs on Ketanji Brown Jackson that I really like, but I’m saving them for the confirmation hearings. Ooh, they’re gonna be good.
So, which of these are your faves?
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