Here is my selection of 22 of my favorite cartoons of the decade.

I pitched the idea to Gannett of running collections of favorite cartoons of the decade every day in December, the last month of the decade, with a selection by a different cartoonist each day. We, along with USA Today, selected the CagleCartoonists we would invite to participate and we asked them each to choose their twenty-two favorite cartoons from the past ten years –that’s twenty-two so that USA Today can edit out two of the cartoons and still have twenty left for the collection. I submitted twenty-nine batches of twenty-two cartoons, selected by each of twenty-nine of our CagleCartoonists.  USA Today plans on showcasing their own Gannett employee cartoonists, Thompson, Marlette, Murphy and Archer, through Thursday, with our CagleCartoonists finishing out the month, starting this Friday with Pat Bagley.

USA Today started off their daily, decade slideshows today with their talented cartoonist, Mike Thompson, who also did the work of laying all of these collections out for The USA Today Network sites (that includes the individual Web sites for all of Gannett’s 100+ daily newspapers). Visit USA Today’s Opinion page online to see these every day this month. Click on each cartoon in each slideshow to see a full-screen, high-resolution version of each cartoon, which is very nice.

I did my best to twist USA Today’s arms to get them to allow forty cartoons in each slideshow, but alas, they wouldn’t go any higher than twenty (twenty-two, counting the two cartoons that are doomed to be killed). It is very difficult to select only twenty cartoons to represent an entire decade –that’s only two cartoons per year, and a lot happens every year!

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