Putin Play

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I already wrote a blog on this subject, so if you want another, I suggest your click the link above to my editor’s column in the newsletter.

But in case you’re wondering, yes. When I draw a cartoon like this, I stare at my canvas wondering what other classic toys I can/should add. It starts with Mr. Potato Head, Gumby, and Slinky Dog but after that, I start struggling. I don’t know how the rest comes to me. It just does. There is a lot of googling for images after I’ve decided on one. I have a lot of windows open when drawing a cartoon like this. I have to keep the window for each toy open until after it’s colored.

I did a cartoon similar to this about five years ago but I didn’t want to repeat myself, so most of the toys are different except for the first three I mentioned. This was fun to draw and when I sent it to my editor, I had my fingers crossed he’d pick it.

When he called me, he referred to this one as the Mr. Potato Head idea because there wasn’t a lot of other stuff in the rough. He said let’s go with this one, but that he also liked another. I was like, “no, no, no….Mr. Potato Head. We gotta do Mr. Potato Head. Please!!!!!” I’m glad we did.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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  1. It was fun to ID all the toys. It’s too bad it isn’t just toddlers with toys instead of grownups with deadly weapons in real life.


  2. I know Clay doesn’t take ideas for cartoons from readers but I read something which I think is promising: Trump blinking like Jeanie from the ‘I Dream of Jeannie” tv show to declassify docs.


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