Roughs, Volume 145

As you know, most of the roughs you see here are ideas submitted to CNN. Some are chosen and some are passed over. But there are roughs that are just for me, drawn so I can see how they kinda turn or just when I’m being indecisive.

This was me being indecisive. I roughed this out last Saturday morning after the assassination of Shinzo Abe. I knew there were going to be a lot of memorial cartoons with the Rising Sun, but you know me. I hate that shit. So, I was taking a few shots (sorry) at a few different ideas. This is one of them. My CNN cartoon was already done and this was not sent to them. The cartoon I ended up doing has a similar image to this one.

I didn’t even finish this rough. I just wasn’t feeling it though I felt it was a decent idea. The was to include a lot of American franchises that are popular in Japan. I even researched it.

This was on Boris and it was sent to CNN. My editor for the week, Jane, liked it while also liking another. I liked the other better and I pushed for that. I wasn’t too crazy about this. I’m not a big fan of simple metaphors even though they get the job done.

This is the one I pushed for and Jane said yes. I enjoy working with Jane.

Good question, right? How do we know he’s not lying?

This was OK.

Sorry, there are not a lot of roughs in this batch. Blame Jane. I only had to draw four before she chose one. Next week’s batch will be quite large. You can’t see those yet because I’m planning to turn at least two into official cartoons. I’m just don’t know which ones yet. I’m indecisive.

So, which are your favorites?

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  1. Hi Mr. Jones and thank you for the autographed Fredericksbug cards!
    They’re already proudly displayed for all to see – people that see my
    fridge, that is.
    Anyway, my favorite rough is the last one with Rudy and Boris. Love the
    way you draw Rudy!
    Thanks again!

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  2. I’m opting for the “Lying” toon. It hits real close to home. Jason Kenney resigned as Premier of Alberta in May. For one day! Next day he was back because he is addicted to power! And he is still with us, spending our money on his personal agenda, not giving a damn about the needs of the people. Wasting our money on suing the Federal government for not being Conservative. Kenney vs Trudeau is what Trump vs Obama would look like if they were both in power at the same time. Trump would pound on Obama, while Obama would try to ignore Trump like a bad dream. Nobody wins. Everyone loses!
    That could be the new Great Btitain!

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