Roughs, Volume 166

Did you miss the roughs? They’re back, baby! I didn’t draw anything for the CNN Opinion newsletter for Christmas week because we didn’t do a newsletter that week. But, I did draw that very week for the New Year edition of the newsletter. So, these roughs have been sitting in a folder for two weeks.

I had a different editor that week, but one I’ve worked with before, Yaffa. She’s great. She gave me a couple of options to work with and one was predicting who will win the Nobel Prize and the other was crypto, so I combined the two in my first attempt.

I wasn’t sure if this worked at all or if what we’d want, but I drew it anyway. I like Zelensky’s head in the crystal ball.

Most cartoonists draw a Baby New Year cartoon every year, and I’m no exception (usually). This is the one we went with and it was my favorite, but there were a few others. This is the one that actually made me giggle.

This is another.

And this is another. But I did draw a few roughs on other subjects, though I don’t remember if I submitted them to Yaffa or not. Hey, how am supposed to remember everything from last year?

I drew this when the January 6 Committee referred that Trump be brought up on criminal charges. I agree. Indict that mofo.

I liked this one but I knew there would be too many Grinches from other political cartoonists. I even saw a few new ones days after Christmas. Jeeze. I HATE holiday metaphors AFTER the holidays.
Honestly, I think I like drawing the dog with his one antler more than I like drawing the Grinch. And that’s supposed to be Rudy as Trump’s one-antler-wearing dog.

This was drawn after Volodymyr Zelensky’s address to Congress, and I went with something similar.

I put this aside to do something else with Pinocchio. I knew there’d be a lot of Pinocchio metaphors from my colleagues, so I tried to do something different…and it made The Washington Post. Yay, me.

I do like this one but I thought maybe the whole NFT thing was played out, so I let it go.

Which of these are your favorites?

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