Admittedly, this one stems from the frustration of trying to write about the shutdown, not knowing if it will be over by the time my words made it to the page. It's tedious to hedge language with phrases like "before the weekend" and "as of Friday." This cartoon was compete after President Trump's shutdown pushed past Presidents Ford, Reagan and Obama in terms of days under a shutdown. As of Jan. 9 (see that hedged language) Trump is nine days from taking the record for longest continuous shutdown from President Clinton - a 26-day shutdown over the 1995/1996 New Year. He's still well behind President Carter's total of 56 days under a shutdown, but Trump has said he's open to keeping this thing going. So, despite it being old news, many are still keeping an interest simply so they know when it will end.
As far as artwork, this one was a bit simple. I'm getting quite used to drawing capitol buildings, but I knew this one wouldn't need the level of detail my panels usually require. I wanted a heavy emphasis on the sign - inspired by workplace safety signs, of course. So I decided to do a bit more than a sketch of the U.S. capitol before blurring out it and the greenery. I achieved what I set out to do, but I couldn't stand to blur the clouds. They turned out so well I just decided to leave it alone. All in all, this one works a bit better in color, because the related shades of blue in either corner make for a strong angled composition. On the grayscale of the newsprint, it's much less pronounced. The panel only took a couple of hours, including a restart to an earlier save. I'm not sure what keystroke I made, but it would not change back for me.
Thanks for reading.