Roughs

Roughing It, Volume 38


Hey, kids. It’s time to check out some more roughs. It was another light week with only about a dozen or so to check out. For me, that’s a light week.

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This is the idea CNN picked for the Sunday newsletter last week.

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And it turned into this. A lot of people told me they found Waldo. What most of them don’t know is that this was an easy Waldo to find as he’s been in a LOT of crowd scenes in my cartoons. Usually, I don’t hear from anyone that they found Waldo or eve knew he was there. But hey, if you found Waldo in this one, go ahead and give yourself a cookie…after you wash your hands.

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This is the only other rough in this set that turned into a full-grown cartoon.

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I almost didn’t draw this one, but I was talking to an ex-girlfriend and she said I had to. Hmmph. But, I’m glad I did as it was very popular.

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You gotta be geeky to get this one. One of my editors is not a geek.

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I drew this when I was trying to figure out what to do on the subject. I knew this wasn’t the idea but sometimes, I draw something to stimulate my brain. It works occasionally.

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They’re still running those creepy bear commercials who get way too excited about wiping their butts.

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I find it very easy to criticize a liar who fails to listen and fumbles handling an international crisis.

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I didn’t like this one much.

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No, but according to reports, his signature may still be on it.

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I came back to this concept with yesterday’s cartoon.

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I almost drew this one. Now, it’s kinda pointless since all the primaries have been postponed.

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If Trump said it, his supporters would do it.

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I thought about doing this one, then all the bars were closed…at least here in Virginia.

Which ones are your favorites?

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Roughing It, Volume 37


I didn’t draw as many roughs last week as usual. But out of the small number, five of them became fully-grown cartoons. Let’s check them out.

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This was not my favorite cartoon from this collection, but it was my favorite for the CNN Opinion newsletter. My editor, Rich, wrote a brilliant and wonderful column and I felt my cartoon was a great compliment to it. Political cartooning is a solo artform. I want it to remain that way. The few hands involved, the better. But sometimes, I really like being part of a team and producing something together that brings it home.

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I wonder what it’s like for my editor to see the rough and not knowing how it’s going to turn out. Full credit to each of them, they seem to trust me because they have picked some cartoons from some really crappy drawings. That’s the case here. Terrible drawing for the rough, as most of them are, but I’m quite pleased with the final product.

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the outside press briefing by Trump and his team of sycophants was unique in the amount of ass-kissing from his sycophants, most especially, Mike Pence. I had to draw on it.

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But I’m not entirely pleased with how it turned out.

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I had a brains idea two weeks ago. I posted the rough for it here. I was tempted to…resurrect…that idea but then decided to make it simpler and more specific to the story that Trump and Pence have been mingling with infected fuckers. No brains!

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I felt some pressure for this one as Laura, one of my proofreaders, said she loved the zombie in the rough. So when I was drawing this one, I really focused on Mr. Zombie. He needed to look fun.

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I drew this last Friday and put it off for the reaper and brains cartoons. I was finally able to hit it a few days later. I wasn’t worried about it being ruined by the stock market rebounding. Do you know why? Because Donald Trump won’t shut up.

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There’s some Looney Tunes inspiration in this one. It’s the cigarette. There’s an old Bugs Bunny cartoon where he fights a wrestler, and at one point…or two, one of them is knocked out of the ring and all the way up to the cheap seats. You have to watch it a trillion times to notice that as people dodge the wrestlers, that a cigarette is flying in the air. It’s kinda the same way with the witch and her hairpins that are left flying every time she takes off on her broom. I like the way this cartoon turned out.

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I liked this one and I had the idea in my head for a couple days before I even drew the rough. Then, the TP crisis got thicker and thankfully, this wasn’t…wiped…from my memory yet. When I finally drew the cartoon, I was thinking it would be a good break from drawing Donald Trump which some of my clients would appreciate. A lot of them have run this cartoon. Funny thing is, there were a lot of other TP cartoons published the same day. I should have drawn it a couple days before.

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I don’t think I can draw people in an alley without including a cat in a garbage can. Also, it was a good week for drawing skylines.

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Now for the ideas that didn’t grow up. I thought this was amusing because Donald Trump actually asked his people, “why can’t we get more people from Norway?” In case you don’t know, Norway is a white country. It’s also a very happy country as very few people want to leave Norway to live in the U.S. I know. Shocking. But I found it ironic that instead of banning Muslims and other dark-skinned people from “shithole countries,” we’ve now banned people from Norway. By the way, “Faen Ta Deg” is nasty.

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This was before Donald Trump supposedly took a test.

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How bad is it that the NHL said it was a national emergency before Donald Trump? It’s like his ban on flights from China…after all the major airlines had decided to stop them voluntarily. That’s true. Look it up.

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I didn’t like the idea. It sucks. But I thought this would be a lot of fun to draw.

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I almost drew this one. I had every intention of it actually. One of the cartoons above, I don’t remember which, put it back on the shelf…where it stayed.

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I had every intention of drawing this one too.

Which cartoons are your faves? Which ones should have I finished?

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Roughing It, Volume 35


I drew a ton of roughs last week. By “ton,” I mean over 20. Let’s check them out and see which ones are good, OK, and the suck.

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This is the idea I created for CNN Opinion.

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And it turned into this. I really enjoyed drawing this scene. I think it worked really with the newsletter.

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I thought this was between OK and good.

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Another in between.

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I liked this one so much, I finished drawing it.

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I think it’s safe to say this one is the suck. And, timely…as in out of time now.

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I kinda like this one. What was up with that pink tie? Plus, it has snakes.

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Not super funny, but I think it’s a good point. Maybe I should go back and draw it.

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More snakes. I like the other Pence/snake toon better. I actually love snakes. Republicans, not so much. I always feel a little guilt when I make the comparison. But, it’s worth it if I can express what a religious fundamentalist lunatic that’s Mike Pence.

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This might be a good idea. No, not the cartoon. Sticking all of Trump’s supporters on a boat.

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This is one that’s just OK.

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This cartoon sucks.

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This one sucks too. I made a Corona/Tecate joke on Twitter when I first heard of the coronavirus. Now, everyone else is just catching up.

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I couldn’t get this one to work.

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I really wanted to get Skittles Pox into a cartoon. I did about a week later. I like my Uncle Sam in this rough. I usually don’t like drawing that character.

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See? Still not the cartoon I eventually drew with Skittles Pox.

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I don’t like this one. This looks like the kind of cartoon that other cartoonists would settle for. ha.

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Hee. Hee.

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Yeah, not very good.

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I wasn’t in love with this one either. I thought CNN might take it but now I’m really glad they didn’t.

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I thought this was OK.

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I actually like this one. It may be too subtle. I might use the concept in a future cartoon. Here’s some free health advice: Don’t let Donald Trump put his hands on you…or inside you.

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I planned to draw this one and I never did. I still may go back to it. I love zombies, especially when they say “BRAINS!!!!”

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This was probably my favorite from last week. I really liked it and now I think the window has passed. Maybe not.

I wanna know which cartoons are your faves. Leave a comment here or on Facebook. You can also tweet it at me.

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Roughing It, Volume 34


Check out some roughs from the past week.

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We went with this for the CNN toon.

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This isn’t a different idea but it’s a different way of doing it. I don’t think either is better than the other, but it was an option.

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I finished this one later. I liked it too much. It’s not often I get to do a slutty slot Bloomberg cartoon.

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I was trying to find a way to do this with a pissed-off horse, but I never found it…unless this is it.

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This was after the first debate with Bloomberg where Elizabeth Warren totally destroyed him. I had made a comment online that they lowered the bar for Bloomberg to get into the debate, and Warren took that bar and beat his ass with it.

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You can probably tell from the lettering that I was totally intending to do this cartoon. I even had approval from my proofreaders, Laura and Hilary. I started it during the day and later the next morning around 4:00 am, I got another idea I liked better and did that instead. I thought I might come back to this but I never did. And despite the way it looks, I actually worked on it for at least three hours. I’m counting the writing and thinking of it part, not the actual art. I do remember Laura telling me I made the right call. I think I pushed it for the Mike Pence Corona Gay Conversion cartoon.

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I liked this but I was concerned people wouldn’t remember Ren and Stimpy. It’s been over 20 years since the show ended.

See how productive I’ve been today? I still have to invoice all my clients, but I posted my CNN cartoon, drew and posted another cartoon (the Democratic Hoax one), wrote a column about my friend Bob, I went to the post office and grocery store, I went out for 20 minutes for a beer with a friend, and with that Ren and Stimpy fact, I made you feel old. That’s a productive Sunday and I need a nap.

Which of these roughs are your faves?

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Roughing It, Volume 33


Yay! It’s time to check out a few more rough drawings. I didn’t draw as many last week as usual. I’m OK with that.

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This is the rough for the idea CNN selected.

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Which turned into this. I have to confess. It wasn’t my idea to throw Rudy in the cartoon but I think it worked out pretty well. It got a lot of comments.

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This one turned into a completed cartoon which is was published at GoComics today…and the day after the Nevada caucus so it’s really confused everyone over there. They think I drew it yesterday. I did like the way the Buttigieg caricature turned out.

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This cartoon is not very good. But if Bloomberg does become the nominee, I bet someone draws it. Note: I don’t expect Bloomberg to be the nominee.

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This one I like, but you’d have to know about Trump’s discrimination on immigrant travel and New York City.

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This is true. Not a very funny cartoon though.

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Later, I found a much better way of doing this concept.

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Who doesn’t enjoy a good flying monkey cartoon? The idea here is that they’re all Rudys. I might come back and do this idea/concept depending on what else plays out. Multiple flying Rudy monkeys are almost too good to let go. Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees!!!

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Sometimes, you need a little color to get the idea across in the rough. Drawing stuff like this is one great advantage of drawing digitally.

I want to hear from you. Which of these are your faves? It’s the flying Rudy monkeys, isn’t it?

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Roughing It, Volume 32


I’m posting this on a train. Whee, trains!

I drew this batch of roughs the week before last, which feels like a year ago. Time in politics and news has a different measurement than reality.

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This is the rough for the cartoon I eventually drew for CNN. It turned into…

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…this. I like drawing Romney.

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This was before I drew the many heads on a pike cartoon which I think turned out better.

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This was the first rough I sketched out last week. I intended to do it for my clients but then I got bogged down in other stuff. I even forgot to draw the guy in the second panel as Bernie Sanders. So anyway, that round head thing in the second panel was supposed to be Bernie Sanders.

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I think this might be the plan.

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Pretty much. I was afraid this was too obvious.

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I like this format and I’ve only used it a couple times in my career. Funny thing, I never saw anyone else use it either until I used it once. Then it popped up here and there. Fuckers.

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This is the one that turned into a finished cartoon which I liked a lot. But first, I threw it at an editor. He said it was kinda dark. Because I like to screw with people, I touched it up.

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In my reply, I asked, “better?” He didn’t answer.

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I heard this from Trump supporters. What was hateful and divisive about Trump’s SOTU? This is why I feel it’s OK to make fun of Trump supporters. I totally meant to draw this cartoon but again, other shit kept getting in the way. Now its time has passed and I drew another cartoon on Rush Limbaugh a couple days ago.

Which rough or roughs do you think I should have finished and published?

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Roughing It, Volume 31


Kids! It’s time for another walk through my butcher shop and see how the meat’s made. Be careful as it can get nasty. Watch where you step.

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I sent this idea to CNN and my editor really liked it. My editor’s only question was, “where are those two guys on the lower right?” It was a good question. I moved them, added a golf club and a cheeseburger, made the city Washington, and it came out like…

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…this.

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I told you to watch where you step. This was actually much nastier in my head. Who am I kidding? All my ideas are nastier in my head. Right now, Donald Trump and John Bolton are making out in there. Now it’s in your head too. Hope you weren’t eating.

CNNrough569I actually drew this rough months ago, and it was overtaken by other aspects of the impeachment issues. Then it came back to me and I roughed it out again because I didn’t feel like scrolling through all my files. There are nearly 600 roughs in that folder. But it turned out like…

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…this. Both versions had golf clubs and cheeseburgers.

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This one didn’t turn into anything.

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Damn Jay Sekulow.

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I drew this before that clusterfuck of a State of the Union.

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If you’ve been to this website before, you know I like the word “goon.” It’s so accurate.

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I kinda like this one.

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I roughed this out several times and intended to make a cartoon out of it. But it was so hard that I gave up. I figured it wasn’t good enough to put that much work into it. Then, someone else did something very close.

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And then, I saw this turn into a Facebook meme. Goddammit!

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I didn’t do this one because I thought there’s been enough Nixon lately.

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This is the argument.

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This one’s turning true.

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I was going to put all their conspiracy theories and various bullshit stances on their shirts, and I forgot. Don Lemon explained he was making fun of Trump and not his supporters. For the record, yes. I’m making fun of all you Trump supporters. I think you’re all a bunch of lying, treasonous, traitorous, racist, sexist, stupid, conspiracy-loving, cult-worshipping deplorable assholes.

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I told you to watch where you step because it was going to get nasty. I hope you weren’t eating.

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