Roughs, Volume 163

These roughs were drawn the week before last, and it was a busy week. First, Donald Trump announced he was running for president again. Then, Nancy Pelosi stepped down from Congressional Leadership. And as if that wasn’t enough, numbnuts Elon Musk reinstated Donald Trump to Twitter. The reinstatement to Twitter happened on Friday night, I believe, so I didn’t draw any roughs for that since it was after my deadline for CNN.

I was playing around with this when other news happened. I was ripping on Herschel Walker’s comments that he would rather be a werewolf than a vampire, which makes him Team Jacob over Team Edward in the Twilight series (hey, hey now…. my defense for knowing that isn’t because I watched the movies, but because Burger King did a tie-in campaign on it). His comment was so stupid, even for him, that I had to look it up to make sure it wasn’t satire.

By the way, the people who make Franken Berry, Count Chocula, and Boo Berry, tried a werewolf-themed cereal, Wolfen Berry, but it turns out that people don’t like hair in their cereal.

I was trying to do something here with Trump’s 2016 announcement and his coming down the escalator, but this time during his announcement, he passes Nancy. No, it doesn’t work. Sometimes though, I will draw and hope the idea comes to me during the process. It rarely works.

This was OK but I didn’t do anything with it.

I’ve drawn Trump’s head mounted on Nancy’s wall before because she owned him. But I didn’t like this one.

My editor wanted something on Trump and Pelosi in one cartoon, because he knows I’m good at combining issues. I’m a lot better at tie-ins than Burger King. But, my editor didn’t pick this one so I used it for my clients. Check it out if you haven’t already.I think it’s just OK.

I drew this last week but I saved it for this week. I thought it’d be good to use after Thanksgiving in case it’s a slow news week, so I sent it to my clients the day before Thanksgiving. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Then my editor suggested I try something on President Biden’s 80th birthday, which just so happened to land on the same day as that week’s edition of the opinion newsletter. I threw this at him and it made me laugh. There’s something and icky in the idea of Trump jumping out of a cake. It really would ruin a birthday.

This is the cartoon for the newsletter and I think it’s a good choice. Check it out.

I was torn by this one. I liked drawing Trump getting rammed in the butt and off a cliff, but I don’t like cliff ideas and I didn’t like drawing Nancy as a goat while I do like calling her the G.O.A.T.

I thought this was just OK but I do like my girl at the return/exchanges desk. I need to bring her back.

This didn’t really work for me either.

This is not a rough I drew for CNN. This was drawn at the airport last Monday at 5 a.m. I was already annoyed because, being the stupid that I am, I arrived at the wrong airport. I always fly out of Washington Reagan (sic) National, but mistakenly got a ticket to fly out of Dulles…and I didn’t notice. This blunder of mine cost me $226, but that wasn’t going to stop me from spending Thanksgiving with my son in Mississippi (I’m still here, btw).

I had about an hour before my plane was set to take off and I didn’t have my cartoon idea. There’s a work area with electrical outlets right at the gates at National. You can order food and it’ll be brought to you, though my coffee took 25 minutes. The layout is really nice but totally pointless if the entire time I’m sitting there, some goober is on his phone talking about his future man cave, that he wants a drum set, how he never eats the turkey leg at Thanksgiving, that he doesn’t wear ankle socks because they slip down his feet and inside his shoes, and which members of his family don’t like him, probably because he calls them at 5 a.m. for long-winded pointless conversations about socks and man caves. It’s been five days and I still remember those details.

I don’t think there’s anyone in my life who would appreciate me calling them at 5 a.m. on a Monday morning. If you call me at 5 a.m., your ass better be stranded and out of gas on the moon and you’re being chased by flesh-eating moon zombies and you need me to steal Elon’s rocket to save you. But then again, if it’s 5 a.m., the moon zombies can have you.

So, which of these are your favorites?

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  1. Sure wish you still worked In Mississippi, but then we would miss all your great work on the National beat.

    Your Biggest Biloxi Fan,

    Reed Guice

    Sent from my iPhone

    Liked by 2 people

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