✏ Confessions of Cartoon Junkie ✏ Open Thread



I love cartoons. I have always loved cartoons. When I was a kid I loved my Marvel Comic Books and now in my second childhood I love my political cartoons. Can’t get enough of them.

Every day I set out to harvest cartoons to share. Sharing cartoons is great because anything is funnier and more fun when it’s shared. LOL alone is fun – LOL with others is funner. I don’t think that’s a word but you know what I mean and I love to give my spell check indigestion.

Take the cartoon below – I could write something of 2-300 words, or more, about how obsessed CNN is with Donald Trump’s every word and deed. It wouldn’t express the idea nearly as well as this one cartoon with only a few words.

There are few topics that can’t be covered in a cartoon. When you have one cartoonist with a bee in his/her bonnet about a topic the whole string of cartoons tells a wonderful story.

We need to always remember that the story being told, in one cartoon or many, is simply the opinion of the cartoonist. Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that a cartoon is simply that particular cartoonists view of events – especially when it’s a brilliant cartoon and when it reinforces our own opinion.

Right wing cartoonists lampoon the left and Left Wing cartoonists lampoon the right. Just like the MSM. And just like the MSM there are far more on the left than on the right. The right may not have as many cartoonists but they have some of the best in the business.

Some of my favorites include:

Michael Ramirez is brilliant. Simply brilliant IMO. I love his cartoons probably the most of all. I say that and then I see something equally brilliant from Gary Varvel or A.F. Branco and then I’m back to having a dozen favorites. Let’s just say that Ramirez never is less than stellar.

Michael Ramirez

Glenn McCoy has an acerbic wit I like.

Glenn McCoy

Lisa Benson’s cartoons have a certain charm mixed with her gentle wit. I like her a lot.

Lisa Benson

Don’t you love the simplicity of Eric Allie’s explanation of college costs?

Dana Summers is so great. His cartoons always get to the heart of a subject and usually make some liberal look foolish. Just like he does in the one below. Rahm Emmanuel is reportedly a very smart man – how could he have said something so stupid?


Dana Summers


Steve Kelly is another favorite of mine. He usually tells interesting little stories with his cartoons. I like that. A lot.

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Steve Benson is really good and I particularly like this timely cartoon…  There goes that cartoon expressing my opinion again thing. Like many cartoonists center and right, Benson is not a Trump fan. And like many he is not a Steve Bannon fan.

Steve Benson

Jerry Holbert is another really good cartoonist. No collection of cartoons would be complete without one of his.

Jerry Holbert

No discussion of cartoons and cartoonists would be complete without A.F. Branco. His cartoons can be found everywhere but originate at Legal Insurrection.

There was a time when I loved everything he did. Then he became a Trump supporter and I skipped a lot of his cartoons. They were probably still brilliant but they did not reflect my opinion. Many still don’t. But the one below certainly does:


I’m sure you all have your own favorite cartoons and cartoonists. Share. Laughter, a giggle, a quiet chuckle, they will get us through. And cartoonists can help with that.

23 Responses to “✏ Confessions of Cartoon Junkie ✏ Open Thread”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    cartoons can get a point across faster and better then 1000 words. The do a great service to the public

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      They sure do. I often see a cartoon and think “I was thinking something like that but didn’t know how to put it”, and there it is. They are so clever!

  2. helenk3 Says:

    I love this man. the suck it up buttercup bill

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I think we need more legislators like this and more “Suck it up Buttercup” bills.

      The sight of all those crybabies does not make me feel sorry for them. More like wanting to give them a good swift kick to the seat of the problem.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, wow – good for him! Thanks for this, Helen. I’m with Marge – I am more inclined to give them a smack upside the head, as we say in the South, to snap them out of this idiocy.

      WTH is wrong with kids these days??! Oh, right – parents and teachers have permitted and ENCOURAGED these absurd responses…

      • helenk3 Says:

        In my lifetime we have gone from the “greatest generation” to the enabled generation. It breaks my heart

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          What do you think would have been the response from college students in our day if they were offered a “safe room” complete with Play-doh and coloring books?

          Although I personally would have liked a pony even at that age.

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I love this post, Marge! Yes, cartoons are such a great way to get the point across so well in so few words. GREAT post!

    Like you, I loved comics when I was a kid, too. There was a little bookstore near my house I would go to once a week, right after they got their newest comics. What a treat that was!

    And what a treat this post is – thank you!

  4. piper Says:

    Always love Maxine and her witticisms
    (John Wagner—or “Arty-Boy” as Maxine likes to call him—says Maxine was inspired by his mother, his maiden aunts and his grandmother, the woman who bought him art lessons when “fill in the pumpkins” was about the extent of his art classes at St. John’s Catholic School he attended in Leonia, N.J.)

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I love Maxine! My kids think she’s modeled on me. At least her attitude.

      Satan may not tremble but more than one relative has shuddered and muttered, “oh shit, Marge is here.” Mostly those are the Democrats in the family.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    You have listen to this Ben Shapiro podcast! He completely loses it laughing hysterically at the Obama and Trump meeting. It’s so funny!


  6. helenk3 Says:


    thank God for Judicial Watch

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Oh. My. GOD. A Palestinian group, a Muslim group, and a Spanish/Latino group at Kent State are demanding a photo display of Golda Meir be taken down because: He claimed that her quote — “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement” — was causing Palestinian and black students discomfort and was “contribut[ing] to a climate that makes us feel like we do not belong here.”

    Are you KIDDING me with this?! These children belong in a group home or a day care NOT college. They clearly are not mature enough to be out on their own. WOW.

    Here’s the link: https://unitedwithisrael.org/kent-state-refuses-demand-by-anti-israel-groups-to-remove-golda-meir-photo/

    Oh, fortunately Kent State said NO.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thank goodness Kent State had the guts to deny these fools their nonsense. Although you and I both know that their discomfort is because they are all anti-Semites.

      But that kind of bigotry is acceptable in this country these days. Starting in the White House.

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Another example of how cartoons tell the story quickly and succinctly:

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    David Harsanyi: Sorry Democrats, But Americans Are Remarkably Tolerant People

    In the midst of this post-election moral panic the Left has ginned, the FBI released its 2015 hate crime statistics this week. As you can imagine, newsfeeds were littered with headlines like “New hate crime statistics shows surge against Muslims” and “FBI: Hate crimes against Muslims in US surge 67 percent.” The key words, in case you missed them, were “Muslims” and “surge.”

    Though the numbers are from 2015, the report comported neatly with the overwrought reaction that has followed Donald Trump’s surprising victory. We should remain skeptical about this supposed surge in violence by his supporters. Hundreds of stories launched into social media were based on nothing more than accusations. As Reason magazine points out, many have already turned out to be hoaxes.


  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    ‘Not a parody’! NBC News is GRAVELY concerned about this ‘lack of transparency’ from Trump

    “Trump leaves press behind for steak dinner, showing lack of transparency.”

    If going to dinner without saving a seat for the MSM prompted that, just imagine what the next couple years will hold!


    From Dana Loesch: “It’s not like he put emails on a secret server or anything, sheesh.”

    This kind of crap reminds me of the idiotic firestorm over Marco Rubio taking a drink of water. The media can’t seem to stop be-clowning itself.

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

  13. helenk3 Says:

    stolen from the crawdad hole. one of the best articles on the election I have read


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