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TRUE Stupid Stuff 2!

Here’s another new batch of my old TRUE cartoons from the 1990’s – at least the ones that look like they could still be true. This is from a batch about government.


Puppies, Elephants, Bunnies and Sexual Assault

Here are my last four cartoons.  The most recent is below, on the press growing less cute and adorable for Obama.  I think if I drew puppies in all of my editorial cartoons, my work would be much more popular.  I didn’t quite know how I would handle this one when I started drawing, so the rough sketch is a bit of a mess.

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I was thinking of making this a four panel cartoon at first, with the doggie growing progressively bigger and a caption, but the simple two panel format won out.  here is the line art that most people will see in their newspapers that print in black and white.

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And here is the color.  Readers love the doggies.

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I drew the cartoon below when Obama made his first statement about the IRS scandal.  here’s the black and white most people see.

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And here’s the color.

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Before that I did this one on the ongoing, outrageous, sexual assault scandals in the military.

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And I drew this “Energizer Bunny” cartoon about the Benghazi Scandal that the Republicans can’t bear to see fade away.

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There was a time when I would see an Energizer Bunny cliche editorial cartoon every week. Alas, those were the good old days.


Obama Transforms Into Nixon

Obama Transforms Into Nixon © Daryl Cagle,,Barack Obama,president,Richard Nixon,Watergate,tranform,metamorphosis,Benghazi,IRS,AP records,AP records, benghazi coverup, IRS Tea Party, transformation


IRS Scandal and Obama

IRS Scandal and Obama © Daryl Cagle,,internal revenue Service,IRS,I.R.S.,barack Obama,elephant,republican,scandal,501(c)4,conservative groups,IRS Tea Party


Taxes, France and Boobs

LibertyClip Taxes, France and Boobs cartoonsHere are my last two cartoons, the first one is French President Francois Hollande shrinking. He is wildly unpopular in France after being elected recently, and our world cartoonists draw him all the time, so I thought I would give it a shot. That is “Liberty” from Eugene Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” who is in the Mom role, measuring Hollande’s growth on the door frame – and that’s a clip of the real Liberty at the right.

Jean Plantu, the cartoonist for Le Monde in Paris, likes to chide me about how I can’t draw bare breasts as an editorial cartoonist in America. Of-course, I am my own editor, and I can draw anything I want – the only problem is getting editors to print what I want.  This cartoon has a triple whammy: boobs, foreign subject matter and a character (Hollande) who American readers don’t know, and I drew it on a Saturday, the dead day for editorial cartoons.

Who cares?! I can draw what I want even if no one will print it.  Here is the messy rough sketch.

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There were lots of corrections I made when I traced over this for the final line art, below.

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Here is the color version.

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Umbrella350wide Taxes, France and Boobs cartoonsRemember you saw it here first, and you may not see it anywhere else.

The previous cartoon is an evergreen for Tax Day, April 15th. It would be better as an evergreen if the IRS Form 1040 didn’t mention the tax year at the top – I’ll have to make that suggestion to them.

For some reason, cartoonists like to put the year into their cartoons, as part of a copyright notice with their signature, which makes their new cartoons look new but makes their old cartoons look old, devaluing them as evergreens for sale online. I’m always telling artists not to put the year into their cartoons – but do they listen? No. That’s the rough sketch at the right.

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I downloaded the tax form from the IRS as the backdrop, and clipped some text in Photoshop. That’s how I feel this time of year. The tax form looks pretty gloomy, huh?



Tax Rain

Tax Rain © Daryl Cagle,,Income Taxes,USA,finance,government,IRS,1040,form,rain,umbrella,taxpayer,April 15, taxes 2013


Election Sprint and Romney Taxes

Election Sprint and Romney Taxes © Daryl Cagle,,Mitt Romney,presidential campaign,Barack Obama,Olympics,race,sprint,running,income taxes,IRS,election 2012


Tax Time Cartoon Collection

Why are you reading this post? Shouldn’t you be finishing your taxes?!? As millions of Americans rush to finish their taxes by Tuesday’s deadline (well, everyone but Mitt Romney, who filed an extension), cartoonists had to split their time between the calculator and the drawing pad, finishing their best IRS cartoons.

Check out their thoughts of 1040 and standard deductions in our new Tax Time cartoon collection.

Joe Heller / Green Bay Press-Gazette (click to view our Tax Time cartoons)

My Tax Time Cartoons

As a cartoonist, I’m already predisposed to dislike numbers and math, but running a business means filing my taxes has gone from an annoyance to downright torture. Just the thought of having to print out those arcane, maze-like forms, rummage through boxes of reciepts, and finally figure out what sized check you have to write to Uncle Sam can make any sane person cry. It’s no wonder that I’ve drawn my fair share of cartoons comparing doing your taxes to torture.

Here are a couple of my cartoons about dreaded tax season. Hope they bring a smile to your face as you waste this weekend adding and deducting…


Mitt Newt and Jobs

Mitt Newt and Jobs COLOR © Daryl Cagle,,Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Speaker, jhomeless, jobs, President, Massachusetts, governor, campaign 2012, income taxes, form 1040, IRS, class warfare, carried interest