My cartoon of Dilbert joining the hater lunch bunch at Mar-a-Lago wasn’t my first idea on the subject. This was my first idea. But like with a lot of first ideas for a cartoon, I figured it was too obvious and that others would do it. Nevertheless, I decided to share it with my readers on social media. It was posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Truth Social, TikTok, and Tribel.
The damn thing got more likes, comments, and shares than the better cartoon, but that’s social media for ya. Several hours later, it got me another 30-day suspension.
I discovered this after getting out of the shower. The tab on my computer was set to my email and there was something from Facebook. It was an email about the ban telling me I have 30 days to challenge this 30-day suspension, which I did. They may come back in two months, after I’m back, to tell me they got it wrong. How consistent is Facebook? The same cartoon that violated their terms of service is still up on their other platform.
After I posted this cartoon, I was told by several people that is had been done (which is why I didn’t do it initially). But guess what. Those other versions are STILL ON FUCKING FACEBOOK! Hell, I bet Scott Adams is still on Facebook.
In case you don’t know this, I’m the king of suspensions, bans, deleted accounts, and getting his wrist slapped with a ruler on social media. I challenge other cartoonists to prove they’ve been hit more than I have. I’ve been punished, banned, and suspended by Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok, and YouTube. Instagram deleted my first account and wouldn’t restore it even after they told me they got it wrong. Truth Social usually only blocks my cartoons out. Twitter has never bothered me for my contest.
Now, please don’t come at me advising that I join some alternative social media account. I’ve done it and quite frankly, they all suck. I’m posting my stuff to Tribel and Post and I don’t like them. Hell, I’m still posting on Truth Social and I don’t like that. It’s become too much.
Also, please spread the word that I’ve been suspended again. And this time, they’ve even blocked me from using Messenger which truly fucks up some things as there are dozens of people I talk to on Messenger whose numbers I don’t have. I need to inform both of my proofreaders.
Another thing that gets me is that this website makes money from visits by people clicking links to it on Facebook. This is the third 30-day ban for me since I think October. This is bullshit and it’s another financial hit.
Also, a lot of my readers won’t figure it out. They’ll wonder where I’ve been. Some will think I quit cartooning or am taking a long break, which really pisses me off. Hello? Have you not kept up with my schedule? Do you not see my output? And, I keep telling all of them to subscribe to the blog because another ban is coming yet most of them don’t. For the next month, I’m going to be getting emails and messages on other platforms asking if I quit.
The dumbest question I was ever asked on social media: Will you keep drawing during your Facebook ban? A person asking me that stupid-ass question tells me his entire life revolves around Facebook and there’s no existence for him without it.
All this has me thinking about taking my show to Patreon. Other cartoonists are charging to see their cartoons on the same day they’re drawn, to read their blogs, to see the timelapse videos of the cartoons being drawn, and to see the roughs. You know, all the shit I’ve been giving away for free.
By the way, the Hater Lunch Bunch cartoon got a mention in The Washington Post where I’m also quoted.
Update: Facebook denied my appeal…
And then a little after midnight, they reversed course and reinstated my account.
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