Roughs

Roughs, Volume 93


Hey, kids. It’s time to check out a few roughs from the past week. 

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I liked this cartoon but I did something else on the commission and other issues got ahead of it.

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I wrote this cartoon Friday before last and it almost went to CNN. I’m kinda glad it didn’t because my CNN cartoons are for their exclusive use, and nearly all my clients used this one. It even made The Washington Post. Go me.

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CNN did choose a good one, or at least one I really liked. I loved the visual of Mitch’s snaky neck going around the door.

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I liked this one too but I never finished it.

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I did finish this one and a lot of my clients used it. It attracted a lot of haters defending Trump too.

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This was a contender for last week’s CNN newsletter. I gave them a lot to choose from. I may come back to it.

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The reality this joke is based on is that a lot of MAGA terrorists did have T-Shirts made.

There were a few more but I’m hanging onto to those for a week or so as I may still publish them. Which one of these is your favorite?

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: I have two copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling 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 92


Its time to see some roughs from the past week.

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When I first drew this last Thursday or Friday, I thought it was OK. Maybe it’s still just OK, but I decided to make an official version of it over last weekend. I’m glad I did it. I was actually expecting someone else to do it. Maybe it’s so obvious, that nobody wanted to draw it. Actually, I don’t think that’s possible.

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I drew this last Thursday and I finally drew and published the official version of it last night. I did the shirt guy cartoon first and intentionally waited until the Senate was ready to vote and reject the commission before I drew this cartoon. I think I timed it pretty well. It’s gotten quite a few shares on social media, probably because it’s true.

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I drew this one last Friday also and waited until Monday to do the real cartoon version of it. Why did I wait? Because the CNN cartoon was on the same issue and I wanted that one to hit the streets first. This cartoon took off in a really good way. Most of my clients used it and comments were incredible.

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This is what we went with for the CNN Opinion newsletter last week. I was so into it, that I colored the rough. It was the second rough I drew with Elvis and an alien.

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This was the first, which got me to draw the second version. I thought, I shouldn’t have aliens talking about Elvis. Elvis should be in the cartoon. You can’t do a cartoon about Elvis without Elvis. The spaceship in this version is my favorite from the three.

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This was the third version. I think the bamboo thing might be a bit more obscure for most readers. Do you know what I’m talking about? See? I also toyed with creating astrology signs with the stars and spelling out “CNN.” It didn’t work. That thing in the bottom center is supposed to be a crab. I know. Shut up. I really got into drawing these spaceships, Elvis, and the aliens.

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This is probably the only rough from last week that didn’t become an official cartoon. If you know anything about DC, you know the MAGAts probably would not enjoy going to Adams Morgan.

OK, what’s your favorite?

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: I have Three copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling 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 91


Each of these roughs is from last week, except for the first one.

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I drew this one two weeks ago and held off on drawing it because my CNN cartoon for that week also featured Borat. I wanted a little time to pass before I threw another Borat out there (this time for my clients). I knew both of these idiots would be back in the news soon…and right when I was about to give up on this, I found a use for it…sorta. I just added one more moron to it.

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I love McLovin’ but I figured a lot of people wouldn’t know who he is. If you do, give yourself a bonus point.

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We almost went with this one for the CNN newsletter, but we felt the next cartoon was stronger.

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So I drew this Friday with it set to be published on Sunday for the newsletter, and on Saturday I saw that my colleague Clay Bennett basically did the same cartoon, except with President Joe Biden instead of Uncle Sam. I blogged about it. And then, I saw that another cartoonist did the mask tan line thing (and he probably published it before anyone). So, maybe it wasn’t that unique of an idea.

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I didn’t really like this one and it’s a case of throwing something at the wall to see if it’ll stick. It didn’t. This is a case where my editor asked what I was trying to say and I replied, “I don’t know.”

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These people are already doing it. I saw a post this week by a MAGA goon portraying himself as being persecuted because maybe someone will ask him if he’s been vaccinated while he goes around without a mask, then goes into a big rant about being offended by seeing people wearing masks. The two things I loved about his post was that he missed the irony and how he made himself a victim before anything has happened to him.

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I liked this one though I didn’t draw it very well here.

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I almost went with this one last week.

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You can’t do the honor system with people who don’t have any honor. The only way around this will be for businesses to continue with policies requiring customers to wear face masks. Also, it’ll get around that whole who’s been vaxxed or not shit. I probably should have drawn this cartoon.

Which cartoon is your favorite?

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: I have Three copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling 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 89


I apologize. I thought I already posted these roughs. These are from the week before last. If I’m going crazy and I did already post these, let’s blame it on a vaccine side effect. 

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I like this idea and I almost drew a variation of it. As usual, it got away from me. I can just wait until President Biden’s next first 100 days.

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This was another take on the same subject. I like it much less.

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This is the rough that became an official CNN cartoon. I was so happy they picked this one because it’s so weird. Also, I wanted to make cat lovers happy.

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This also turned into a cartoon I was very happy with.

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This one also turned into a real cartoon. This triggered a LOT of responses.

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This isn’t very good.

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This is OK but I like the next one better.

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This turned into a real cartoon. My readers loved it on social media and a lot of clients ran with it. It also triggered a lot of responses.

There will be another post of roughs sooner than usual. I’ll make it later tonight or tomorrow. It has a lot more drawings than this one.

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: I have Three copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling 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 88


Here are a few roughs from last week.

CNNrough1188I came up with this idea last Friday and I totally intended to draw it over the weekend, then something else happened and then something else happened. Finally, right when I was about to tackle it, Maxine Waters made news for something else and then…Jim Jordan got into a fight with another black female representative. Sheesh! So, I ended up shelving this for two other cartoons that featured Maxine Waters. 

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This is the rough that became the cartoon for CNN last Sunday. I was very happy with it.

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I drew this cartoon and published it last Saturday. I’m still getting yelled at for it over on Twitter.

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The idea here is, the pregnant woman is watching her husband leave for Afghanistan in 2001, and in 2021, she and her husband are watching their child come home from Afghanistan. I just wasn’t sure I could convey the father/son thing in a cartoon. I think it was a really good concept though.

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I still haven’t heard anyone in the press ask how the kid got the gun. This is what we’ve come to in this country and why we’re an embarrassment. It doesn’t even occur to us to ask how a 13-year-old got a gun. It’s the United States. Of course he was able to get a gun.

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I wasn’t sure about this one but I liked it.

Now that I’ve posted these roughs, I gotta get ready to draw a bunch more for CNN tomorrow. You’ll probably see all of them next week. I’m tired.

What was your favorite?

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: I have FIVE copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling 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 87


All these rough sketches are from the previous week except for the first one. Enjoy, kiddos.

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This was my first idea after the Daunte Wright shooting but then I stopped myself knowing another cartoonist would also draw it. I was right. My colleague Jeff Stahler drew it while I was deciding not to.

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I was assigned to do something on the vaccine and I struggled.

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This is what landed in the newsletter for CNN Opinion last Sunday. I do enjoy drawing cows.

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Before I found my cows, I took several stabs (no pun intended) at vaccine ideas. I love drawing cows and zombies. I like this one.

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This is when it was getting late in the day and I was getting desperate. I don’t like this one and I’m glad my editor didn’t either.

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I kinda liked this one but one didn’t have anything to do with the other.

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This was OK.

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I took a few jabs (no pun intended) at AstraZeneca, but honestly, I don’t want to do anything that contributes to the anti-vaccine hysteria. This would have been a small tribute to Chuck Jones (no relation that I’m aware of, darn it).

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Another at the expense of AstraZeneca.

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And another at AstraZeneca. These were the first I did after being assigned to do something on the virus and vaccinations. After this one, I was done with ideas on AstraZeneca and moved on.

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I really liked this idea and I published it last Saturday.

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I sat on this one for a couple of days and I knew it would be fun. There were a few changes.

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I liked this one.

Tomorrow, I’ll be drawing more roughs and you will probably see them in a week or so. Right now, I have no idea what I’ll be drawing and throwing at CNN. You’ll see what I came up with this Sunday. Isn’t it exciting?

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: I have FIVE copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling 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 86


These roughs are from over the past two weeks. There are quite a few of them so that should improve the odds of you liking at least one.

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I really wanted to draw this cartoon because drawing crows (better than I’ve drew them here) would have been fun. But I had already done a couple on Georgia’s racist voting law so I moved on. This is from two weeks ago.

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This was drawn last week.

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This was published last weekend and it was popular with my clients, especially with the alties, and on social media.

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This is the cartoon for last week’s CNN Opinion newsletter.

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This was also published last week, but this version didn’t start as the rough. This is where I was going with it…and then I changed gears and drew another subject. When I came back to it, I started over.

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This was the cartoon for the CNN Opinion newsletter from two weeks ago.

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I kinda liked this one.

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I liked this one too but I was afraid what I was going for would have been lost. It should have been drawn right after the child testified.

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I really liked this one. I may go back and do it when it the time seems right.

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I nearly drew this but the time got away from me. I can save it for the next time a good guy with a gun is shot and killed by a bad guy with a gun.

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I really liked this. I liked the idea. I liked the drawing. But there’s something wrong with it. What is it? It’s a freaking cliff idea. Political cartoons with cliffs (waterfalls count) are being drawn every week. It’s the most over-used cliché in the business and even most cartoonists aren’t aware of it. It’s extremely lazy. It’s so common, I guarantee you will see at least one within the next seven days. I even see the cartoonists I love using cliff ideas. And I will use them too. But, I have a cliff limit and that’s once a year. I remember the one I drew last year and I know it hasn’t been a year yet. No one else would notice, but I would.

Which of these is your favorite?

Roughs, Volume 85


I drew a crap ton of roughs last week. Wanna see them? Good. Let’s go.

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A few from this batch grew up to become official cartoons. I sat on this idea for a couple of days before going with it. It’s turned out to be popular with my clients.

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This is the rough that grew up to become the weekly cartoon for the CNN Opinion newsletter. This might be my favorite cartoon of the week. Bananas are always funny to me. Also, I bet Putin could kill someone with a banana.

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This was my first idea on the Putin/Killer thing but I think I came up with the banana peel gag just as I was finishing it up. I was like, “How do I draw the Kremlin? Wait! I don’t need to draw the Kremlin! I’ll draw bananas!”

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I really liked this one and I almost drew it Monday morning. The only thing that held me back is that I already drew one kinda similar last week. I may bring this back.

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I started to draw this last Wednesday or Thursday, and then I got another idea. I sat on it for several days but finally finished it on Monday. I was afraid this incident was old news but the San Francisco Examiner ran this cartoon today.

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I was taking a few tries on something on anti-Asian violence for CNN. This is something where I don’t know if it’s too much or if it’s OK. Either way, I didn’t love it.

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This one, I wasn’t confused over. I knew a lot of people would be upset with it. I wasn’t even serious about making it an official cartoon, publishing it, or good god, sending it to my clients. Then, it grew on me and like I often do, I said, “Fuck those torpedoes” and I went with it. I really dug the rough, so I just went it again and added color. It didn’t change much.

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I thought about going with this one too but honestly, I was tired of drawing TVs. I drew two last week.

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This one is not very good…or maybe it is. I don’t know. It’s March Madness for racists.

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I still like this one. Now I’m wishing I had drawn it.

That’s all of them. Which one is your favorite?

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: I have SEVEN copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling 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.

Watch me draw.

Roughs, Volume 84


I drew too many roughs last week. Let’s check them out.

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I drew this rough for CNN and I’m glad they chose over it. I saw a few other cartoons with this idea and even though they all ran after this one was scheduled, I’m still glad I didn’t do it. I can’t trust other cartoonists will see my ideas because yesterday, a Pulitzer Prize winner kinda-sorta did the same cheese head Ron Johnson cartoon I did a couple weeks ago.

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And I did two on the theme. Honestly, I didn’t like either.

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Looking at this one again, I’m like, “What?” It really stinks. Those are supposed to be their stimulus checks.

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I think was an idea I gave up on before I was finished drawing it.

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I don’t love this one either, though it’s pretty accurate. After I drew this rough, I saw a similar cartoon (by another Pulitzer Prize winner) which was a lot better than this version.

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This is the one I drew for CNN.

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I kinda liked this one.

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I left a word out. “This is a campaign to convince PEOPLE to like getting checks?” Still, not a great idea.

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I did draw a cartoon on the Biden’s biting dogs. I liked this one and so did two people I bounced them both off of, but we all chose the other. That list was going to get longer.

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Why did Trump get his vaccination in secret while all the other living presidents got theirs in public?

Which of these is your fave? I don’t think I had a good week for roughs.

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: I have FIVE copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling 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.

Watch me draw:

Roughs, Volume 83


It’s time to check out some roughs from the week before…and a few from weeks before that.

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I watched the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan. The show was over at 10:00 P.M. and I was looking to go to bed. But, I wanted an idea on it first. I got the idea at midnight and scratched this out. But I couldn’t go to bed. I had to go ahead and draw the cartoon for my clients, most of whom will probably never run it. Also, Buckingham Palace is kinda hard to draw. I did some Googling since I’ve never been there.

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I drew this rough last Friday and went ahead and posted it on social media to have some fun. I knew I wasn’t going to make an official cartoon from it. Then, another accuser came out Monday and I started to wish I hadn’t shared this yet. But I had drawn enough potatoes over the past week and the Pepe Le Pew thing had just happened, so I went with Pepe. Still, I liked this idea a lot.

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This isn’t a great idea but the point is awesome.

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I drew this mostly to screw with my editor at CNN. It was drawn three days before the interview. Three days before we knew what revelations would be dropped.

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Again, before I saw the interview. And I know…that’s a terrible version of Kermit. In hindsight, this cartoon would have been the wrong cartoon.

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This is what we went with for CNN. I dug it.

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I kinda like this and I kinda don’t. I do like drawing raccoons. 

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I took this idea…

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And I combined it with this idea for the cartoon on voter suppression that ran today. That all came to me this morning at four A.M.

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I kinda liked this one.

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I liked this one too and it became a real cartoon which was published last Saturday. It was fun to draw a Halloween cliché in March, which probably means it’s not a cliché. 

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I drew this about a month ago and I’ve kept it in my open idea folder thinking one day soon, I could use it. I was waiting on a slow news days but I haven’t had one yet. So now, I’m giving it up and presenting it to you as a rough. Good bye, idea. You didn’t totally suck.

Remember when Larry Flynt died and I told you I had a rough I was never going to show you? Well, never say “never.” Now, I think enough time has passed to reveal it. Are you ready? Warning: It’s not as bad as you’re expecting it to be.

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See? Now was that so bad? This was not pulled because of the bare bum. It was pulled, on the advice of one of my proofers, that it was an insult to handicapped people. And that’s not what I was going for so I pulled it.

Which of these roughs 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 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: I have SEVEN copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling 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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