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Trump’s Dinghy


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Here’s your weekly cartoon for CNN’s weekly newsletter, Provoke/Persuade. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday for the rest of your life.

The new normal is that it was not “unreasonable” to ask the Navy to hide a ship with the name “John McCain” on it in order to avoid offending a thin-skinned Trump and that whoever did it had the “best intentions.”

In North Korea, they kill staffers who disappointed Kim Jong Un. In what’s becoming our banana republic without bananas, staffers are scrambling to appease our Dear Leader, even on foreign soil

Donald Trump attacked John McCain while campaigning for president. If you believe a man can say McCain was only a war hero because he was captured and that he “likes those who weren’t captured” can also be supportive of the military, then you might be in a cult. Donald Trump attacked John McCain after the election. Donald Trump attacked John McCain while McCain was dying. Donald Trump has continued to attack John McCain after he died.

Donald Trump is fighting a dead guy and losing.

Donald Trump is a 72-year-old man baby and in the new normal, it’s perfectly justified to patronize and feed his insecure little orange ego, even to the point of being an international embarrassment. That’s how Trump cultists and Republicans see it. It’s why he needs two scoops of ice cream to everybody else’s one. The president of the United States has to constantly be told he’s the most important baby at the party.

From telling Donald Trump a report that clearly says he’s not exonerated totally exonerates him from hiding a boat named after John McCain’s grandfather with your tiny Republican dinghy in order to avoid a Trump tantrum, Republicans have become nothing but sycophants catering to a pathetic, whiny, little victimized elderly man baby. For them, this is the new normal.

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Drawing On A Train


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I’m posting this here in case you don’t follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or in general like a stalker.

On Wednesday, I took an Amtrak to Raleigh, North Carolina. I planned to draw a cartoon in my hotel room that night, work on ideas with CNN on Thursday, attend an event Thursday night, then return Friday morning and draw the CNN cartoon on a train.

I got the idea for drawing on the train Wednesday when I saw people on their laptops in the dining car. There was WiFi, air conditioning, and $10.00 sandwiches that looked like feet. I thought, other than the foot sandwiches, this is nice. I’ll draw my cartoon here Friday morning. With a five-hour train ride, it should be done by the time I get back home in Virginia. I did it but it wasn’t easy.

As soon as the train started rolling, they announced that the WiFi was out. What the? Mother mother effer effer hell hell. Fine. I don’t need WiFi to draw and I could use the 4G service in my phone to email back and forth if I had to. I just couldn’t send the cartoon.

So, I went back to the dining car where the air conditioning was also out. On top of that, there was a constant ringing sound. I asked other people if they could hear it too. They did so it wasn’t just me…thank God. There were also people with crying babies who thought it would be better to annoy the people in the dining car instead of the people in the coach section.

As for the actual drawing, it was very difficult. It was in the nearly-impossible department. The train itself was shaking, but so was the screen on my Surface Pro. Amanda later sent me this article that a lot of users, though rare, are experiencing shaking screens on their Surfaces when they get hot. I’ve had mine for three years and it just started doing this a few months ago.

So, I’m on this train, dripping sweat on a screen that won’t stop shaking with a constant “NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRR!!!!” and crying babies in my ears. It was like being in India without the smell…until for some reason, that showed up too. So, I drew this cartoon just to have some fun with my readers. I took a photo with my phone and tweeted/Facebooked/Instagrammed it out. People loved it. I also sent it to my editors as a joke but they didn’t respond to it. Fortunately, they got a real cartoon shortly before the train got to Fredericksburg, where I didn’t.

The WiFi and air came back in Richmond, so I had about 50 minutes of some comfort. For some reason, my heated-up Surface stopped shaking and I barrelled through with the cartoon. A lot of people standing in line for food were looking over my shoulder, but only one person started a conversation. As it turns out, he is a journalism professor in North Carolina and we became Facebook and real-time friends right there.

And…then I missed my stop.

How’d I miss my stop? The train was running fifteen minutes behind schedule and they were making up for lost time. Usually, when the train stops in Fredericksburg, it takes about five to ten minutes. I was packing my stuff up while a line of people got in front of my table…for food. Why are they jamming the aisles during a stop? I couldn’t get past those people and the train started rolling after only stopping for what I swear was six seconds. At first, I thought it was just moving up a few feet to accommodate people, but then it increased speed and I knew I was going to Quantico…or New York City if I kept missing stops.

Looking back, I shouldn’t have even bothered telling one of the Amtrak guys but I did. He gave me a lecture on how to get off a train and said I needed to tell this other Amtrak guy. The other Amtrak guy then gave me another lecture on how to get off a train. They were extremely defensive and expressed vehemently how missing my stop was my fault and I’m probably an idiot who deserves capital punishment for doing so. Sure. Fine. Build my gallows high, but their lectures weren’t resolving my situation. The second Amtrak dude suggested I get off at Quantico and take an Uber home. I said to the first Amtrak idiot, “Why did you want me to talk to him? He’s less help than you are.” A few minutes later, one of them sought me out to give me another lecture on how to get off a train, and I said, “you need to stop talking to me.” I did not need to get a $50 Uber in Quantico. I bought a $5.00 ticket on the VRE and head south, back to Fredericksburg about ten minutes after getting off the Amtrak.

From there, I went to a bar because I needed a beer. They sell beer on Amtrak, but a Bud Light will cost you about ten dollars.

I drew this cartoon in about two minutes. There is not a video for it. Maybe I should have made one. It would have been about ten seconds long.

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Old White Guy 2020


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Among the 20 Democrats running for president (somebody please go home), we have a 37-year-old openly gay mayor; two African American senators; a 44-year-old Latino ex-Cabinet secretary; and a half-dozen women. And with the most diverse presidential field in history, the two candidates leading the 20-person field are 77-year-old Bernie Sanders and 76-year-old Joe Biden. According to the polls, one of these old white guys in his 70s will be facing off against 72-year-old white guy Donald Trump.

Oh, I’m sorry. Did I say Donald Trump is old? He’s not old because he said he’s not old. Trump stated, “I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. I’m the youngest person — I am a young, vibrant man. I look at Joe. I don’t know about him. I don’t know.” That’s from a mind sharp as a tack, people.

Here’s the thing. If you’re in your 70’s, you’re old. You’re way past qualifying for AARP, you get the old-people specials at Denny’s even if you’re not eating at 4:00 p.m, and you get away with saying stupid things like, “Oranges of investigations.” People are like, cut him some slack. He’s old and afraid of stairs. Trump is at the point where servants have to cut his food for him. Does Gerbers make Hamberder flavor?

And Trump is afraid of stairs or any long treks on foot. He drives his golf cart on the green because walking from the cart to the hole is hard. He wouldn’t walk with other European leaders during one summit and instead took a golf cart because walking is hard. After one long debate, he complained about how long he had to stand…which is truly difficult if you’ve never worked hard in your life.

He accused Jeb Bush of being “low energy” and Hillary Clinton of not having “stamina” for the job of president, yet you can sell ad space on the bags under his eyes.

Trump doesn’t have wit and he’s not creative. His nickname for Joe Biden is “Sleepy Joe.” He’s used “sleepy” for at least two other Joes. Trump also questioned Biden’s intelligence which was also rich. Then, Trump compared his age to Biden. Biden said if Trump is vibrant compared to him then he needs to “go home.”

Biden opened his campaign by going after Trump’s comments on Charlottesville, where Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides,” referring to both groups of protesters. The thing is, “very fine people” don’t march with people chanting “Blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.”

Trump is afraid of Biden because he appeals to voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, three states Trump needed help from Russians to win. Or maybe he can’t envision anyone beating him who doesn’t look like him. Maybe it’s not plausible to Trump that voters replace him with a woman, or a black woman, or a young man, or a gay young man. Maybe for Trump, the only person who can beat Trump is another old white guy.

There’s nothing wrong with being in your 70’s. I hope I get there myself. You have life left. You can be vibrant. But you’re old. Accept it. And if Trump is able to convince his followers of this lie, that he’s not old in his 70’s, that will be the result of some serious gaslighting.

But how much enthusiasm do Democrats and Independents have for two old white guys? Sure, Trump voters are enthusiastic about the racism, but for people who aren’t racist troglodytes, the only enthusiasm we have is to get rid of Trump. There’s nothing really new with Joe Biden.

But, the Nazis, white nationalists, and people who love betraying their nation to Russia are very enthusiastic for four more years of the cruelest administration in American history. So we need to get very enthusiastic about replacing Trump even if it’s with another old white guy.

Creative notes: I was really proud that last week I only had to submit two drawings before my editor selected a cartoon. This week, I sent 14. Why so many? I don’t blame CNN. I blame myself. I don’t think I was sending a lot of good ideas. Then, they picked the third cartoon I drew. I spent seven hours drawing roughs but as tiring as that can be, there is a sense of accomplishment when a cartoon is selected.

I’m going to be out of town next week when we do this, so that should be interesting.

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Trump Your Refund, Cartoon for CNN


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Don’t think there’s not a connection between Trump being the first president in forty years not to release his taxes and his corporation doing business with foreign governments. You would have to be blind, dense, obtuse, and an all-around friggin idiot not to connect these dots. In other words, you would have to be a Trump supporter.

So I don’t get in actual legal trouble, I should say it’s my opinion that Donald Trump is corrupt…except it’s a fact. Donald Trump is corrupt. He is corrupt financially, business-wise, and as a human being. Richard Nixon said, “people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.” Donald Trump doesn’t care if people know he’s corrupt. What’s worse, his supporters don’t care if he’s corrupt.

This is where you see Republicans kicking and screaming defending him from showing anyone his tax returns. Why would you not want to see these? Donald Trump is a man who stiffed contractors, driving many out of business, operated a fake university, stole from charity, and even bankrupted a casino. He’s told nearly 10,000 lies since walking into the Oval Office. So yeah, let’s trust this guy when he says he’s not making money off the presidency or there isn’t a financial conflict of interest between him doing his job and making money off Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, etc.

Trump donates his presidential salary of $400,000 back to the government and his supporters make a lot of noise about this. What they overlook is how much the government pays for his golf trips which have so far totaled around $96 million in the span of two years. Some of that golf trip money is going back into his pocket. When he visits his resorts, he charges the government for staying there. He charges the Secret Service rent at Trump Tower and at his resorts. He even charges them for golf cart rentals as they follow him around while he cheats on the course.

Trump doesn’t just make money off the U.S. government. Why do you think he takes the premier of China and the Prime Minister of Japan to Mar-a-Lago? Those governments have to pay to rent rooms there. His hotels, which were in deep financial trouble before he came into office, are doing brisk business now with foreign governments. They know the quickest route to get preferential treatment from Trump is through his ego and his wallet. Saudi Arabia has rented rooms from Trump that they didn’t even use. Every right-wing convention that comes to Washington now has to rent the ballroom at Trump’s new Washington Hotel. Trump even nixed the plans for the FBI to move from downtown Washington out of fear that a competing hotel would move into their location. Donald Trump is corrupt.

Now, his Chief-of-Staff Mick Mulvaney vows that Congress will never see Trump’s tax returns. Whey they say “Congress,” they mean you. They vow you will never see his tax returns.

Trump claims he can’t release his taxes because they are under audit. A president’s tax returns are automatically audited, but we don’t know if they were under audit when he first made that claim. Even if they were under audit, it doesn’t matter. There is nothing that prohibits a politician from releasing his taxes while they’re under audit. In fact, many people have released their taxes while they were under audit.

So, if you haven’t filed your taxes yet (tomorrow is the deadline), keep in mind that Trump does not want you to see his taxes. Also, keep in mind the huge tax break Trump and Republicans gave to America’s richest assholes, including Trump. Trump’s biggest priority, other than pushing a racist agenda on America, was to give himself a huge tax cut. He gave you a tiny temporary cut while he gave a huge permanent one to corporations. Guess who’s a corporation. Donald Trump.

In 2019, people have to realize that their president is a crook.

On a personal note, I completed my taxes around 8:00 am today and I don’t see how the Trump and Republican changes helped me at all.

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No Collusion/No Compassion


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I drew this cartoon for CNN’s opinion Newsletter. Please check it out and sign up to receive them in your email every Sunday. It’ll help me to continue drawing for them and buy luxuries like sandwiches.

That the Trump administration is full of heartless ogres, henchmen, troglodytes, goons, and squirmy, creepy icky bastards is about as shocking as Joe Biden making a woman feel uncomfortable, which is about as shocking as Donald Trump walking into a teenage girls’ changing room. He’s that guy who says “knock knock” after he’s 20 feet into the room and has already taken seven Polaroids.

After having a great week of not going to prison, Donald Trump was challenged to mess it up. He said, “Hold my Covfefe” and started ANOTHER initiative to repeal and replace Obamacare. I’m sorry. Did I say “repeal and replace?” There is no replacement. It’s just “repeal,” as kick your grandmother off her insurance and watch her die. Obama never had a death panel despite Sarah Palin’s claims, but the entire Trump administration is just one big angel of death. We’ve been waiting over nine years for the Republicans to propose an alternative to Obamacare other than noternative.

Trump has promised the best insurance, the cheapest, the greatest, the bestiest bestest where everyone is covered, even with pre-existing conditions. We’ve yet to see it. If they really had a great replacement, I’d like to see it. If it actually was better then I’d want it. Republicans have created this myth that they’re great with finances, budgets, and managing money…but they’ve actually proven it. They’ve only proven they don’t care about you.

Since Trump was on a roll of positivity, he went to the Senate to gloat over the Barr Memo’s summation of the Mueller Report not forcing Trump to spend the next seven years eating nutraloaf. While there, Trump complained about all the money Puerto Rico has received to recover from Hurricane Maria…that they actually have not received. Puerto Rico has only received about eleven billion, yet Trump claims they’ve gotten over $90. It’s like his penis. He greatly exaggerates to an unbelievable size. Fortunately, we don’t need Stormy Daniels to tell us his size on Puerto Rico is only in his dreams.

Too late for this cartoon, but on Thursday night at a hate rally in Michigan, Trump promised to shut down the border with Mexico. The man has ripped families apart, thrown babies in jail, forced babies to represent themselves in immigration court, won’t even allow people to apply for amnesty, and then after detaining thousands and thousands of immigrants, he dumps them on cities near the border. He has the gall to claim there’s a crisis. The only crisis and national emergency in this situation is Donald Trump. Is asshole a pre-existing condition? Because nobody assholes better than Donald Trump.

Finally, we come to Betsy.

Betsy DeVos testified before Congress without her Dalmatian fur coat and defended cutting the government’s funding of the Special Olympics. What kind of monstrous ghoul cuts funding for the Special Olympics? Did I mention the coat?

After three days of being beaten up in the media, Trump came to the rescue and said he was overruling his people and the Special Olympics will be funded. Hooray for pussygrabber.

There’s a theory that this was planned to make Trump look like a hero. I doubt this as plans aren’t really Trump’s strong suit. It’s like words that just fall out of his mouth without any thought beforehand what they may be. Oh look, there’s a “covfefe.”

It is plausible that Trump didn’t know about the cuts, because there’s a lot of shit he doesn’t know about…but they were a part of his budget. Oh yeah, he doesn’t read. But…this is their third time to try to cut the Olympics fundings. What also shows it’s a lie is that Betsy DeVos tweeted out that she and the president agreed to save the funding for the Special Olympics and she is so happy over this…which is about as believable at her joy when she discovers her coat isn’t from real Dalmatians and instead is from rabid possums. Oh, joy.

Here’s the thing, kids. Trump did not save the Special Olympics funding. Since Congress appropriates funding, Congress would have had to agree. In case this is your first day, the House is controlled by Democrats. Hell, Trump wasn’t even able to get the cuts when Republicans were controlling the House. The GOP might be dumb enough to vote for Trump, but even they wouldn’t cut the Special Olympics.

But, there was one piece of positive news for the administration this week. Trump finally got a dog. It’s a dalmatian.

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He Said He Didn’t Do It


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While still in Vietnam, Donald Trump said Kim Jong Un told him he felt bad about the death of Otto Warmbier, the American college student the North Koreans imprisoned in good health and returned to the U.S. in a coma. Kim also told Trump he wasn’t aware of the Warmbier situation until after he was returned home. Trump said he believed him. He said North Korea is a big country and Kim couldn’t be aware of everything.

The North Koreans used Warmbier for propaganda. They aired videos of him crying and asking to go home. North Korea has one TV station. Their media is government operated and is not a free press. When Otto Warmbier was used as propaganda, how could Kim Jong Un not only be aware of it but also not be the one approving the tactic?

For Donald Trump, if a friend claims innocence, or says “he didn’t do it,” then we need to believe them. He made that claim for Robert Kraft, Roy Moore, Brett Kavanaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, and himself. He doesn’t do it only for those conservatives accused of sexual abuse. He does it for dictators. He said he believed Vladimir Putin’s denial over that of American intelligence that he meddled in the 2016 presidential election. He said he believed Muhammad Bin Salman’s denial of being involved in the murder of a Washington Post journalist that happened INSIDE their embassy in Turkey. Now, he says he believes Kim Jong Un.

Take note, that Trump also claimed he wasn’t aware of paying off porn stars, which has now become public that he was aware. When someone gives an unbelievable denial, Donald Trump should be an expert at recognizing lies in denials.

Also, during the summit in Hanoi, the Trump administration attempted to remove the press from an event, and not at the request of the North Koreans. We’re supposed to school them on freedom and democracy, not have them school us on propaganda.

It’s not just sickening that Trump, an American president, does this, but that so many Americans support his behavior. Do you?

Nerdy details and a bunch of roughs: After I drew a cartoon for CNN last week, I was hoping for the chance to do it again. I didn’t know it’d come the very next week. This time, I was contacted by the regular editor in charge of their Sunday opinion newsletter, Provoke & Persuade (before the first paragraph in the story, there’s a link to sign up for their weekly email. Do it). I got a little bit more than 24 hours this time too. We talked on the phone Wednesday evening and on Thursday, I sent her eight ideas. Yeah, eight.

As I do with every editor the first time I work with them on an assignment, I explain that my roughs are very rough. My editor, Pat said she liked all of them, but unlike Trump…I’m not entirely sure I can believe her. Maybe she was just being nice. I didn’t like all of them.

After I delivered the cartoon Friday afternoon, she asked me to remove one little detail before she ran it by their standards and practices department. I joked on Twitter that this was my first time to deal with a cable network’s standards and practices, but I have had to deal with it at newspapers. But with newspapers, it’s usually not a department and it’s just one editor who likes to say no a lot. In this case, after we removed the one detail, the department didn’t give us any trouble. Quite frankly, I was shocked in the first week that they didn’t ask me to draw Trump differently, like change his hair, ties, or lips.

Here are all the roughs and you can leave a comment on your favorite.

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This wasn’t my favorite cartoon but I do think it was the best choice for CNN. The Otto Warmbier story was getting bigger at the time it was selected and has only grown since. When they selected this cartoon, they didn’t know I was going to throw in a lot of details for each individual. I also replaced Bill O’Reilly with Putin. There were a lot of candidates. I did tell Pat that I was replacing O’Reilly with Putin, as I felt most people have probably forgotten the O’Reilly thing by now.

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I honestly thought they’d pick this one. Since they didn’t, I drew it for my syndication on Thursday night. You’ve already seen this finished cartoon. You may notice that as I draw many rough ideas, that the quality decreases with each cartoon. I get tired, OK?

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I really liked this one but I didn’t expect them to take it. I didn’t think it was the way to go for the top issue of the week. I felt the summit would take precedence. I don’t know if I’ll draw an official cartoon of this idea as I’ve already covered the subject. I like the simplicity in the drawing.

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I like this one a lot but I’m not sure it works. Maybe I like it because it’s a crowd scene. You know how I loves me some crowd scenes. If working for CNN becomes a regular thing, I need to work in one of my famous crowd scenes for them at some point.

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I like this one while also not being that crazy about it. I felt it was too obvious but I wanted to give it a shot with CNN because maybe they’d prefer something kinda obvious. But, they didn’t. I was fine with not doing this cartoon. Also, it didn’t really address the Warmbier situation as well as the one they chose. I did a cartoon similar to this before the first Trump/Kim summit.

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I didn’t like this one at all. Again, I was giving them something obvious, but I knew another cartoonist would draw this cartoon. I was right. I’ve seen it since I drew this rough. I’d say this was a lazy idea if I hadn’t drawn so many that day. The only excuse I have for this cliche is the change up of Kim asking for the shirt.

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I liked this one. I almost did it for my clients on Thursday night. I like that it shows Trump is not the great negotiator he claims he is. I did something similar with Trump’s head on Pelosi’s wall after the shutdown negotiations, but I was fine with tweaking the idea for a different outlet.

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I thought this was my last idea when I came up with it. I liked it when I thought of it and halfway through drawing it, I started to hate it. When Pat told me she liked all the ideas, I replied, “Even the Rodman one?” I’m so glad she didn’t pick this one. Why do I send editors ideas I don’t like? Scott Stantis (I think it was him), the cartoonist for The Chicago Tribune once told me he’d give an editor several pathetic, crappy, horrid ideas, and one really good one…to make him pick the good one. But, that tactic often burns the cartoonist as an editor is likely to choose one of the horrid, crappy ideas. I have been in the position before of trying to convince an editor that he doesn’t want to use something I thought up.

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After Pat chose her cartoon, I thought of this one. I didn’t intend to show it to her since she had made her choice. But, we were still emailing and I told her, “I actually came up with one more and it’s on the Mark Meadows race thing.” She asked to see it. I think she went from “oooh, I wanna see it” to “ew.” But at the end of the day, it was my very favorite. I waited another day to draw it as I wanted to tackle the summit first for my clients, but on Friday night I drew this one.

So that’s inside of the head of this cartoonist for one day. Now you may need a shower. Thank you for tolerating and patronizing my weirdness.

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Committing Treason with CNN


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Warning: Geeky and creative details are in today’s blog post.

Late Wednesday afternoon, I got an email from an editor at CNN. I was referred to her by a producer who had communicated with me in the past about reprinting my work, but this time CNN wanted something original. She asked if I was up to it, could I deliver a cartoon to them within the next 24 hours…and uh, do you have any ideas now? I did.

They wanted something topical that would have a shelf life for a week (political cartoons have short lives) and feature a news personality. But, they didn’t want it “too newsy,” which can be kinda hard to understand, even if you’re in the news business.

I was actually out the door to get a sandwich at Wawa when I got the email from CNN. I still went to Wawa but put the sandwich in the fridge until they approved of an idea. They rejected the first idea, which didn’t surprise me. It wasn’t that good but it was what I had at the moment. They liked the second idea but asked if I could shoot them one more. I did and that’s the one you see above. They loved it. Then, they asked if I could draw another “mock-up” of it and deliver that in the morning, then we’d go to work on the finished product.

I don’t really work that way. I usually produce a rough and from there create the finished cartoon. I recently drew a cover for the Orlando Weekly where I did draw more than one rough because they wanted to see it in color. So, what I did with CNN was send them the finished cartoon, but uncolored. I told them I could make changes before the coloring. All they had to do was approve and/or make changes.

The approval took from 8:00 am to shortly after 5:00 pm. I don’t think they normally take that long, but some editors were running a hectic schedule last Thursday with one of them out sick. So, they kept my editor waiting who kept me waiting. In the end, we didn’t change anything. All I had to do once it was approved was color it. We also had to go through the contract stuff after they approved it, but that was easy. While they have rights to it, I get to publish it on my blog. My clients will not be receiving this cartoon.

While I was waiting Thursday, I drew a bonus cartoon for my syndication (you’ve already seen that) and I drew up a rough for The Costa Rica Star. I didn’t get any sleep at all last Thursday.

I was afraid CNN wouldn’t like the way I draw Trump, and they’d ask me to change his hair and lips. I’m not sure how I would have handled that as those are kind of my trademarks with him. Fortunately, it never came up.

It was published today with their Opinions Newsletter. They said they want to work with me again in the future. I hope that happens.

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