One Cartoonist’s Perspective on 2017

One Cartoonist's Perspective on 2017

There has been no shortage of political news in 2017, which has meant plenty of inspiration for artists and particularly political cartoonists this year. And for Sage Stossel, whose editorial-cartoon column Sage, Ink appears regularly on our Instagram page, Trump continues to be a muse of sorts.

“My cartoons have always been topical, but in the past they were often more whimsical than pointed,” said Stossel. A couple extended projects and a newborn drew her away from the craft for a while, but when Stossel got back to it in the summer of 2015, Trump had just declared his candidacy. “His behavior was so far outside the bounds of anything I’d seen when I was cartooning before, that I found myself feeling differently about what I wanted to accomplish—less drawn to light takes on side topics, and more drawn to trying to address the outrageousness.”

In 2017, Stossel sent us cartoons addressing the healthcare debate, net neutrality, and Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. While inspiration doesn’t always flow as fast as the news does, Stossel stays on top of current events by reading the news.

“These days,” Stossel said, “There’s so much political chaos and so many incendiary tweets and breaking developments that you have to stay more glued to the news than ever to keep up.”

Luckily for those trying to keep up, Stossel’s cartoons comment on news as it happens. Let us guide you all the way back to the beginning of 2017 for a fun (depending on your definition of fun) romp through the news, via our favorite cartoons from this year.


The gag orders mount… by @sagestossel #sageink

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:43am PST  

At the start of 2017, Trump signed an executive order that severely restricted immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspended all refugee admission for 120 days, and barred all Syrian refugees indefinitely. At the time, lawyers leaped into action at airports around the country, and since, the policy has continued to be challenged in courts.


Sage, Ink: Judging Trump. By @sagestossel #sageink

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on Feb 9, 2017 at 4:31pm PST


Sage, Ink: Moving On… 🎨: @sagestossel #sageink

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on Mar 27, 2017 at 10:15am PDT

In March, Bill O’Reilly was ousted at Fox News, after a New York Times investigation earlier in the month revealed that O’Reilly’s employers at Fox News had paid out some $13 million to women who claimed the bombastic TV host had sexually harassed them or otherwise exposed them to inappropriate behavior. Alex Wagner wrote about how if Trump hadn’t been elected, Bill O’Reilly might still have a job.


The latest from Sage, Ink: A New O’Reilly Classic 🎨: @sagestossel #billoreilly #foxnews #sageink ​

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on Apr 20, 2017 at 6:54am PDT


Sage, Ink: Boys’ Club. The latest from @sagestossel. #sageink #healthcare #ahca​

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on May 9, 2017 at 7:07am PDT


Disorder in the Court? 🎨: @sagestossel #SCOTUS #supremecourt #sageink

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on Jun 25, 2017 at 6:25pm PDT

Rumors swirled in March of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s potential retirement, a move that many felt could have outsize effects on the makeup of the highest court in the land.


The latest from 🎨 @sagestossel: G20 Check-in #sageink #trump #putin #g20

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on Jul 7, 2017 at 7:16am PDT

During the G20 meeting in July, Trump and Putin met for a second, undisclosed time, notable because of Russian interference in the U.S. election and because of the current investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians to influence the outcome of the race.


The latest from @sagestossel: Off Message #sageink #theatlantic

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on Aug 16, 2017 at 8:58am PDT

In August, Trump’s remarks on the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a local park provoked a myriad of responses.

The latest from @sagestossel : Dangerous Game #sageink #trump #northkorea

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on Aug 10, 2017 at 6:52am PDT

In August, Trump’s tweeted that North Korea “best not make any more threats to the United States” lest it face “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”


IT Strikes Again… 🎨: @sagestossel #sageink

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on Sep 19, 2017 at 8:42am PDT

Obamacare-repeal attempts in the House and Senate continued to glance in and out of the news throughout the year.


The latest from @sagestossel: Consoler in Chief #sageink

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on Oct 19, 2017 at 7:12am PDT

In October, Trump made claims that he was better at consoling the families of slain servicemembers than his predecessors, while offending the family of La David Johnson and skipping calls and letters to other grieving loved ones.


From @sagestossel’s drawing board: Changing of the Guard #sageink

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on Nov 21, 2017 at 2:00pm PST

Sage weighed in on the post-Weinstein reckoning when longtime Today show host Matt Lauer was abruptly fired by NBC after allegations of sexual misconduct.


The latest from @sagestossel’s drawing board: “And so it begins…” #sageink #netneutrality

A post shared by The Atlantic (@theatlantic) on Dec 15, 2017 at 1:45pm PST

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