Roughs, Volume 158

This week’s batch of roughs is a small one. Well, small for me anyway as it’s only ten cartoons. These roughs were drawn last week, on October 6 and October 7 in Columbus, Ohio. It was a pretty easy week with submitting ideas to CNN during a very busy week traveling, keeping up with the news while drawing other cartoons, and doing convention stuff like sitting on panels and giving speeches at banquets. I truly appreciate my editor picking a cartoon kinda early that Friday so I could later do convention stuff that night.

This one became a real cartoon and my readers really dug it. I did too.

I didn’t do anything with this one but I kinda think it’s far out. I was thinking about offering it to my friend Lalo Alcaraz because he personally knows Cheech Marin, but then I thought, “Nah. Lalo doesn’t take ideas and he definitely doesn’t need one from me. He’s awesome.”

This is the idea CNN chose and a lot of readers laughed and several others were like, “what?” It was fun.

I can’t remember if I sent this one to CNN but I did make it into a real cartoon for my newspapers.


This one’s a little goofy which means I like it.

I actually kinda like this one too. It’s subtle.

That will probably happen.

I took this idea and made it into a real cartoon for my newspapers, but I changed it up.

And this is another that became a real cartoon.

Which of these are your favorites? Were you high when you picked your favorites? Would you like to go to Taco Bell with me?

Convention Story Time: Did I tell you about losing my voice during the convention? I lost my voice on the first night after eating tacos with extra spicy hot sauce. My throat wasn’t sore and I didn’t break out from an allergic reaction, but my voice just went away. It was like there was something in my throat blocking all the words. I thought, “Of course, I’m going to lose my voice before I have to do a panel. Shit happens to me.” I had two beers and two tacos and my voice was gone. I also thought it may have happened because I don’t physically talk that often because I don’t get out that much. Maybe I had worn my voice out. But funny thing. It came back on the ride back to my hotel. Kevin Necessary, Cincinnatti cartoonist, president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, and the creator of the pen I use in Procreate (made especially for me which I have named “Kevin”), and his lovely wife, Julia, gave me a ride and my voice started to come back. It had fully returned before I went to bed. The issue never came back. Go figure. Did I already tell you that story? If so, I’m sorry. I repeat stories in the real world too.

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 You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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  1. I enjoyed the Rough with Biden offering the free brownies. I personally make lemon pound cake for my wife (as she’s not into chocolate) for pain management.
    I definitely enjoy your work. Keep it up.


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