Queen Elizabeth

Queen


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This cartoon is my idea but it took a push from Rich, my editor at CNN. After hitting the wall with several ideas, having one approved, then rejected by me later, Rich suggested something with the lines from Hamlet that King Charles III quoted in his speech. This was the first and only attempt with that and it was approved.

No, I’m not cultured enough to know Hamlet. My British culture probably stops at quoting Beatles lyrics. I still don’t even understand how the Premiere League works…or the game. They kick it into the net, right? Though, I do think a second lower league for the NFL with relegation, where teams or promoted and demoted would be a fantastic idea (we would have seen the Giants, Jaguars, and Lions demoted last season). Destroy the monarchy, but give us relegation.

And now, we’re ready to move on. At least I am. It’s been five days and there are at least five more celebrating the Queen. And then we’re gonna have like a month of royal events for King Charles. The news can’t talk about anything else at the moment and this monarchy doesn’t even apply to us. Let our Canadian friends deal with it. Do they really have to put big-ear Charles on their money?

I will probably do some cartoons on King Charles and the monarchy in the coming days and weeks, but the Queen is dead and it’s time to let her rest in peace. Can you give me a “hallelujah?”

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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.

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Her Majesty


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God Save The Queen


As you know by now, Queen Elizabeth II died yesterday at the age of 96. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days is the longest for any British monarch. Unless you’re 71 or older, Elizabeth was queen for your entire life. Now begins the reign of King Charles III.

My ancestry is British. According to Ancestry.com, I’m 87 percent British. I’m also ten percent Irish so there’s some UK in there too. So I feel a bond with England, especially when it comes to music and comedy. Food, not so much. Who wants beans for breakfast?

Anyway, I like the monarchy. I like that it’s a constitutional monarchy. I admire Queen Elizabeth and believe in my heart she was good for the United Kingdom and the world. I admire her strength and resolve. And I don’t dread the reign of King Charles. Besides, it’s not like we have a choice in the matter. I think he’s going to be a good king. He had a great teacher. It could be worse. At least it’s not Andrew.

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Trumpet Crumpets


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Donald Trump is corrupt. His cult points at him donating his salary to different government agencies while ignoring his frequent trips to his own golf resorts and every foreign diplomat and Republican in Washington, D.C. booking hotel and party rooms at his hotels. Attorney General William Barr spent over $30,000 to rent a conference room at Trump’s Washington hotel for an asshole party. There are other hotels and conference rooms in Washington, D.C. Former Secretary of the Interior Scott Pruitt tried to buy a used mattress from the Trump hotel. There are better places to buy a mattress in the Washington, D.C, area, and maybe even get one at a better price that didn’t have Russian hookers doing lord-knows-what-disgusting things on it.

When Donald Trump visits his shitty golf resorts, the governments has to book rooms. That means they have to pay for them. In fact, they have to book rooms surrounding the dates for Trump’s visits for security purposes and the possibility that he’ll stay longer. We, you and I, still have to pay for those rooms. The Trump Organization isn’t cutting us any slack. Donald Trump even charges the Secret Service rent at Trump Tower and for the use of golf carts to follow him around while he cheats at golf by stealing little boys’ balls. The motherfucker literally charges the Secret Service to protect his fat orange ass.

Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp. But the mere fact he’s continued Washington’s swampy ways is that he awards ambassadorships to campaign contributors. For example, the ambassadorship to the United Kingdom is probably the most lucrative diplomatic post we have and Donald Trump gave it to a guy named Woody. Woody Johnson is a billionaire and the owner of The New York Jets. He gave over a million dollars to the Trump Inauguration Committee where millions of dollars have just vanished. It’s like nobody’s even looking into that anymore. Zip. Bye-bye, money. For his donation, Woody got London.

Now, it’s been revealed that Woody was poking around trying to get the British Open, which is a golf tournament, to be awarded to…wait for it…oh fuck it, you know where this is going…to one of Donald Trump’s shitty resorts. Shockingly enough, he was trying to get it to one of Trump’s resorts in the UK and not one in the U.S.

When Donald Trump first banned travel from Europe because of the coronavirus pandemic, he made exceptions for nations that had…wait for it…oh you know this….exceptions for nations that had Trump resorts. Why? Because Donald Trump is corrupt. We need to talk about this a lot more often.

Woody apparently brought the subject up to Scotland’s Secretary of State. Scotland is where Trump’s Turnberry resort is located. In case you’re a Republican, Scotland is a country that’s part of the United Kindom. This is something that probably confused Trump previously as he’s shown confusion over what is the United Kingdom, England, Britain, and person, woman, man, camera, TV.

Woody told several colleagues he was going to make the request and his deputy, Lewis Lukens, a holdover from the Obama administration, told him it was a really bad idea. Asking for a personal favor, basically, a bribe to the president of the United States isn’t just not diplomatic, but it’s unethical and…wait for it again…has to be illegal.

Lukens was fired. Now, there’s confusion over whether he was fired for not liking the idea of asking host nations for bribes or if he was dismissed for saying something nice about President Obama at a diplomatic function. You know what type of little titty babies these people are in the Trump administration.

Woody Johnson tweeted, “I have followed the ethical rules and requirements of my office at all times,” which was about as much a denial as Congressman Ted Yoho’s apology to congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for calling her a “fucking bitch” was an actual apology.

Donald Trump claimed he never spoke to Woody Johnson about it which is either a lie or the truth as he could have spoken to someone else to speak to Johnson about it. And, while denying that he was trying to benefit his property as president (sic), Donald Trump promoted his property from the presidency. He said, “No, I never spoke to Woody Johnson about that, about Turnberry. Turnberry’s a highly respected course, as you know, one of the best in the world. I read a story about it today, and I never spoke to Woody Johnson about doing that, no.” Also, you can probably get a really sweet deal on a used mattress from Turdberry.

Is Donald Trump the kind of guy who’d use his office to profit? Is he the kind of guy who’d ask for a major golf tournament to be hosted at one of his resorts? We do know he’s the kind of guy who’d try to host the G-7 at one of his shitty resorts.

Turdberry is a major money sucker and Trump has lost millions in it. He’s been craving for a major golf tournament to be hosted at one of his resorts for years but he’s been denied again and again. Why? Because his golf courses are crap. Several of his resorts are losing money, like Doral in Miami which is why he wanted the G-7 to be hosted there. Also, Doral is full of bedbugs so be careful if you go mattress shopping from a Trump property.

Donald Trump is corrupt. He’s raking in millions without even asking…but he’s asking too. And there’s no better way to lose respect in the international community than for our president (sic) to be asking our allies for bribes. It’s a bribe. Make no mistake about it. Bribe, bribe, bribity, bribe, bribe. It’s a fucking bribe. It’s not just unethical, it’s a crime for which Donald Trump should eventually go to fucking federal prison…among all the other multiple crimes he’s committed that he should go to fucking federal prison for.

And the new normal in Trump corruption is that this story lasted a day. It was swept aside for his canceling a convention in Jacksonville and for, “Person, Woman, Man, Camera, TV.” It’s scary enough the Trump cult doesn’t care about Trump’s corruption, but that the rest of have become used to it. This is a big freaking deal. Everyone needs to freak out about it. I am. Can we all agree it’s wrong for the president (sic) to enrich himself from his office? Can we agree it’s wrong for the president (sic) to ask for bribes?

And since Republicans in Washington won’t remove Donald Trump for being corrupt, the responsibility is on us. We need to remove him in November. It’s important.

Donald Trump is corrupt and his supporters have a Woody for it.

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