Roughs

Roughs, Volume 76


I held off on posting these because I thought there was one or two I might still want to use, but now I think that bird has flown, ship has sailed…yadda yadda yadda. Here are the roughs from last week.

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I thought of this one when I knew I’d never be able to use it. I was doing something else for CNN and had my mind set on a totally different angle on a cartoon for my clients. I think at this point, I had already done two on the MAGA mob. But I liked it enough to sketch it out for my own giggles…and now yours.

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I had every intention of doing this one, even though flying monkeys is kinda played out. I made myself laugh with it. But one of the few people who get to see these ahead of everyone else talked me into doing a cartoon on the horn-wearing guy and I wanted to do something on Trump not going to the inauguration.

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That was this one, but I did change it around.

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This is the one I drew for CNN. That is supposed to be a MAGA hat on the ground and my editor said, “Hey, you should make that note a MAGA hat.” My roughs can be rough. I usually don’t like drawing cartoons like this because it’s not funny and there are no people in it. But I think it really worked. 

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This is another version of the one I did for CNN. Roughs are demos. I like the one we went with better. 

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This may be the worst one in this batch.

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Maybe I should have held onto this one for next week. Forget you saw it!

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I was literally roughing this when the riot broke out. Literally. In the literal sense.

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I expected to get screamed at a lot more than I did for this one. I published it last Sunday. MAGAts are terrorists.

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I was determined to do this one for the morning after the riot. It would have been published last Thursday. I even did the lettering. Isn’t that lettering nice? But then I thought I needed to say something else. Something a bit more important about what happened to the capitol building than what Twitter was doing to Trump…at least at that moment. So this one was shelved. But still, the lettering is nice. The very first thing conservative cartoonists covered about terrorists attacking the United States Congress was about how Twitter is being mean to Trump. Different priorities.

What’s your favorite of the roughs?

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: I have an order of 20 copies of my book (11 are left to purchase) on the way, which I’m selling for $45.00 each, signed. The books won’t arrive until after the new year, but orders are being taken and they’ll be shipped as soon as I receive them. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Roughs, Volume 75


Let’s check out some roughs from the past week.

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I was going to show you this one in the last post of roughs, but then I thought that I still might finish and publish it. I kinda sorta did. I took the four Trumps and put them all in a dumpster fire. More than one reader called the cartoon the “Four Trumplicans of the Apocalypse.” I like that.

CNNrough1058Puppet cartoons are kinda lame and cliché. And every cartoonist, at least liberal ones, have drawn their share of puppets over the past four years. Still, I kinda like this one. Yes, I have a typo in the cartoon. When I draw these, my brain is going faster than my hand can keep up with.

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I finished and published this cartoon yesterday. It had actually been sitting in myidea email. I even forgot it was in the email for at least a week. Why do I have cartoons ideas in an email? I have an unsent email written to myself with cartoon ideas. I also include links to stories so I don’t have to hunt them down again. It’s easier than opening a file. Eventually, there are so many ideas in the email that it gets bogged down and slow to open and scroll. I eventually delete it and start over as most of the ideas are never done and grow out of relevancy. I was wondering if this had passed, then I saw Mike Luckovich do the same subject last week and that told me it was still relevant. My readers let me know it was still relevant by giving it about 200 shares and a ton of comments. Thanks, guys.

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I’m not really crazy about the whole fat lady singing concept anymore. Cartoonists do it too often and I’m sure it’s been done recently. And while many won’t see it as offensive because it’s such an old cliché, I’m not really a fan of it because it’s still degrading. But I thought it would be a little funny if she was singing “Auld Lang Syne” specifically. Also, drawing Viking garb is fun. Why did horn helmets ever have to go out of style? Can we bring those back? And how about boob breastplates? Please?

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Republicans, encouraged by Trump, are really going to make a shit show of the electoral college count this Wednesday. Be careful where you step.

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I thought this was just OK. 

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This is the one I drew for CNN this week. It was my second favorite of the roughs submitted. You’re not going to see my fave in this blog as I’m saving it for tomorrow…or Tuesday. But this one started differently.

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It started like this…and then I thought, “This will be more fun if Trump is the fly.” Trump being a fly makes a lot of sense because his supports are MAGAts.

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I showed these roughs to my padwan (that’s what I call her) and she said, “Please, please, please, do this cartoon.” I wasn’t sure about it but it does make me laugh.

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This is probably the crappiest of the bunch. I don’t like it.

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I took this concept and used it for a cartoon with Josh Hawley. Because editors tend to be afraid of everything, it won’t get any reprints. But the boring Pence 2024 idea above would have gotten a zillion.

OK, kids. 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 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 an order of 20 copies of my book (11 are left to purchase) on the way, which I’m selling for $45.00 each, signed. The books won’t arrive until after the new year, but orders are being taken and they’ll be shipped as soon as I receive them. 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 74


Maybe checking out a few roughs from the week before, and then some, will help you with your Christmas hangover. But it probably won’t.

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I drew this up the week before last but passed on it. Do you know who draws cartoons like this? Other cartoonists. I thought it was too generic and too safe. I mean, we can all agree 2020 sucked great big donkey balls.

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I took this idea and made it the cartoon for this week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. I threw a few ideas with the same concept at them.

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This was OK.

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My editor at CNN turned this one down and now that I’m looking at it again, I don’t get it either.

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This is playing on the book I did last year. I’m tired of drawing dumpsters.

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I don’t think this one really hit what I was aiming for.

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I drew this one.

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And I drew this one. I really liked the way the caricature just worked out. And I didn’t even reference it by looking at photos or previous drawings I made of him. I even started over for the official cartoon. It’s funny his caricature falls into place for me while I’ll spend all day on a Putin or Hillary Clinton caricature. I’m still working on my Biden.

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And this one. I had fun drawing the Grinch and his dog. Two points to the first person to comment with the dog’s name.

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I liked this and even made myself laugh with it, but I was afraid it’d come off like I was against Biden having a diverse cabinet…so I nixed it. I do regret having to pass on the opportunity to draw an igloo but I am glad I didn’t have to offend any Eskimos and make them blubber. HA!

Do you have a favorite among these? Let me know in the comments or on social media.

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 an order of 20 copies of my book (13 are left to purchase) on the way, which I’m selling for $45.00 each, signed. The books won’t arrive until after the new year, but orders are being taken and they’ll be shipped as soon as I receive them. 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 (me) and feel good about yourself, 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 71


Hey, kids. I didn’t give you any roughs last week because there weren’t very many and I hadn’t made up my mind yet which ones to use. So, I’ve included that batch with this week’s. We have a few.

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This is the only idea I drew out last week that I didn’t use…and I still like it.

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I used this one yesterday. I love drawing a brain in a jar…especially if it’s being held up by someone without a brain. Also, Mi lección de español está dando sus frutos.

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This was my first shot at it.

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I was reaching really hard when I drew this one up.

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I used this one for this week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. Honestly, I used the same idea in 2015 or 2016 in a cartoon searching for a moderator for the GOP debates. I go back every now and then and update something. I’ve seen other cartoonists do it too. Don’t believe? Google any cartoonist’s name and “Titanic.” One cartoonist copies and pastes his last drawings, especially caricatures.

I don’t go back and use an old idea very often but I did it twice this week and the first time, someone accused me of stealing it and not from myself. See? I try to write really weird ideas, and then someone uses my weird idea and later when I update it, accuses me of stealing it from him. Sheesh! Did you know John Fogerty was once sued for plagiarizing a song…from himself?

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On Friday while still recovering from the coronavirus, I was hoping I wouldn’t have to draw that many roughs before my editor picked one. Nope. I spent all day at the drawing table.

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This one sucked so much, I didn’t bother putting anything on the TV.

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This was a stretch too. I used Alice in Wonderland for a cartoon a few months ago (I drew the Cheshire Cat) and I’m not ready to use it again…even with the rabbit hole.

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Hee Hee.

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This one sucked so much, I didn’t bother drawing the supporter players’ faces.

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This was just the concept without much effort being put into the headlines. I didn’t really have the energy to go to town with crazy headlines. I’ll probably use the concept in the future.

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This was OK.

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I didn’t stick the landing in this one.

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I may return to this one unless someone beats me to it, which is very possible.

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This was for CNN last week and I really like it. I was very happy with it except…I left out Stephen Miller. How could I leave out creepy Stephen Baby Goebbels Miller? I can’t sleep at nights.

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I really liked this one too because everyone loves a good bucket joke. I just like saying “bucket.”

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So this is the one I did at the start of the week which is a concept I used in 2017. It sounds like I do this a lot but I really don’t. And, it’s the one that brought the accusation of plagiarism. The person who made the accusation apologized publicly and privately the next day and I’m letting it go…but I’m not forgetting.

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I liked the witch doctor more than I liked the idea. I’m going to have to bring him back at some point.

So, which of these roughs did you like the best?

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Roughs, Volume 70


What kind of roughs came out of a week with a presidential election? Well, you already saw the live blog which was pretty rough, but here are a few more.

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I was assigned the task of drawing a cartoon contrasting Donald Trump with Joe Biden. This was my first shot.

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This was the second.

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This was the third.

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This was the fourth and I drew it for my newspaper clients.

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This is one I also liked very much and might actually be the most fitting for this historic occasion. I drew it for my newspapers.

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I loved this idea. I drew it the day after the election while I was still in Washington, and then I had to sit on it for several days waiting for it to run on Sunday because CNN selected it. Yes, I drew two cartoons for this week’s CNN Opinion newsletter.

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I could have thrown in a few more dictators. Trump loves dictators.

What are your favorites?

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Roughs, Volume 69


Let’s post a few roughs during the calm before the storm. This is volume 69. Get your mind out of the gutter, you Beavises.

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The very last rough I drew this week was the cartoon CNN selected. I love the response I received from readers for it.

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I was kinda struggling when I drew this one.

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I’m not sure where I was going with this one but I was digging it.

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I messed up here. The sign was supposed to say “2024,” NOT “2020.” It was getting late in the day.

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A Few Trumpy Covid Roughs


I have drawn seven ideas on Donald Trump acquiring the Trump Virus. I published one early this morning. I’m going to save another for this weekend (I may change my mind), and I’m drawing one for CNN. That leave four I can share with you now.

Check ’em out, Babies.

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This is how a rough works sometimes. I just give the idea of what I want. If I was to draw this cartoon, there would be more Trump quotes downplaying the virus.

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This was the first idea I had. I had around 1:00 A.M. I knew I could do better. But ya’ know what? I wouldn’t be surprised if another cartoonist does this cartoon.

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I’ve seen a few conservative whakamolies say Democrats are rejoicing over this and how heartless they are. True. A few are…but keep in mind, these same conservatives were laughing at the people Kyle Rittenhouse shot and said they “had it coming.” But if anyone should be laughing at Trump, it’s the scientists. Donald Trump said, “Science doesn’t know what’s going on.” Science knows Donald Trump has the coronavirus.

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I am a Jaws fan. A huge Jaws fan actually. And if there’s one thing I can’t figure out is why the mayor was still mayor in Jaws 2.

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Of course I wasn’t going to do this, especially with the F word. But sometimes, I like to fuck with my editors.

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New Book: Tales From the Trumpster Fire

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Roughing It, Volume 64


Can you believe there’s been 64 of these things? I’ve been drawing roughs my entire career. It’s just now that I’ve decided to blog most of them. Once, back when I drew all these on copy paper, I got tired of them building up in my office at The Free Lance-Star, and threw away about a decade of old drawings.

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There are some really cool details about how this came about to become the cartoon for CNN Opinion’s newsletter last Sunday. I can’t give you all the deets but I will tell you that the concept wasn’t my idea.

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I created a few on the Alice in Wonderland theme and we almost went with different one, but we came back to this. I thought it was OK until I really got into the drawing…and then I loved doing it. I thought it turned into something that might be kinda brilliant by accident. I didn’t even know if that Trump/Cat thing would work out.

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This was my favorite from last week…maybe. I don’t know. But, it’s weird, strange, and something no one else would be weird enough to think of. That’s why I like these kind of ideas.

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I followed it the next day with another cartoon that was multiple panels with a lot of words. I gotta say, lettering this much is brutal.

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This is weird too but it wasn’t as popular on social media as the other two really weird ones from last week. But it still did well.

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And then I added to it.

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This was me trying to get a handle on the Alice concept. I was struggling.

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This was my first stab.

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I liked this one but damn. I’ve been drawing a lot of Trump in graveyards lately.

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This was me working my way to the right idea. This wasn’t summing it up well enough.

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I was still working my way toward it.

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This sucks.

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I kinda liked this one. Ya’ see, it’s Woodward and Deep Throat in a 2020 parking garage and…never mind.

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This was just OK.

Which are your faves?

Tip Jar: This pandemic is hitting everyone, including your favorite goofy cartoonist. I have lost clients and I’m afraid I might lose more. The PayPal button has always been included here for those who can and want to voluntarily support what I do. I understand this time is hard on everyone. If you can’t, don’t contribute. Take care of yourself and your family first. But, all and any help is greatly appreciated and it helps keep me going. Think of me like a street performer busking out tunes on a corner (I won’t play “Wonderwall.” I promise). If you like the tune, or in this case, toon, throw a buck into the tip jar. It’ll help me play another song, draw another toon, write another blog, make another video, and post another snarky post on social media. It’ll help keep me alive. You can also order a signed print for $40. And if you don’t like the PayPal option, you can snail mail it to my P.O. Box.

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

New Book: Tales From the Trumpster Fire

Watch me draw.

Roughing It, Volume 62


Here are a few roughs from the previous week.

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

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I originally had the number at 2 million, but they changed late last Friday night. I figured they might change again so I took out the specific total. Still, Biden beat Trump when to Trump, ratings are so important…except when they’re not. Oh yeah, Trump has called these ratings “fake news.” If Trump can’t accept ratings results, how is he going to accept the election results if he loses?

See…because Trump lies. Get it? Never mind.

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All around them is supposed to be a nation being destroyed while their convention is being presented from a bubble. I took a few shots at this.

I really liked this one but I was also afraid of it. Why? Because drawing it would have been extremely hard. Looking back at it though, maybe I should have gone for it.

Eh. I was not in love with this one. But still, that platform. Seriously?

This is mocking Ivanka’s speech about her daddy and really…why did the Republican convention feel we needed to hear from so many Trumps? We got Ivanka, Jr, Eric, Tiffany, Melania, Big orange cheesehead himself, one Trump wife, one Trump girlfriend, and…did I leave anyone out? And during Trump’s speech, he only mentioned one of his kids by name. I’ll let you guess which one that was. Anyway, I really like this grim reaper dude and I’m gonna reference this drawing in the future.

I like this one.

There is one more but I may draw it as an official cartoon, so you can’t see it yet.

What are your faves from this batch?

Tip Jar: This pandemic is hitting everyone, including your favorite goofy cartoonist. I have lost clients and I’m afraid I might lose more. The PayPal button has always been included here for those who can and want to voluntarily support what I do. I understand this time is hard on everyone. If you can’t, don’t contribute. Take care of yourself and your family first. But, all and any help is greatly appreciated and it helps keep me going. Think of me like a street performer busking out tunes on a corner (I won’t play “Wonderwall.” I promise). If you like the tune, or in this case, toon, throw a buck into the tip jar. It’ll help me play another song, draw another toon, write another blog, make another video, and post another snarky post on social media. It’ll help keep me alive. You can also order a signed print for $40. And if you don’t like the PayPal option, you can snail mail it to my P.O. Box.

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

New Book: Tales From the Trumpster Fire

Watch me draw.

Roughing It, Volume 61


Let’s check out some roughs, Kids. And I drew a bunch of them.

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This was the idea CNN selected for last week’s newsletter.

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I liked the way it turned out and I had a lot of fun with putting stuff on the signs. The only thing I missed with this was drawing these signs sticking up from a large crowd of people. As it turned out, he didn’t have signs during his speech but he did have people.

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I really liked this one and it turned into its own cartoon.

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And it really pissed off Trump supporters. Hee Hee!

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I had to draw Steve Bannon.

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I can dream, can’t I?

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I liked this one but it wasn’t really good enough.

 

The Angel of Death show up in a couple of roughs here. I kinda liked this one too, probably because I used “Debbie Downer.”

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Those stupid QAnon creeps.

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The Q dumpster was better.

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See, the idea here is…the Democrats went virtual in order to social distance. The Republicans didn’t. And, they didn’t. But, this cartoon stinks because I had to explain to you.

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I almost drew this cartoon. I liked it.

 

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I almost drew this one too except there was one problem with it. No caricature of Steve Bannon. I HAD to draw Steve Bannon.

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He is a creeper.

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For this one to work, the reader has to know Steve Bannon wears a lot of shirts. Doesn’t shower or shave much, but he wears a lot of shirts.

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See? Because everyone Donald Trump associates with is a bad guy. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I wanna so do that on the cartoons of conservative cartoonists.

 

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This was OK.

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This was my first version of the convention and signs thing. I like the image of this one better but the point in the published one was stronger.

What are your faves?