Roughs

Roughs, Volume 122


Hey, kids. I drew eight roughs last week and seven of them were on the Supreme Court.

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I liked this one but I really hate to give anything to the Lets-Go-Brandon fuckers. A lot of them would have seen this cartoon and thought I was on their side.

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This one might be my favorite of the SCOTUS roughs.

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This was the idea CNN picked.

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I liked this one too.

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And I liked this one too. I should shop these to other cartoonists. Just kidding.

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I drew this one for my clients. I really wanted to get something out on Djokovic.

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I kinda liked this one too. Have I done something on Joe Rogan yet that wasn’t just a rough? I can’t recall. If not, I need to.

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I sketched this up right after President Biden’s speech for voting rights. He said you either stand with Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, and John Lewis, or you stand with Jefferson Davis, Bull Conner, and George Wallace. The Republicans backing Trump’s white nationalist goons who attacked the Capitol howled in protest. I made this into a cartoon for my newspaper clients.

This was the first cartoon I sent to my editor. When we start the process each week, I usually kick it off by sending a rough and then we go from there. I never have much expectation the first idea will be chosen as I don’t know what our subject will be at that point.

Which of these are your faves? Don’t be shy.

Music Note: I didn’t listen to anything while drawing these roughs. My TV was on CNN.

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.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Roughs, Episode 121


Here’s the batch of roughs from the week before last. It’s another small one, which I love.

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Antonio Brown was a player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At one point during a game a couple weeks ago, he was apparently fired from the time. Did I mention it was during the game? There have been conflicting reports over why, but according to some reports, the Bucs wanted him to get back into the game while he was injured and they fired him over his refusal. His reaction to this was to rip his jersey off and walk off the field. I tried to tie that into the Chicago school situation but it didn’t work…so I bailed on it.

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This was the cartoon for the CNN newsletter. I really liked this one and I would have drawn it for my newspapers if they hadn’t picked it. It did really well on social media.

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I didn’t like this one. The thing is, kids…if you support Donald Trump and his lies, you’re the one deranged.

Rough1538

Seeing this again for the first time in over a week did make me smirk.

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I was trying to do a satire of a statement Trump issued for January 6 that contained a lot of stuff that’s not relevant, along with some conspiracy theories. But this was mostly reporting and less satire. It’s like the movie “Don’t Look Up.” It’s hard to out-crazy the crazies.

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I was supposed to be doing something on the “former defeated president” when I made this. I liked this one too much and it became a cartoon for my newspapers. A Ted Cruz tummy tickle? I like the weird ideas.

So which are your faves?

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 18 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.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Roughs, Volume 118


Yup, it’s that time again. It’s time for roughs. And there’s a lot of them this week.

Rough1502

You may recall Thanksgiving was last week. You may also be aware that Thanksgiving typically lands on Thursdays. Thursdays and Fridays are my CNN days (they’re also the days when everyone I know wants to contact me about frivolous bullshit). So, we moved last week’s CNN day to Wednesday so we could all eat turkey without facing a deadline. All the topics covered in today’s blog were drawn before the Ahmaud Arbery verdict came in. After that, every rough was on the verdict. Keep in mind, the cartoon had to still be relevant five days later because we publish on Sundays. I didn’t think that’d be a problem after the verdict came in.

As for this cartoon, it was a warmup without any real intention of it being picked. I had done something similar a year or so ago. I do like the setting at the crosswalk.

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This was actually one of my favorites of the batch. I did a lot with Lady Justice in this batch.

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Looking at this one again, it made me laugh. Maybe I should have done it.

Rough1507

We went with this one but changed the shirt to read “Ahmaud Arbery’s Life Mattered.” Funny creative story: I did a Google Image search to see if anyone had drawn this cartoon already. I didn’t find any. After I drew it, I searched again and I found one by Nick Anderson, though it was a pin on Lady Liberty reading “Black Lives Matter” and not a shirt, which is probably why I missed it the first time. I was going to tell my editor after Thanksgiving at the risk of not having a cartoon in the newsletter, but they called me and wanted to change the shirt. That solved the problem. I later messaged Nick and told him, just to share. He said it wouldn’t have been a big deal and that he also did not remember his own cartoon. That I can relate to. I don’t remember what I drew yesterday.

Even though similarities happens to every cartoonist, I’m very particular about this, and I know a few other who are as well. It’s bad enough I see cartoonists drawing cartoons they know have already been done…but then they boast about how awesome they are. I hate that guy…I mean, I hate them.

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I don’t like this one.

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I did this one for my clients. I thought it was just OK but it did fit the moment.

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I hate this one so much that I’m not sure if I sent it to my editor or not.

Rough1503

This was OK.

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Right about the time of the verdict, Baby Ammo Rittenhouse went to Mar-A-Lago for a photo-op with Donald Trump. I’m sure if the three men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery had beaten the rap, they too would have gotten one of those sweet orange Nazi photo-op invites.

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I loved this one so I did it for my clients.

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My proofreader Laura liked this one but I chose the Trump/Kyle one over it.

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The rest of this batch was drawn before the verdict. See how fast I switched gears? Get ready for a Santa’s Lap stream.

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I was gonna do this one but then Jeff Stahler did something similar with Santa’s lap and shooting your eye out. I don’t remember it exactly, but I thought it migh be too close. Still, I may return to this concept in some way, especially after what happened in Michigan.

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This is how Republicans would ask Santa to help the country if they actually gave two shits about the country. So, I was using creative license here.

Rough1495

The initial idea of this had the same dialogue, but it was being said by two guys in a bar. But the cops on horses saved me from the bar setting which I admittedly use a lot. Don’t worry. I’m still going to keep using it.

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This is the first one I drew on Thanksgiving week for my batch of roughs. I later saw Ann Telnaes do something on the rich that reminded me this was still in my back pocket. Maybe I should have hung onto it before showing it to you here. I might bring it back which will be OK because you’ll forget you ever saw it by then.

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Occasionally, I’ll tell you there are more roughs but I’m holding onto them for now. This is one of those. This was thought up and sketched out two weeks ago. I made an official cartoon out of it at the beginning of last week.

There’s a digital notepad full of ideas I’ll never get to in addition to a maybe folder full of roughs that I may do in the future, like when the topic returns to the headlines. Like the ideas in the notepad, I won’t get to do most of those in the maybe folder.

This was a big batch and next week’s is even larger. Trust me on this, there’s a lot of crap in next week’s batch. There’s not a lot in it I like. But with this batch, what your faves?

Creative note: I don’t listen to any music while roughing out ideas. My TV is always on CNN while doing these but it’s usually on mute.

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 18 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.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Roughs, Volume 116


It’s time for roughs.

Rough1474

Obviously, this was drawn before the verdict. I kinda wish I had drawn it. I did draw a cartoon of Kyle crying on the witness stand, but it didn’t have a comparison to Brett Kavanaugh or crocodile tears. Those were two things I knew other cartoonists were going to do.

Rough1480

This was for the CNN newsletter. I had actually done a cartoon about six months ago with Republicans burning Liz Cheney at the stake with one of them against it saying, “Have you seen today’s gas prices?” I forgot about that and my proofer Laura found it. I’m not worried about it but if I had remembered, I probably wouldn’t have done this cartoon. Remember a cartoon six months ago? I can’t even what I ate this morning.

Rough1479

I didn’t go with this cartoon but I like the point in it. The last time we had extremely high gas prices was in 2008 during Bush’s last year. I remember the economy being so bad that there were a lot of things to blame Bush for. Gas prices will go down again, and President Biden won’t have much to do with it. Gas prices aren’t partisan. They hit presidents of both parties…and every leader worldwide.

Rough1478

This one became a real cartoon. I wanted to do something about inflation. Anytime I draw a cartoon somewhat critical of Biden, it doesn’t do well on social media. At least not with my audience. And the right always forgets I did it, claiming I need to hit a Democrat while never excoriating a conservative cartoonist to hit Trump. And in this cartoon, I’m not blaming President Biden for inflation. I’m just having fun with the current situation because him being blamed is the truth…even though the blame isn’t based on the truth.

Rough1477

The only thing wrong with this cartoon, other than it’s not really good, is that only the hyper-partisan are aware the Asian-joke-cracking racist judge of the Rittenhouse trial has Lee Greenwood’s god-awful “God Bless the USA” song as his ringtone. The song was used at every Trump Rally since Trump rallies began. And why did the judge even take his phone inside the courtroom? He wants everyone else to respect the process but Judge Jackass gets to bring his phone into the room? Is he playing Pokemon Go on it, or was he just virtue signaling?

Was the judge telling us he loves Trump or just loves crap music? I should write a song about America, freedom, bald eagles, Chevy trucks, baseball, and apple pie, and if anyone doesn’t like it, say they hate America.

Rough1476

I didn’t like this one so much. Also, it had a short shelf life. However, I really do want to draw a pelican. Keep your eyes open for that.

Rough1475

I felt I had neglected the infrastructure (like Trump did for four years), so I knew I needed something on it. I thought this was good enough. I like making points that Republicans won’t get. I also like drawing cartoons the Lets-Go-Brandon crowd won’t understand.

Rough1473

This one started out with just Climate Change and Critical Race Theory. Then I knew I needed to include the fictional War on Christmas. This one became a real cartoon.

Tell me what your favorites are.

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.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Roughs, Volume 115


Kids, we have a bunch of roughs this week. Let’s get to it.

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I can’t stand early holiday cartoons. I made a promise to my readers that I wouldn’t draw any Thanksgiving or Christmas cartoons until I finished all my Halloween candy (trick-r-treaters never showed up. Also, I wasn’t home). But, I broke that promise when I did a cartoon of Ted Cruz and his family eating Big Bird for Thanksgiving.
I can not stand early holiday cartoons and I swear to God, I saw a Santa cartoon the day after Halloween. If was the king of the cartoonists, I would make a new law that no Christmas cartoons will be drawn before Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, I am not the king of the cartoonists and nobody listens to me.

I did like this cartoon because Republicans, no matter how pretty they wrap the package, are a bunch of racists. 

Rough1472

I like this one. I think I’ll put it into my “maybe” folder which is already full of ideas I’ll probably never do. I don’t mind posting this for you now as when I do it, if I do, you won’t remember it. Maybe I just want to draw a flaming meteor. No, the meteor isn’t gay. It’s flaming because it’s on fire. And, there’d be nothing wrong with it if it was gay, you homophobic jerk. Why can’t you leave people and meteors alone to live their lives? They’re not hurting you. Well, the meteor is, but not because of who it wants to sleep with. Welcome to the 21st century.

Rough1460

These cartoons were drawn election week, with a lot o them being drawn election night. This is one of them. I liked this one but I didn’t know if it was the first message I wanted to draw after Youngkin…gag…won. I do like this and I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get around to it. I like the way the gaggle of donkeys worked out.

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This one was drawn for the CNN Opinion newsletter. I lot of these cartoons I’m drawing now about the upcoming midterms are about a situation that can change before November 2022. Oh, God, we can’t allow Kevin McCarthy to control the House. Democrats, you gotta turn this around. Shit.

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I liked this one but I wasn’t able to get to it. I didn’t want to draw three cartoons a day to get all these in. When you draw three cartoons a day, the cartoons look like you draw three cartoons a day.

There’s this perception among other cartoonists I draw a lot of cartoons every day, and sometimes I do. I draw two a day on either Thursday or Friday with one being for CNN. And then, you don’t see the CNN until Sunday. I draw a lot of roughs on those days (where do you think this collection came from?). Occasionally, I’ll draw two in one day and post both of them as soon as they’re drawn. I like doing that now and then to be a step ahead with my file dates and to take a Sunday off from drawing. But I learned, at least with work, that my quality decreases when I do two cartoons a day repeatedly and that the cartoons kinda step on each other with how much attention they get from both social and news outlets. There have been times I’ve drawn two in one day and regretted it the next morning.
Still, a few of my colleagues think I draw several a day. Matt Davies alluded to it in his Herblock Award acceptance speech, which amused me, and I was asked by another at a party a few weeks ago, “How many do you draw a day?” I said, “Usually, one.” And then I went back to my hotel and drew a cartoon.

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I didn’t like this one and was afraid it’d be misconstrued.

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I really liked this one and it became a real cartoon. I liked this one just because it’s weird enough that I could be pretty sure no other cartoonists would have the same idea.

Rough1466

This became an official cartoon also. I didn’t love the judges’ desks very much, so I made it a two-panel but with them still relating to each other. I also hated having this many labels. I still didn’t love the desks.

Rough1465

I was totally set to do this but then thought of the Thunder Shirt cartoon (you might remember). The Thunder Shirt pushed this one aside and then I decided not to do it at all because I had already done a cartoon featuring the Sweater Vest. Then my friend Rob Rogers did a cartoon featuring Youngkin and the term “racist dog whistles” and it made me wish I had done this. Rob’s cartoon was great. This cartoon isn’t the same as Rob’s, but I don’t think it’d be fair to him if I published this after seeing his. It’s the same message. I think the thing that annoyed me most is the Thunder Shirt/Sweater Vest cartoon that replaced this wasn’t executed the way I planned. It still eats at me.

Rough1463

This was drawn on election night. I didn’t go with it because I had already drawn stockades fairly recently and I wasn’t sure if it was the right cartoon for the moment.

Rough1462

I didn’t know if anyone would get this. You know, dogs…dog whistles? Never mind. I suck.

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Other cartoonists can relate to this and in fact, I was talking to a fellow cartoonist Tim Campbell about this yesterday. Election night was the same night as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros in the World Series (the Astros, being like Republicans, cheat). This is what Tim and most cartoonists know (not the hacks who trace and steal ideas): You get an idea, you think it’s great, you start drawing it, and in the middle of it, you realize it sucks. This is one of those. It sucks. In my defense, I had drawn about six ideas that night.

Another reason I wasn’t sure about this is that it was about the loser and not the winner. Like most rules in cartooning, this rule is not rock-solid.
I read an article years ago about Mike Peters, who’s a big influence on me and an inspiration to most cartoonists. When Jimmy Carter beat Gerald Ford in the 1976 election, he was drawing up ideas on Ford losing when his editor told him it should be about the winner. You can hit the loser tomorrow. He realized some rare had just happened. An editor was right. So, he drew the White House with Carter’s teeth. It was in his Pulitzer Prize-winning entry. I also read an article that Mike Peters will eat out of his office garbage can.

Which of these are your faves?

I have videos of these being drawn but they won’t be posted. I’m still on my YouTube probation for drawing a good anti-Qanon cartoon ten months ago.

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.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

Watch me draw: I am currently on one-week probation from posting new videos on YouTube because somebody got upset with me for criticizing Marjorie Taylor Green, Qanon, white nationalists, and Nazis ten months ago.

Roughs, Volume 112


Strap yourself in, or not, and let’s check out what I roughed out the week before.

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My CNN editor and I both liked this cartoon. We talked about it and we agreed that it might have been just a little outdated by the time we ran it, which would have been last Sunday. I think it would have been OK but there were larger fish to fry, catch, mock, insult, etc, etc. I also had a there’s-something-on-the-wing concept but I just couldn’t get there. And there weren’t any wings on the shuttle.

Rough1336

I did another version of this cartoon. It’s always fun to draw Steve Bannon which has to be more fun than being Steve Bannon.

Rough1338

There are two ideas for this one. We went with this idea for the CNN newsletter. I was very happy it was picked over the Shatner one.

Rough1432

This is the other idea on the subject. I was going to draw it last weekend but decided to wait until AFTER the CNN cartoon ran. Then I thought I should wait a few more days as the layout was kinda the same. Though it would have gone to different clients, my online readers see all my cartoons. And then other issues arrived and it got away from me. Now, Trump is probably going to say this stupid-ass statement again, so I may come back to this. Don’t be surprised if you see it again.

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This rough is actually from the week before. You’re not required to remember this, but you may recall in the last batch, I said there was another rough and I was hanging onto it for now. This is it. It also changed as I made it more specific about Virginia governor Trumper candidate Glenn Youngkin and I put classic book titles on these books. The titles I used have actually been banned by a school district in this country. Yes, there are books being banned in this country.

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I didn’t draw this rough for CNN. I drew it for myself as I was trying to figure out how to draw it.

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I kinda liked this one but I didn’t think it was strong enough.

Rough1433

You probably saw the completed version of this already. The funny thing is, I sat on it for about five days before I drew it up. I got ideas, yo. You should see the list. I always have to destroy the list eventually as it gets so large that it starts to lag on the computer and I’m not a patient person.

Rough1337

I may come back to this one as well.

Rough1339

People ask me all the time do a Great Pumpkin cartoon. The thing is, I do them nearly every Halloween. I even did one last March as Trump and that pillow fucker was talking about reinstatement. The Halloween animation I drew last year, TrumpenWeenie, also had a part playing off the Charlie Brown Halloween special. Also, I did the “I got a rock” thing earlier this week. But, I’m going to do a Great Pumpkin cartoon in the coming days. It’s not going to be this one. My friend Quannah has already seen it and gave it a thumbs-up.

Alright, kids. As usual, what’s your favorites?

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 ZERO copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. A new shipment will arrive in early November. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

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Roughs, Volume 111


It’s time for roughs.

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I almost did this cartoon…but I didn’t.

Rough1425

This is probably my least favorite in this batch. When my CNN editor called and told me to guess which was his favorite, I said it was this one. I was wrong. Thank God.

Rough1428

This was my editor’s favorite and it was one of mine too. I’m really happy he picked it, but he had a suggestion.

Rough1431

My editor thought it worked better with Zuckerberg on a sailboat because he was literally on one the day of the 60 Minutes interview with the Facebook whistleblower, and the hydrofoil thing was from last July. I admit, I think the hydrofoil image is funnier but the sailboat was more relevant. Also, Zuckerberg’s sailboat is literally named “Shenanigans.” I had to use that.

The day after I drew it and the day before it ran, my editor told me the little sail is in the front and it’s called a “jib.” I didn’t know either of those things. But, he told me I didn’t have to change it. If I found out this information after the cartoon was published, I wouldn’t have worried about it. Since I knew before it ran, then I had to change it or I would not get any sleep. It’s not that I’m a perfectionist but little stuff like that will drive me nuts.

Rough1424

I did two roughs on the Texas school shooting, a news item that kinda disappeared the next day. I didn’t love this version.

Rough1429

I liked this version and I almost drew it. The reason I didn’t is because the event faded from the news and I pushed it aside for other issues. I still like it.

Rough1426

I loved this one but wasn’t sure I should do it. Proofreader Laura told me I should, and after I told her I was going to do something else first, she said I had to come back and do this one. I knew then I had to do it. The image is scary but Laura is an excellent judge of stuff like this. I thought I’d have to sell her on it but she was selling it to me.

Rough1423

I didn’t make this an official cartoon but maybe I’ll come back to it. I did do a cartoon on the issue. Plus, I like drawing alligators.

Rough1422

I did this cartoon the day after the story broke. I felt that since I work for CNN as a freelancer, and AT&T owns CNN, then I had to cover the story.

Rough1430

There is one rough in this batch I’m not going to show you yet because I’m definitely going to make a real cartoon out of it, or a version of it anyway. I don’t want you to see it yet. I may eventually draw this bus cartoon also…but I don’t care if you see it now.

What are your faves from this batch?

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 FOUR 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.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

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Roughs, Volume 110


I had a fairly easy time last week and didn’t need to draw as many roughs as usual. You know, all work and no play makes Clay something something something.

Rough1417

I liked this one but didn’t have time to get to it. I wanted to take last Sunday off from drawing a new cartoon but there were too many subjects. I didn’t want to put out two in one day. I will continue to do that here and there, but I’m getting more averse to it.

Rough1420

I thought this was OK, but I wasn’t in love with it.

Rough1415

I was trying to get somewhere with this one, but didn’t make it. My CNN editor asked me about it because he really liked the subject but I know he didn’t like this cartoon. I didn’t either.

Rough1419

I did like this one and it became an official cartoon. Someone on GoComics commented that they saw a lot of cartoonists use Joe Camel last week. First off, I drew mine first. Second, the Facebook whistleblower compared Facebook to big tobacco, so I’m not surprised more than one person used Joe Camel. I actually only saw one other cartoon with Joe Camel and it was from a guy who I know doesn’t copy, and his cartoon wasn’t the same as mine anyway. I wonder if he had the same concern I did that there would be a lot of readers who wouldn’t know who Joe Camel is.

Rough1418

This one was published also and I was a little worried someone else might have the same idea before me. But, nope. Did I use a different punchline for the elephant? I don’t recall and I’m too lazy to look it up right now.

Rough1416

I had been wanting to make this point for a while, so this cartoon was drawn.

Rough1413

The reason I didn’t do the other Sinema cartoon is because I did this one. I really liked this correlation even after some people screamed at me for it. They thought I was making a joke about mental health.

Rough1414

This is the one CNN picked, and I’m glad they did. I got to put a cartoon on Virginia into the CNN Opinion newsletter. I have more cartoon ideas on the Virginia race which you will see.

Do you have a favorite out of these? What is it? Come back next week for another round of roughs.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are FIVE 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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Roughs, Volume 109


Kids, I know you’re going to be all like, “Wha’aaaaaaaaaaaat?” when I tell you this, but I only drew six roughs the week before last. Crazy, I know. What else is crazy is that four of them became actual published cartoons.

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This one did not become a published cartoon. But I did cover the subject along with a lot of other cartoonists and the critics wanted us to note that the Border Patrol agents on horses were NOT whipping Haitian immigrants with whips. They were being whipped with reigns. Michael Ramirez drew a cartoon conservativesplainin’ it to the rest of us in the news business. Boy they really owned us in the lame-stream media with that detail.

Rough1410

This one got away from me in the rough, so I didn’t even draw it. But it was under heavy consideration. Also under consideration was throwing in a hang-in-there-kitty meme. I liked the concept.

Rough1412

This is the one I drew for CNN. Right after I drew it, I saw another Republican popcorn cartoon by a Pulitzer-Prize winner. A few days later, I saw another with the popcorn theme by another Pulitzer-Prize winner. The popcorn theme has been used before so everyone’s innocent here. It makes a good point in this case with Republicans, whether it’s over the Biden plan or the debt ceiling. I didn’t feel too bad about using the same theme as two others because I’m a huge fan of both cartoonists. I figure if I’m on the same wavelength as those two, then it’s not that bad.

Also, in case you’re wondering: Yes. Every political cartoonist in the country has at least one Pulitzer…except for me.

Rough1411

I actually did not love this idea but I really wanted to do something for my clients on the spending plan and the popcorn cartoon was for CNN. I liked it but I didn’t love it. I liked it a lot better when I made it a stab-in-the-back party and threw in a lot more donkeys. It was very hard to pull off but I think it was worth it when it made The Washington Post. Go me.

Rough1408

I really liked this concept and it became an actual published cartoon. Did I forget the trail of slime in the published cartoon? I think I did. But hey, anytime I get to make another stab at Stephen Miller, I’ll take it.

Rough1407

This is very simple but sometimes, simple works. All it is two speech balloons and Mitch McConnell’s head. It became a published cartoon. I started the cartoon over but honestly, I could have kept this drawing and had just redone the lettering. I love drawing Mitch McConnell. Republicans tend to be easier to draw than Democrats because Republicans are evil.

That’s it, kids. Thanks for riding along. Next week’s collection of roughs will also be kinda light as I only drew eight. You have already seen the finished versions of two of them and there will be at least one more.

Which of these are your favorites?

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 FIVE 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.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

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Roughs, Volume 108


I joked on Twitter last week that I had a bunch of leftover ideas and asked if anybody wanted one. Several people raised their hands but they may all have been joking.

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This is one of the extra ideas that wasn’t used. I saw someone do something similar so I canned it. I didn’t love it anyway.

Rough1405

This was not an extra idea. It’s what turned into the CNN cartoon. If you remember, you’ll notice it’s laid out differently. I was barely able to get all the drag Republicans in it. I really liked this one. I liked all my AOC ideas.

This isn’t an extra either but it almost because one. I had already done an AOC/dress cartoon for CNN and my clients, so I didn’t need to draw another one. I just thought it was too funny to let go.

Rough1394

This one isn’t an extra either and I’m glad I drew it out as it made The Washington Post.

Rough1395

This one was drawn too. It’s not an extra. Now, on to the cartoons I didn’t use.

Rough1404

I wasn’t sure what to use for the dress on this one. What is a cheap dress? I messaged a female friend and asked her which she may have taken as an insult. This is an extra idea.

Rough1401

I couldn’t get this one to excite me, but I did want to draw General Milley again.

Rough1403

And then I did a bunch of Trump rally ideas and now I’m glad I didn’t use any as it was a big bust. I’m also glad I didn’t go to Washington to cover it as I originally planned.

Rough1402

I thought this was OK…but just OK.

Rough1399

If you’re still a Trump cultist, I think you have a mental problem.

Rough1398

Meh.

Rough1397

I hate this one. I am so sick of drawing the COVID germ. Also, I’m sick of other cartoonists’ cartoons of the COVID germ, especially the ones that merely say COVID is at a place. But even though I hate this one, it would have worked if anyone had gone to the Trump Loser Rally, which I like to refer to as the Don’t Cry For Me Mar-a-Lago Rally.

 

Rough1391I kinda liked this one.

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This was OK too but I wasn’t in love with it.

Rough1393

I almost did this one but then thought, “Eh…Larry Elder is old news.” Larry Elder is just another Republican loser.

Rough1392

I did a version of this ferret idea over a decade ago. I don’t think it works as well here.

Out of 16 roughs, I used four. If you are a cartoonist, or not, which one would you have wanted?

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 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. 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 FIVE 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.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

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