Ukraine

Putin Loses


There were two big losses for Russia this week. First, they lost the city of Kherson in Ukraine. Then, they didn’t get the Red Wave they were expecting from the Republican Party which was making some noise about ending military aid to Ukraine.

It was also a huge loss to Putin’s useful idiots here in the USA.

Music note: I listened to the B-52s and The Kinks.

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Putin is a Terrorist


Vladimir Putin claims that Ukraine striking a bridge is an act of terrorism, so he responded by firing missiles from drones into playgrounds.

After weeks of military setbacks for Russia with Ukraine retaking over 1,200 square miles since late September, the destruction of a bridge from Crimea into Russia came off as an exclamation point. The war hasn’t gone well for Russia since day one and the recent setbacks have even emboldened some Russians to publicly criticize Putin’s handling of his illegal war.

Russia claims the attack on the bridge was committed by Ukraine and aided by other nations. Russia also claims investigators have established that the truck which they say blew up travelled through Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, North Ossetia and Krasnodar Territory.

Vladimir Putin said, “There is no doubt, this is an act of terrorism aimed at destroying Russia’s critical civilian infrastructure.” There is no doubt, Putin is a war criminal.

Crimea doesn’t belong to Russia. This bridge, which has partially reopened since the explosion, was built in 2018, four years after Russia stole Crimea from Ukraine. It’s a 12-mile bridge and the longest in Europe. It’s been vital to Russia as it’s been used to move military equipment, ammunition, and personnel from Russia to battlefields in southern Ukraine.

If Ukraine is responsible for the explosion, it would make sense. They are in a war and the bridge is being used to bring in supplies to kill the people of Ukraine. It would be justified as a military target. Besides, after you kick Russia out, why give them a bridge to come back in?

Russia started an illegal war based on lies and they’re getting mad when Ukraine fights back. Since the start of the war, Putin has bombed schools, playgrounds, hospitals, apartments, and vast amounts of Ukraine’s infrastructure. And he now says that a bombed bridge is an act of terrorism?

Putin is as big of a gaslighting liar as the Republicans in the United States who support him. I recently saw one post from a MAGAt who suggested that Ukraine attempt to end the war by proposing Russia keep all the territory it’s stolen and has conducted sham referendums from the areas’ citizens. Today’s Republicans would have suggested ending World War II by letting Hitler keep Poland and France.

An adviser to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said, “there is “only one terrorist state here and the whole world knows who it is.” Well, Republicans don’t.

Russia fired missiles into 11 Ukrainian cities, killing 14 and injuring 89. The strikes, used with some drones from Iran, didn’t seem to have any strategic purpose other than inflict revenge. Putin’s bombings are failing to demoralize the people of Ukraine, much in the same way Hitler’s blitz of England failed to demoralize the British. If nothing else, Putin is making his chosen enemies fiercer with more determination to drive his failing army out of their country. It’s also made Ukraine’s allies more determined to supply them with weapons to defeat Putin. President Biden is promising to send more air defense systems to Ukraine.

These missile strikes don’t retake territory for Russia and soon, most will fail to make any impact.

Putin’s latest missile strikes is desperate from someone who started an illegal war, doesn’t know how to operate a military, and is just trying to save face.

Putin is a terrorist and a war criminal. One of the targets was a playground. How is bombing a bridge an act of terrorism but hitting a site where children play not? I want to hear some Republicans defend this.

The people of Russia need to do the right thing and depose Vladimir Putin. Then, Putin needs to be brought up on war crimes. He is a war criminal. Putin should be tried for war crimes against Ukraine…and the trial should be held in Kyiv.

Creative note: This was drawn back at my own drawing table in my own apartment while drinking my own coffee. It’s nice. I’ll be drawing cartoons in another hotel room tomorrow. Ugh.

Music note: I listened to the Shins and Splender.

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Roughs, Volume 156


It’s time for roughs. All of these were drawn last Friday, September 23, except for the first one. It was drawn the day before. All of these are on Russia, Putin, and Ukraine, except for the first one.

I liked this cartoon and the only reason I didn’t do it is that I had already drawn two others on the subject.

I did something similar to this at the start of the war, and I forgot about it when I roughed this idea out. Later in the week, I stumbled upon the other one I had already drawn. A lot of cartoonists do this, forget they had already drawn an idea.

I wasn’t too crazy about this one and I did an image search after I drew it for “political cartoons,” “Russia,” “Putin,” and “meat grinder,” to see if it had already been done. It had. A lot.

I dug this one and turned it into a real cartoon.

I did not like this one.

I didn’t like this one at all. It’s boring to me, but I started throwing ideas against the wall to see what sticks.

I wasn’t crazy about this one.

I did three on Russians fleeing their country to avoid Putin’s draft. They’re all similar and I was trying to find the best way to implement the concept. I felt I had something but wasn’t sticking the landing.

This was OK but I still kinda dug it.

I really liked this one but chose the Putin Youth cartoon over it.

See? Another version of the fleeing Russian draft dodgers. I don’t blame them.

This is the one we went with for last week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. I really liked it.

So which ones are your faves?

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Putin Play


Here’s your cartoon for this week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday

I already wrote a blog on this subject, so if you want another, I suggest your click the link above to my editor’s column in the newsletter.

But in case you’re wondering, yes. When I draw a cartoon like this, I stare at my canvas wondering what other classic toys I can/should add. It starts with Mr. Potato Head, Gumby, and Slinky Dog but after that, I start struggling. I don’t know how the rest comes to me. It just does. There is a lot of googling for images after I’ve decided on one. I have a lot of windows open when drawing a cartoon like this. I have to keep the window for each toy open until after it’s colored.

I did a cartoon similar to this about five years ago but I didn’t want to repeat myself, so most of the toys are different except for the first three I mentioned. This was fun to draw and when I sent it to my editor, I had my fingers crossed he’d pick it.

When he called me, he referred to this one as the Mr. Potato Head idea because there wasn’t a lot of other stuff in the rough. He said let’s go with this one, but that he also liked another. I was like, “no, no, no….Mr. Potato Head. We gotta do Mr. Potato Head. Please!!!!!” I’m glad we did.

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Milk and Cookies for the PutinBunker


A reader sent me a cartoon idea this morning and it wasn’t bad. Thomas, a nice guy it seems, suggested I draw a cartoon of Edward Snowden being drafted by the Russian military now that President Vladimir Putin has granted him Russian citizenship. Not bad, Thomas. Of course, I’m not going to draw Thomas’ idea because I don’t use ideas that are not my own and…I predict at least two other cartoonists will draw it. In fact, my friend Quannah commented on this cartoon on Facebook predicting Snowden will be drafted.

Thomas was thinking like a political cartoonist, seeing Putin’s desperation as he’s losing the illegal war he started in Ukraine. Putin lied to justify his war but even if Nazis were running wild in Ukraine, that wouldn’t justify bombing schools and hospitals. It also doesn’t justify the sham vote occurring in Russian-occupied territories to become a part of Russia. I’m sure after all the results come in showing they do want to leave Ukraine and join Russia, Donald Trump will call and congratulate them.

Putin is desperate and has ordered a draft he claims is only a “partial mobilization.” In a national address, he said, “We are talking about partial mobilization. In other words, only military reservists, primarily those who served in the armed forces and have specific military occupational specialties and corresponding experience, will be called up.” Unfortunately for Russians, that’s a lie. Putin is a liar.

Russians are fleeing the nation to avoid the draft. They’re crossing borders into Finland, Georgia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, and flying to Turkey.

One young man who has been drafted is fleeing Russia despite the fact his wife will give birth next week. He said, “I will miss the most important day of my life. But I am simply not letting Putin turn me into a killer in a war that I want no part in.”

One group that helps Russians leave the nation so they won’t have to fight Putin’s war estimates that over 70,000 men have used their service to leave Russia with many purchasing one-way tickets. Returning to Russia may land them in prison…or dead in Ukraine.

Russians are against this war and the “partial” mobilization. One young man shot a recruitment officer today at a military enlistment station in Russia’s Irkutsk region. He was distraught because his best friend has been drafted to fight in Putin’s war despite having zero military experience. See? Putin is a liar. The recruitment officer survived.

With so many Russians against this war against a nation they don’t hate, how can they stop it? The only way may be by removing Putin from office. That will not happen politically. Russian politicians lack the intestinal fortitude to confront Putin. They’re unwilling to speak against him let alone attempt to remove him. Putin’s critics have bad habits of tripping out of windows and accidentally drinking poison.

The only way Putin will be removed will be by a military coup. The more territory Russia loses to Ukraine, the more the military destabilizes, and the more Russian soldiers die fighting Putin’s war, the more the military will want to get rid of Putin.

Putin, like Hitler before him who also wasn’t a military genius, may find himself in a bunker.

As Soviet troops entered a destroyed Berlin in 1945, Hitler hid in his Führerbunker and eventually killed himself. I don’t see that happening with Putin but I do believe the military will remove him.

Let’s just hope that Putin is removed before he gets to the point of drafting children to protect him, which Hitler did because that’s all that was left to fight for Germany.

There are still men left to fight for Putin now, but there are not a lot of them who want to.

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Puttin’ Around in Putin’s Basement


Vladimir Putin believed Ukraine was going to launch a new offensive in the south, so he deployed troops from the northeast of Ukraine to defend the south…and Ukraine then launched a major offensive in the northeast. Ukraine played rope-a-dope and Putin was the dope.

Ukraine forces were able to recapture dozens of villages and towns in over 6,000 sq kilometers (2,300 sq miles) of what is formerly Russian-occupied territory. The only people left who probably still believe Putin is a war genius are those bought and paid for by Putin, like Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, Ted Rall, etc.

Now, even pro-Kremlin Russians are starting to question the war. We’ll see how long their health holds out.

This is Putin’s war. It’s obviously clear to everyone, especially to Russian soldiers fighting this war, that Vladimir Putin doesn’t care about anyone except Vladimir Putin. His own troops are describing themselves as “cannon fodder” for Putin. It’s not just Ukrainian elementary schools, hospitals, and apartment buildings Putin is willing to sacrifice, but his own people.

If this keeps up, Putin will be removed from power. He started this war over a lie (Nazis in Ukraine) and will keep lying to fight it. It’s hard to lie to his people that Russia’s winning when husbands, brothers, and sons aren’t coming home. Putin is getting so desperate that he has to purchase weapons from Iran and North Korea which violates all sorts of sanctions.

How far will Putin go to win this war and save face…and save his power? Will he go nuclear? Could that be assisted in any way by secrets provided by Donald Trump? it’s very plausible that Putin gained access to the classified documents Trump stole. We have to ask again: Why did Trump take these documents? Why? It’s a question Republicans should start asking, you know, if they were actual patriots and not sycophantic cultish butt boys.

Music Note: I listened to The Cars, but only songs sung by Ben Orr.

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Putin Eyes


I’ve heard from critics before, “I shouldn’t have to read your blog to understand your cartoon.” They’re right. I don’t write this blog to explain my cartoons. If someone doesn’t get my cartoon, it’s either because they don’t know the background to the issue, they’re slow, or I failed. I will usually take the blame, accept failure, and live to fight another day. I cringe when someone, even a fan, makes a comment like, “Go read Clay’s blog to understand today’s cartoon” Ugh.

I write the blog because I usually have more to say and it’s fun. I don’t write the blog to explain the cartoons. If you don’t “get” that day’s cartoon before you read the blog, then I suck that day.

Today though, you may need to read the blog if you don’t get this cartoon because maybe I do suck today. I say this because one of my proofreaders didn’t get it. But I was just glad she knew the caricatures were Bush and Putin.

You see, this is referencing something that happened a few days ago and something else that happened over 20 years ago. So, you may not remember that. After I reminded my proofer, she said this cartoon works…but you still have to get it.

In 2001, shortly after the Supreme Court elected George W. Bush as president, he made his first trip to Europe which included a summit with Vladimir Putin in Slovenia. In case you’re a Republican, Slovenia is a nation in Europe. That’s exactly what White House staffers said to Bush just before he boarded Air Force One.

No one knew what to expect from the first meeting between the two new presidents as Putin had assumed office just the year before. What’s really fucked up about this is at that time, Putin may have won his office with more legitimacy than the American president had. But Bush and Putin got along swimmingly. They became best buddies in no time and Bush even invited Putin to visit his ranch in Texas. Bush said later, ” I was able to get a sense of his soul.” Yeah, no you didn’t.

At a press conference after the summit, he went back to the “soul” line and said, “I looked the man in the eye. I found him very straightforward and trustworthy – I was able to get a sense of his soul.” Condoleeza Rice, Bush’s future Secretary of State, later wrote that Bush’s phrasing had been a serious mistake. “We were never able to escape the perception that the president had naïvely trusted Putin and then been betrayed.”

Well, Condi, you were never able to escape that perception because Bush had naïvely trusted Putin and the world was betrayed. Fooling and manipulating leaders has been a trademark of Vladimir Putin’s. Knowing German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a fear of large scary-looking dogs from a childhood incident, Putin brought a large labrador, Konni, to one of their meetings in order to intimidate her. Whether that’s a negotiating tactic or just for his own amusement, Vladimir Putin is a sick psychopathic bastard. He also once told Bush that Konni was “bigger, tougher, stronger, faster, meaner” than Barney, Bush’s Scottish Terrier. Putin may as well have told Bush that Konni could eat Barney.

During all eight years of the Bush administration, we thought he was the dumbest fucker who had ever been president. And, we were probably right up to that point. If Putin could manipulate Bush and someone as intelligent as Merkel, Donald Trump was orange putty in his hands. We would have done better with Barney.

A couple years later, George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq over a bunch of claims that still haven’t been proven to be true. The Bush administration lied us into a war. The bad thing is, a lot of us knew they were lying. It was an unjust and unprovoked invasion. And how bad did Trump have to be for us to miss George W. Bush? We nearly forgot why we hated George W. Bush. But last week, Bush gave a lecture and reminded us why we hated him so much.

During a speech in Dallas, Bush condemned the “decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq.” Oops. He corrected himself and said, ” I mean, of Ukraine.” He then laughed and blamed his age for the “Freudian Slip,” saying, “I’m 75.”

I don’t buy that excuse because he wasn’t 75 when he confused Iraq for Afghanistan and invaded the wrong country.

The entire room laughed and everyone had a good time at the expense of the over 3,000 dead and over 32,000 wounded Americans, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, countless massacres of civilians, the forcible displacement of millions of people, and the saturation of the country with toxic and radioactive munitions that continue to cause congenital birth defects, cancer, and all manner of other maladies nearly two decades after the launch of an unprovoked invasion.

These wholly unjustified and brutal invasions decided by a single person need to stop.

It was an unprovoked invasion that destroyed Iraq, ousted the leadership, and replaced it with U.S. hand-picked Iraqi leaders. It’s the exact same thing Putin and Russia are trying to do in Ukraine.

The war in Iraq was a war crime and George W. Bush is a war criminal, just like Vladimir Putin. And now, George W. Bush has finally admitted he’s a war criminal.

Bush lamented the “absence of checks and balances” in the invasion of Ukraine while ignoring the “absence of checks and balances” in our invasion of Iraq. In a world of checks and balances, Bush and Putin would be sharing a jail cell at the Hague.

And throw in Dick Cheney too.

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Moskva Sinksva


After the Russian warship, Moskva was struck by two Ukrainian missiles, the official position of the Kremlin was “nyuh-uh.” The first response was that it was a small fire from an explosion in their ammunition storage. That could be true. There was an explosion in their ammunition storage…after it was hit by two Ukrainian missiles. As the ship was being towed to a Russian port in the Black Sea, it sank. The Russians blame “heavy seas” for the sinking.

Here’s a fun fact: Moskva was built in Ukraine. It’s an old ship from the Soviet era, when Ukraine was a part of the Soviet Union against its will, like how it’s against our will that Florida is a part of the United States. The ship was laid down in 1976 and launched in 1979. It’s served in Russian conflicts in Georgia, Crimea, and Syria…everywhere Russia shouldn’t have been.

The Moskva wasn’t just any old boat. It was the flagship of the Russian Black Sea fleet. Russia stepped up its attacks in Eastern Ukraine after the sinking. Some Russian officials, forgetting the state explanation, said that Ukraine sinking the Moskva is an “act of war,” after Russia’s been bombing that nation for the past five weeks.

Russia claims the entire crew of 510 was evacuated, but several family members of the crew are wondering why they’re not getting any letters or phone calls from their missing sons. As Ad-Rock said in “Rhymin’ and Stealin’,” they delivered Colonel Sanders down to Davy Jones Locker.

Vladimir Solovyov, Russia’s Tucker Carlson who’s not Russia’s actual Tucker Carlson, said on his popular Russian state TV show, “Vladimir 2Night” (I made that up), “Just explain to me how you managed to lose it!” Yeah, as if it was misplaced. Have you checked the couch cushions? Solovyov was expressing anger at the Russian Navy which means the other Vladimir is extremely upset and soon, a Russian Navy fall guy will fall off the top of a building in Moskva, which is Moscow. Solovyov is considered the “voice of Putin.” He doesn’t say anything unless Putin says it’s OK, kinda like the way Putin writes the talking points forTucker Carlson, Ted Rall, and Donald Trump.

Whether it was hit by Ukrainian missiles, the ammo storage just self exploded, a permed-up sailor left a plugged-in curling iron on his bunk, or someone was deep-frying a turkey in the cargo hold (those things are dangerous. I’m surprised Bubba terrorists aren’t using them on black churches. synagogues, mosques, Disneyland, and capitol buildings), the loss of the Moskva is a heavy loss for Russia’s war effort. The sinking doesn’t just eliminate one ship from firing at baby hospitals in Odessa. It eliminates several, at least for the time being.

Moskva wasn’t a ship that conducted land attacks. It provided air cover and coordinated the attacks from other ships in its fleet. The Moskva is the largest ship to be sunk in combat since World War II. Additional humiliation for Russia is that Moskva is named for Moscow, Russia’s capital. This is another instance of Russia underestimating the fighting capabilities of Ukraine. The Ukrainians were not supposed to be able to sink the Moskva as it’s a ship designed to defend against incoming missiles.

Another fun fact: Moskva was the ship at Snake Island at the start of the war ordering Ukrainian soldiers to surrender, and got the reply, “Russian warship, go fuck yourself.” Right now, crabs are fucking it.

I try to avoid using clichés in my work, like sinking ships. The sinking ship analogy is one of the most overused clichés in the political cartooning business. Nearly every cartoonist has drawn a sinking ship at some point in their career, but some jackholes use it like it was forced upon them. Google “Gary Varvel sinking ship cartoon.” To be fair, I’ve drawn at least three “Where all the white women at” cartoons over the past five years or so. I’ve drawn two Jerk cartoons, where Donald Trump is Steve Martin in “The Jerk” wearing the bathrobe and clutching several items while saying, “I don’t need anything…except this lamp.” I’ll probably never use that one again as between my two Jerk cartoons, another cartoonist used it and then publicly accused me of stealing it from him.

But then again, never say “never.”

When Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani fled his nation as the Taliban was taking over, I drew a sinking ship cartoon with Ghani paddling a lifeboat away. It was the perfect analogy for the situation, but I felt dirty. I promised myself that I would not draw another sinking ship cartoon unless it pertained to an actual sinking ship. Then, I got an actual sinking ship. I thought what better way to use a cliché about an actual sinking ship than to make the cliché the joke? It mocks my entire industry, myself included.

Now let’s see how long I can go without drawing a sinking ship again. Drawing cartoons about actual ships that sank doesn’t count.

Music Note: I listened to Led Zeppelin while drawing today.

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Putin Bunny


I like to draw cartoons about Vladimir Putin I know I wouldn’t be able to publish in Russia. How tall of a building would a Russian cartoonist get thrown off of after drawing a Putin bunny?

As we all know, Vladimir Putin is a war criminal. His invasion alone can be considered a war crime as his reasons to attack his neighbors are just about as valid as Hitler’s when he attacked his. In case you’re slow, that means his reasons are not valid. This is not a border crisis. This isn’t because NATO goaded Russia. This isn’t because Ukraine belongs to Russia or doesn’t have sovereignty. This isn’t because President Joe Biden isn’t nice enough to Putin. And, it’s not about Nazis in Ukraine. This is about Vladimir Putin expanding his power and he’ll kill anyone and destroy anything to accomplish it.

Putin didn’t attack Ukraine by only targeting its military. He’s attacked cities, suburbs, villages, apartment buildings, government offices, businesses, schools, playgrounds, theaters, hospitals, and train stations where people are lined up to escape the country. He’s hit buildings clearly marked to contain civilians. I’m starting to think Putin doesn’t care who dies on either side.

When I see images of people crying over the dead bodies of their children, my heart breaks. How can it not? How can anyone with a heart not be moved by those images? Vladimir Putin doesn’t have a heart. If he did, he’d stop his stupid war that’s going to set both nations back decades. But war criminals don’t care about other people. And from the evidence, Putin intends to keep killing civilian Ukrainians long after the war is over.

After Russians retreated from an area outside Kyiv, a man was killed by a bomb in a car trunk, set as a booby trap to explode when the trunk was opened. This is not war. This is murder. That is a war crime.

Ukrainians aren’t just finding unexploded bombs from areas formerly occupied by their invaders. They’re also discovering thousands of land mines. A lot of times when a civilian finds a land mine, he finds it the hard way. It gets more devious. The Russian military has left explosive booby traps inside homes. Explosive booby traps have been left in garage doors, washing machines, car windows, and other ordinary everyday items. They’ve even left booby traps under hospital beds and corpses they left behind.

Think about that. They commit war crimes by killing civilians, then use the corpse of the person they murdered to murder more people.

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine this week called his country “one of the most contaminated by mines in the world.” Ukraine is working to clear the country of these land mines and explosive booby traps, but they probably won’t find them all. Decades after they were set and the wars are over, landmines are still being found in Africa and Southeast Asia.

There is an international treaty banning the use of land mines in wars, which Ukraine has signed. Three nations that have not are Russia, China, and…wait for it…the United States. Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump (sic), and Biden have all refused to ban this nation’s use of land mines. Why?

The U.S. reasoning is that it needs land mines as a deterrent along the DMZ between North and South Korea.

Before the Ottawa Treaty banning land mines was enacted in 1993, over 25,000 civilians were killed annually by these heartless indiscriminate booby traps. Today after at least 181 nations have signed, it’s down to 4,000 civilians killed annually by abandoned land mines.

The U.S. has not signed the treaty, but it has followed the treaty’s key requirements, including its no-use, no-production, and no-trade provisions. Our nation hasn’t used them since Desert Storm in 1991. The U.S. has also provided more funds than any other nation in efforts to clear land minefields. But why can’t we sign the treaty? Why can’t we give up using land mines entirely?

President Clinton called it a “global tragedy” and said, “In all probability, land mines kill more children than soldiers, and they keep killing after wars are over.” But he refused to sign the treaty under pressure from the Pentagon. The pentagon may not be as afraid of giving up land mines as much as it’s afraid of what they’ll have to give up next. They may be afraid of an international treaty banning drones, which we often use to bomb Muslim weddings.

If the United States signs this treaty banning land mines, it may be powerful enough to persuade Russia to sign it. Maybe if we had signed it years ago, the Russian Army wouldn’t be leaving land mines for innocent Ukrainian civilians to find the hard way today. But then again with Putin, signing it probably wouldn’t change his strategy. I mean, do you need a treaty to stop bombing baby hospitals and leaving explosive booby traps under hospital beds?

There is no good reason to use land mines and other booby traps. Putin is a murderer and a war criminal. The man knows no compassion. Anyone leaving behind landmines to kill and maim children is a son of a bitch who deserves to burn in Hell…if Hell wasn’t too good for him.

My wish for the Putin Bunny would be for it to hop through the field where it left its surprises.

Music note: I listened to a mix today while drawing this cartoon that included Sugar Ray, Incubus, and 311. I guess my player wanted me to listen to bands with DJs, which is something I’m not super fond of.

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State News Fake News


I quoted an everyday ordinary man-on-the-Moscow-streets in yesterday’s blog who refuses to believe Russia has committed war crimes in Bucha, and probably anywhere else. He said, “If this is not fake, my brain refuses to accept it.” Since he lives in Russia, the news he has access to probably won’t ever tell him it’s not fake. This is a person, like a Hannity viewer, who’d rather be obliviously happy and ignorant.

Russia has blocked hundreds of news and social media sites on the internet. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are blocked. Russia blocked Ukrainian news sites before the war and then crafted new legislation making it a crime to report any news the government deems fake, which is like having Kellyann Conway determine facts from “alternative” facts.

The government is also airing propaganda and lies on their state media news stations and online. Russian news consumers are being told the massacre in Bucha is staged, which is something Alex Jones would say about a school shooting. Russian state media is claiming the dead bodies are just actors, which is something Marjorie Taylor Greene would say about kids in a school shooting. Being able to find a location of an upcoming crisis to act in is a pretty amazing skill.

Chinese-owned TikTok has blocked 95 percent of posts by Russian users, citing the “fake news” law, but I guess for shits-and-giggles, it’s also blocked posts from  French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations. Fortunately, TikTok has not blocked my account yet so my 158 followers will not be deprived of my 30-second drawing videos set to music. You’re welcome, America.

If Russians want to discover the horrors their president is having inflicted upon the citizens of Ukraine, they have to resort to VPNs and the dark web. A VPN is a virtual private network that connects through a secondary remote server that has fewer security controls and restrictions. Usually, these are in other countries like Lithuania. A lot of people, like me 30 minutes ago, aren’t aware of VPNs, or tech-savvy enough to download and install one, or willing/able to pay for them. I know there are a lot of readers in the U.S. who refuse to pay for news and complain loudly about firewalls at The New York Times and the Washington Post. I can believe there are a lot of Russians who’ll refuse to pay extra to discover their president is murdering civilians in Bucha. I pay for four news outlets and for at least half of last week, they were all obsessed with the slappy Oscars.

The dark web is where Americans usually go to plan terrorist attacks and spread conspiracy theories about deep-state Democrats using pizza parlors to sex traffic babies. You see a lot of Pepe the Frog on the dark web but it’s a place where Russians will try to learn real news, but will probably only get into a debate over whether Chris Rock did or didn’t know Jada has alopecia.

Russians are good people. There are millions of them opposed to this war. But they’re not getting information about it because Vladimir Putin doesn’t want them to hear the truth…or to see the images of the horror he’s created.

They don’t see the wreckage of bombed hospitals and schools, or the charred skeletons left behind in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Kherson, Zhytomyr, and Bucha. In Russia, you can only hear what Putin wants you to hear about the war…except you can’t say “war.” Since early March, it’s been illegal to call the war a “war,” or describe it as an “attack” or “invasion,” and doing so can get you 15 years in a Russian prison.

What Russians are being told by their state news is that Russia is defending them from Ukrainian Nazis.

We don’t have state TV in the west. The BBC and NPR are government-funded, but government has zero control over the content. In Russia, State media is controlled and edited by the state. Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network are not controlled by a right-wing government, but they have chosen to use our guaranteed freedom of the press to act like they are. We don’t have state TV. We have Trump TV.

While Russians don’t have a choice in being ignorant about the war or buried in bullshit propaganda, many in the west have chosen to be ignorant about the war and disseminate propaganda. If you’re on Truth Social, or when they finally let you in, search hashtags for “Putin,” “War,” “Russia,” “Ukraine,” or “Bucha.” Warning: You will probably need a shower afterward.

I actually talked to someone in Russia last week who told me she didn’t know what was happening in Ukraine but knew what she was being told is a lie. She asked me not to tell her because she was actually afraid of what she’d learn. Russians know they’re being lied to and it’s horrible to find out you’re governed by liars and war criminals. Sure, we have our own experience with that, but we don’t have to support the liars and war criminals.

I hope there are people in Russia who can see my cartoons. I also hope my cartoons do a better job of exposing them to reality and the truth than they’ve done convincing MAGAts on Truth Social and other platforms.

Music note: I listened to about half of Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” album while crosshatching and coloring today’s cartoon.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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

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