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Each month I send two or three draft cartoon ideas to the New Internationalist editors. They can select which one will suit. The cartoon needs to ‘work’ of course. It also needs to still be topical in six weeks time – when the issue being prepared comes out. That is tricky.

The rough drafts are real ‘cartoons’ in the original sense of the word – sketched out preliminary drawings for some finished art work. It’s a bit odd but they often look more fresh and lively  than the finished cartoon.

Here’s a rough draft of the one that didn’t get the nod for the issue-after-next’s cartoon….

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