Roughs

Roughing It, Volume 28


This is last Sunday’s cartoon for the CNN Opinion newsletter. It went from this…

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…to this.

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Here are a few ideas I created as I stumbled on my way to meet another deadline. Welcome to another edition of Clay’s Butcher Shop. It’s gonna get disgusting.

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Sometimes when I look back on an idea like this, I think to myself, “It’s surprising I ever get to a decent enough idea.”

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As you can see, there’s a theme here.

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I figured since we’re blaming Meghan for everything anyway.

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He said this.

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I’m skeptical of all of them. By the way, are we still talking about Iran?

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After a week, I come back to this and I’m all, “I don’t remember drawing this.”

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I was working on including a Cats! joke for two weeks before I finally got it in a cartoon.

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If you don’t get the point of this cartoon, how long have you been a Republican?

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Back to that theme. But with Republicans and Trump supporters, that theme is always hypocrisy.

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I liked this one.

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Again with the Cats!

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I started this one night then canned it for…

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…THIS! I don’t remember what. Maybe something on Cats!

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Roughing It, Volume 27


Can you believe it’s only been a little over a week since the entire Iran thing happened? Yeah, look it up. It was last Thursday that Soleimani was assassinated on Donald Trump’s orders. Since that happened last Thursday night, that canceled out everything I roughed out on Thursday. The main issue I was focusing on where the emails concerning Ukraine which had just come out. I bet you’ve already forgotten that.

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I actually roughed this out early Thursday. Fortunately, there have yet to be any hits on Taco Bell.

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I loved this idea for about five minutes.

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I think all these gun nuts who advocate the good-guy-with-a-gun platform secretly fantasize about being that good guy which is kinda sick when you think about. They’re dreaming of another mass shooting for them to be the hero. Personally, I think 99.99% of them would shit their pants on the way to blowing their own foot off. Other than that, this cartoon wasn’t very good.

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Boring.

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I thought I could have a lot of fun with this concept.

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Just trying the same concept in a different way.

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This cartoon was the leading candidate on Thursday night.

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I like this one.

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I liked this one too but it’s kinda obvious.

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No?

Which cartoons are your favorites?

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You can help me continue to create cartoons, blogs, and videos by making a contribution. All support, large and small, is greatly appreciated. You can also support me by purchasing a signed print (8 1/2×11) for $40, or a signed poster (18×24) for $100 by clicking the PayPal button (just include a note if you’re purchasing a print). If you want to support but don’t want to use PayPal, you can send a contribution through the mail (address is on the contact page. Again, include a note for a print). I don’t plan on going anywhere and your support will help guarantee that. Whether you support, can’t. or just choose not to, please know that I am truly thankful that you visit my site and read my work.

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Roughing It, Volume 26


It’s been about two weeks since I posted any roughs. I’m not going to post every idea I sloppily sketched out since then, but I’ll post the more significant ones today.

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I don’t draw a lot of holiday-themed cartoons. I didn’t go with this one either.

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Here’s a good example of how not everything works. When I was looking back at it two minutes ago, I was thinking, “What the hell is that?” Then I remembered, it’s like one of those prank-can-of-snakes. Yeah. Didn’t really work here. Sorry.

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The guy who played Big Bird died. I liked this idea but instead, went with a cartoon on the Trump dingalings waiting to shoot Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer.

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Meh.

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I drew this a week before I did an ugly-sweater-impeachment cartoon.

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I like drawing Boris.

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I didn’t really worry about drawing the caricatures well here. The “cool kids” thing with the foreign leaders was a bit outdated when I drew this.

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This isn’t sharp enough but like the point.

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I finished this one and about a week later, another cartoonist stole the idea. Someone wrote on my Facebook post that I should have had Trump’s head coming out the other end. That cartoonist must be reading my post because that’s exactly what he did with his version.

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I almost drew this one then thought of something I liked a little bit better. I put it next to the other idea and took a poll with my two proofreaders and a girl I was living with at the time. The other cartoon won.

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This was that other idea. Did I make the right call?

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I liked this one.

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The Trumps are supposed to represent his judicial appointments. Another idea that worked a lot better in my head than it did on paper.

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I love this one and I didn’t finish it.

You may think several of these consists of major suckage, but I left a LOT out. Which ones are your favorites? Which ones should have been completed?

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You can help me continue to create cartoons, blogs, and videos by making a contribution. All support, large and small, is greatly appreciated. You can also support me by purchasing a signed print (8 1/2×11) for $40, or a signed poster (18×24) for $100 by clicking the PayPal button (just include a note if you’re purchasing a print). If you want to support but don’t want to use PayPal, you can send a contribution through the mail (address is on the contact page. Again, include a note for a print). I don’t plan on going anywhere and your support will help guarantee that. Whether you support, can’t. or just choose not to, please know that I am truly thankful that you visit my site and read my work.

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Roughing It, Volume 25


 

Hey, kids. Here are several roughs I drew last week. Honestly, I think the majority of them fall flat. I need to become a better cartoonist.

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This cartoon is close to what I sent to CNN.

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This one is even closer.

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Here’s the first of the mehs.

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As you can see, I was going for a thing with Pelosi here. She’s a badass. Trump is not. She owns him.

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Yeah, no.

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I put a lot of shit on walls last week.

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See?

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At least here, I drew something slightly different.

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I thought this was too subtle. I was playing on an argument I state all the time. I don’t hate Donald Trump. I hate President Trump. Why would I hate Donald Trump? I wouldn’t like the guy but his actions wouldn’t affect me. I could stick to dislike with him. President Trump, however, never should be a thing.

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I think this would have been a great cartoon for a cartoonist who isn’t me. I know. Get over myself, right? That’s what my girlfriend says.

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Yeah, I can usually do better than this, but I like the point.

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I didn’t like this because it puts blame on someone for mentioning Barron’s name, which shouldn’t be a crime or an issue. I have the new rules.

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Probably true, but he fixed that.

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I finished this idea, with some adjustments, for my clients.

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I don’t know.

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I liked this one.

Which cartoons did you like? I really like the readers’ favorites.

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You can help me continue to create cartoons, blogs, and videos by making a contribution. All support, large and small, is greatly appreciated. You can also support me by purchasing a signed print (8 1/2×11) for $40, or a signed poster (18×24) for $100 by clicking the PayPal button (just include a note if you’re purchasing a print). If you want to support but don’t want to use PayPal, you can send a contribution through the mail (address is on the contact page. Again, include a note for a print). I don’t plan on going anywhere and your support will help guarantee that. Whether you support, can’t. or just choose not to, please know that I am truly thankful that you visit my site and read my work.

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Roughing It, Volume 24


I’m a few days late posting these, but check out a few roughs from Thanksgiving week. I drew most of these while in Washington, D.C. the day before Thanksgiving.

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I liked this one and I drew it for my newspapers. Did you see the E.T. commercial?

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I liked where this one was going but it didn’t get weird enough for me.

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The idea here is that he’s dressed as Elvis. But I had already done something similar kinda sorta recently.

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Second shot and I kinda liked this one.

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The third version. This one might work better.

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This was my favorite. The only problem was, I thought of it the day before the parade which meant if I was going to do it, then I had to go ahead and do it. I drew the finished version Thursday morning in a hotel room. This one did not take long to draw, but my girlfriend had breakfast without me.

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This was my first idea while in Washington. It’s a cartoon and subject I knew I wouldn’t draw, as the issue would fly over faster than the big gas blob over the White House. I can’t remember why I wanted to add color in the rough or if I drew this at Blue Bottle Coffee in Union Station or at Starbucks in my hotel.

Which cartoon

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Roughing It, Volume 23


Here are a few roughs from the past week. Leave a comment and tell me which ones you liked. I think I drew all of these in a Washington, DC hotel.

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I did something very similar to this for CNN.

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I drew this one for my clients but put a lot more into it.

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I drew this for my clients too.

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I couldn’t get this one to work.

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I kinda liked this one.

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This was just OK.

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I thought I’d submit at least one idea involving turkeys. I’m glad I didn’t finish this one. A lot of cartoonists ended up doing something similar.

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I liked the argument here.

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This didn’t work at all.

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I was going for something here and I didn’t find it.

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The only thing that killed this for me was that I already used Boris Badenov recently.

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You can help me continue to create cartoons, blogs, and videos by making a contribution. All support, large and small, is greatly appreciated. You can also support me by purchasing a signed print (8 1/2×11) for $40, or a signed poster (18×24) for $100 by clicking the PayPal button (just include a note if you’re purchasing a print). If you want to support but don’t want to use PayPal, you can send a contribution through the mail (address is on the contact page. Again, include a note for a print). I don’t plan on going anywhere and your support will help guarantee that. Whether you support, can’t. or just choose not to, please know that I am truly thankful that you visit my site and read my work.

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Roughing It, Volume 22


I only drew nine roughs last week.

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I gave this cartoon to CNN for their weekly opinion newsletter. I really liked the giant phone because it makes Trump appear more childish…if that’s possible.

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I drew this one for my newspaper clients. I’ve drawn the Nixon tattoo on Roger Stone’s back before. I have to admit, I really like doing it. Each time, someone asks me if it’s true he has that tattoo. Yes. He really does have that tattoo.

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I drew this for my newspapers. I changed it up some. Usually when I draw Boris Badenov and one of the Spy Vs. Spy spies, I feel guilty for being lazy and taking the easy way out. But I didn’t care this time. I liked it too much.

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I almost did a variation of this for my clients. I planned on making some changes, and I actually started working on it but changed direction into a different topic. I may bring it back.

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I don’t like this one at all.

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Meh. Maybe I should have put Boris Badenov and one of the Spy Vs. Spy guys.

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I don’t like this idea but I do think I should have made it around to doing a cartoon on Colin Kaepernick. This was the first idea I had after reading about his (at that time) upcoming workout. It’s not the angle I should use. I may still get around to it depending on how news unfolds this week.

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I got a couple Thanksgiving ideas in though I didn’t finish either of them.

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I did a cartoon very similar to this a few years ago. I didn’t really have any plans on doing this one unless it was requested by an editor. It wasn’t. Though, I bet a lot of my clients would like it.

Which cartoons were your favorites?

Support the cartoonist.

You can help me continue to create cartoons, blogs, and videos by making a contribution. All support, large and small, is greatly appreciated. You can also support me by purchasing a signed print (8 1/2×11) for $40, or a signed poster (18×24) for $100 by clicking the PayPal button (just include a note if you’re purchasing a print). If you want to support but don’t want to use PayPal, you can send a contribution through the mail (address is on the contact page. Again, include a note for a print). I don’t plan on going anywhere and your support will help guarantee that. Whether you support, can’t. or just choose not to, please know that I am truly thankful that you visit my site and read my work.

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

New Book: Tales From The Trumpster Fire

Watch me draw.