Corgi

Roughs, Volume 153


I usually wait a week after a batch of roughs are drawn before I blog them, but I’m not doing that this week. I’m gonna go ahead and post all my roughs on the Queen’s passing. There were other roughs on different subjects this week, but I’m going to save them for next week and post them with the batch drawn last week. If you’re confused, don’t worry about it. They’ll all be posted eventually.

This is not a rough. This is a completed cartoon intended for the CNN Opinion newsletter. As far as obit cartoons go, I liked this one. I liked the simplicity of it and thought it was emotional since the royal guards never move, yet here he is, moving ever so slightly. I drew this Thursday night and believed the next day would be cake for me. I was done. I wasn’t done.

Friday morning, I looked at all the brand new editorial cartoons on GoComics, and the very last one, because his name is Varvel, I saw the same cartoon. Gary Varvel had drawn the exact same thing. I did a lot of cursing. Lots of cursing. You know a lot of cartoonists would have said, “screw it. I drew mine before I saw his. I’m going on with my life.” Not me.

I did not want a thousand people tagging me Sunday with Gary’s cartoon which I knew would happen because people are rude. So I emailed my editor and said “someone stole our Beefeater.” We moved on.

Another reason it was so brutal to go back to work on this when I thought I was done is that these kinds of cartoons bore the life out of me. It’s truly agonizing for me to draw sappy cartoons without much editorial commentary and I think the fact so many cartoonists keep drawing the same thing over and over shows there’s truly a lack of depth in obituary cartoons. There’s not a lot of creativity to them. I hate them so much. I hate that I have to do them from time to time. If all famous people could spend the next few weeks not dying, I would truly appreciate it.

A colleague who I had vented to about the beefeater situation sent me another one on Saturday morning drawn by Portuguese illustrator André Carrilho. Honestly, I think Varvel’s is better than mine but Carrilho’s blows both of our cartoons out of the water.

This is the rough for the Beefeater. My editor really liked it too.

And this was my first idea on the Queen. I honestly believed for a minute that it was amazing. There have been at least 20 corgi cartoons since. When I know something’s already been done, I won’t repeat it. As the Talking Heads sang in “Psycho Killer,” “Say something once, why say it again?”

So after losing my corgi and Beefeater, that’s when I started throwing things against the wall to see what sticks. This is taken from a photo and I thought maybe it would work. It’s not like obit cartoons have to be creative.

I drew this one when I was only aware of one corgi cartoon and thought it’d be OK since it’s not focused on the corgi. But I didn’t like the idea. I did like that it was a comment on the Queen’s passing while also including the new king.

I made this one into a real cartoon for my clients on Friday morning. I got screamed at a lot by angry readers on social media. I even got an email this morning from a fan yelling at me for it. But much like Aldo Raine in “Inglourious Basterds,” I’m OK with getting yelled at.

This did nothing for me. It’s a stinker.

My editor didn’t like this. Maybe he was right. One reader screamed at me for it, thinking it was disrespectful (oh, please) while others just didn’t get it. But, I don’t care. If you had told me 100 people would tweet at me that they don’t get this idea, I would have still drawn it. So, I drew the actual cartoon on Friday afternoon while waiting to hear back from my editor on the next cartoon in this blog. This is my favorite of all of these. And, nobody else did it.

Adding the comments on this cartoon over at GoComics, you’ll see that you really can’t please everyone with any of these. Sheesh! Fucking nitpickers.

After rejecting my Beatles idea, my editor suggested the lines from Hamlet that King Charles closed his speech with. I replied with this and he said it was a go. So yeah, this sweet cavity-inducing stuff isn’t really me, but I think I made it work. It became the cartoon for the newsletter.

Now, I’m so glad these are over and I can get back to the gritty nasty stuff. And I’m not going to ask which one is your favorite because I know it’s the corgi.

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Corgi, Corgi, Corgi


I drew this Thursday afternoon just for social media and to have a little fun with my colleagues. When I drew this, there were at least six cartoons on the Queen featuring corgis. Many more have popped up since.

With this criticism, I’m not talking about cartoons that feature the corgis but the ones that revolved around them.

Honestly, this isn’t a case of cartoonists being lazy and unimaginative. It’s really hard to be original, unique, and irreverent with obit cartoons. In fact, after scratching around all day to come up with something unique and brilliant for CNN as a tribute to the Queen (a non-corgi cartoon), two other cartoonists duplicated that cartoon. That meant I had to come up with another cartoon for CNN. There went my Friday.

In all honesty, I too came up with a corgi idea on Thursday. I thought it was sweet and brilliant. I remembered how much my readers loved my cartoon of Betty White being greeted in Heaven by doggies. This corgi cartoon of mine was going to go over big time. Why it might even go viral. It was going to be the greatest cartoon anyone in the world had ever seen. Why, it was going to be totally unique and original. Nobody else would think of it, right? Wrong.

When I saw the first corgi cartoon after I roughed out my idea, I felt sick. I thought my cartoon was great and now I wouldn’t be able to do it. That other cartoonist was going to get all the credit and praise for being a genius, not me. I showed it to one of my colleagues who told me I should do it anyway. I didn’t wanna do that, but I still felt sick.

And then I saw the second corgi cartoon, and I felt a little less sick. Then I saw the third, and I stopped feeling bad that I wouldn’t get to draw my corgi cartoon. Then I saw a fourth corgi cartoon…and a fifth cartoon, and by the time I saw the sixth, I was totally over it.

And here’s another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another and another and, you get the idea.

Cartoonists will often rush to be the first with an idea, and I’ve done that myself here and there throughout my career. But if multiple cartoonists are doing the same idea or concept, it doesn’t matter who’s first. I’d rather not be in the club.

Some of the cartoonists who drew corgi cartoons don’t care enough to feel bad about being unoriginal. But to all those who do, don’t feel bad. It happens. I’m just glad it didn’t get me this time. And to the cartoonists who draw a corgi cartoon today and after, you do kinda suck. If you know the corgi idea was already done, then why do it? Sheesh!

I posted this on social media Thursday afternoon and I had several cartoonists contact me about it, a few who did draw corgi cartoons. A Canadian colleague emailed me yesterday saying “right on.” Another tweeted at me his corgi cartoon basically telling me to bite him. And another who had drawn a corgi cartoon texted me saying he didn’t expect to fall into a Yahtzee pit with his cartoon. I think most cartoonist know my poke was good natured.

As I mentioned, I almost Yahtzeed with the corgi and another idea, so it does happen to all of us. I was just fortunate to pull back in time before going over the cliff.

Note: A “Yahtzee” is when at least two cartoonists have the same idea.

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.

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