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Most Popular Cartoons of the Week!

Here are the 15 most popular and most reprinted CagleCartoons for the week of March 21st through 28th. See these and more in a special section on our newspaper subscribers download site. These are the cartoons that editors download the most, in high resolution, to be published in their newspapers. Enjoy!

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Steve Sack


RJ Matson


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Nate Beeler

Dave Granlund


Jeff Koterba


Rick McKee


Dave Whamond


Adam Zyglis


Daryl Cagle


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The Most Popular Cartoons of the Week through May 16th, 2020
The Most Popular Cartoons of the Week through May 8th, 2020
The Most Popular Cartoons of the Pandemic (as of May 4th)
The Most Popular Cartoons of the Week through May 2nd, 2020
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The Most Popular Cartoons of the Week, 3/21/20 (all coronavirus)


My Japanese Tsunami Cartoons

When a natural disaster occurs with as much force and power as the earthquake and tsunami that recent struck Japan, a cartoonist is often faced with the challenge of tying to be thoughtful without abandoning his or her own originality.  I wanted to avoid Japanese flags, Godzilla and references to World War II (see my post about Japanese cartoon “Yahtzees”).

With my first cartoon about the tsunami, I wanted to use a simple image to express sorrow for the Japanese people …

When I was a kid, in the 1960’s, Reddy Kilowatt was the face of modern, nuclear energy …

Here are a couple of guys who always make me laugh …


Nuclear Crisis Cartoons

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that leveled Japan over the weekend, the explosion at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has elevated fears of nuclear fallout. Some are putting the accident on a level just below Chernobyl.

Cartoonists from around the world are weighing in the dangerous situation, as well as it’s ramification for nuclear energy worldwide. See what they think in our Nuclear Crisis cartoon slideshow.

Japan nuclear fallout earthquake tsunami
Patrick Chappatte / The International Herald Tribune (click to view cartoon collection)

Japan Cartoon Yahtzees

Every once and a while, cartoonists working hundreds of miles apart will conjure up similar ideas for a cartoon on the same subject. When five or more cartoonists draw the same gag, we refer to these as “Yahtzees.” Our most recent Yahtzee featured Leslie Nielsen and his famous “don’t call me Shirley” line from “Airplane.”

In the aftermath of the disaster that has devastated Japan, several cartoon Yahtzees have emerged from the cartoonists covering this tragic, ongoing event.

As they tend to be instantly-recognizable visual metaphors, cartoonists often use a country’s flag in their cartoon commentary. The Japanese flag is no different, as these cartoonists show:

John Sherffius / Boulder Daily Camera
Manny Francisco / Manila, The Phillippines
Martin Sutovec / Slovakia
Hajo de Reijger / The Netherlands
R.J. Matson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Petar Pismestrovic / Kleine Zeitung, Austria
Brian Adcock / Scotland

Another visual metaphor that is conjured up by the tsunami is “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” a famous woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai. This was also used by several cartoonists:

Martin Sutovec / Slovakia
R.J. Matson / St. Lous Post-Dispatch
Peter Lewis / Australia
Frederick Deligne / Nice-Matin, Nice, France
Aislin / Montreal Gazette
Kap / Spain
Mike Keefe / Denver Post

Finally, as the news broke of the possible meltdown of several nuclear reactors, another similar thought crept into the mind of several cartoonists: Godzilla. The famous Japanese icon made its way into at least five cartoons about the disaster, qualifying it as the third unique cartoon Yahtzee:

David Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star
Gark Markstein / Creators
Dave Granlund /
Olle Johansson / Sweden
Paul Zanetti / Australia
Godzilla Japan Tsunami
Steve Kelley / Times-Picayune
Bill Schorr / Cagle Cartoons

Cartoons about Earthquake in Japan

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan overnight, creating a 23-foot tsunami that swept through coastal areas in Northern Japan, killing hundreds of people. Whenever a natural disaster or tragic event occurs, cartoonists are there to weigh in and present a unique perspective, often saying more with one powerful image than all the words on a page combined (that’s my cartoon below).

View the cartoons that have come in so far about the disaster in Japan’s Enormous Earthquake cartoon slideshow. We’ll update it as more come in.

Japan earthquake tsunami cartoon
Daryl Cagle / (click to view cartoon slideshow)

Tsunami Flowers

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