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Cartoonist A.F. Branco 5th Anniversary at Legal Insurrection (Reader Poll Best Cartoon)

Cartoonist A.F. Branco 5th Anniversary at Legal Insurrection (Reader Poll Best Cartoon)

Five years and over 500 cartoons later, he’s still going strong, and still comically incorrect.

Five years ago, on August 6, 2012, A.F. Branco posted his first cartoon at Legal Insurrection, a side by side of the two Dirty Harry’s:

I am pleased to announce that Antonio F. Branco will begin contributing political cartoons created exclusively for Legal Insurrection….

Recently, you have seen two of Tony’s cartoons here, one regarding Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech and another regarding the premature announcement of the Tea Party’s demise.

Tony’s work is on par, in my estimation, with the best political cartoonists.

Since then a lot has happened. The reelection of Obama, the rise and fall of Hillary, and the election of Trump. He has chronicled it all, twice a week, over 500 cartoons in total. Some of those cartoons, and others he has published elsewhere, appear in his coffee table book, Comically Incorrect.

Along the way in November 2014, Tony and his wife had a baby, Welcome to the World, Amelia Rose Branco.

To show you how time flies, Amelia is already driving:

Tony prepared this message for Legal Insurrection readers:

The thanks go to you, Tony.

In honor of this anniversary, we’re holding a Reader Poll on the best cartoon of the first 5 Years. I selected the cartoons. It wasn’t easy to narrow the list down to a manageable number. I wanted a final list of 10, but that proved impossible because there were just too many good ones. So you have 15 to choose from.

I tried to pick cartoons that I felt transcended time, were particularly perceptive, and have aged well over time or will age well for more recent cartoons.

The Reader Poll will be open until midnight (Pacific Time), Tuesday night, August 8, 2017.

You can vote for UP TO THREE cartoons.


Here are the entries, in chronological order:

Safe Six

Monday, December 24, 2012

All Ears

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Merry Me-mas

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Pen to Serfdom

Thursday, January 16, 2014

What Difference Does it Make?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Shrink Wrapper

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Crash of Civilization

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Radical Vocabulist

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Gone Fishing

Monday, April 13, 2015

Serving Time

Monday, April 27, 2015

Tick Tock

Monday, September 28, 2015

Assume the Position

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Verdict

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

That Was Then

Monday, November 21, 2016

Made Obamacare Great Again

Monday, March 27, 2017


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rabid wombat | August 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm

“Screw U” (The Verdict) is very strong, and can be applied to MANY different situations. I did enjoy Safe Six….

Don’t see a poll, but geez Prof, if you can’t whittle it down to 5 how do you think I can whittle those down to vote for “up” to 3? I’m thinking it’d be tough to whittle it down to my favorite 100.
I’m glad I’m not taking an exam from you, you come up with tough problems to solve.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to 4fun. | August 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    If you don’t see the poll, it’s probably because you are using a browser that blocks javascript. We use Polldaddy, used by a lot of websites including Drudge, and the poll code is in javascript.

    You can try this link, and it may allow you to vote directly at Polldaddy

In case you can’t see the poll, turn off Ad-Blocker and refresh your computer.

DieJustAsHappy | August 6, 2017 at 8:37 pm

Branco, I’ll return your toast! (Just don’t ask what’s in my cup and I won’t ask what’s in yours.)

He is extremely talented.

“That Was Then” and “Serving Time”, both showing the double standards that are rampant in “news” and politics.

Char Char Binks | August 6, 2017 at 10:03 pm

Excellent work, Mr. Branco! It was tough to pick just three from all the stellar cartoons! Keep up that ink flowing!

Close The Fed | August 6, 2017 at 10:31 pm

“Made Obamacare Great Again” was perfect! Completely illustrates the complete ineptitude of the GOPe.


I picked three, one of which is currently in the lead.

They are all excellent, hard to choose.

Mr. Branco is simply the best.

My three: “Crash of Civilizations”, “Tick Tock”, and “What Difference Does it Make?”

Little Amelia would have steered the nation better than obama did – and at two, certainly would have been a classier First Lady than that hideous beard he/she brought with him.

Tea Party Tribute to A.F. Branco:

As my Krav Maga instructor put it. F***ing eh.

Happy anniversary, Mr. Branco. You are one funny talented dude.


My three.

There is a two state solution there is a two state solution and oh yeah Pontiac is going to come back and build a Firebird.

smalltownoklahoman | August 7, 2017 at 7:22 am

Safe Six, Radical Vocabulist, and Made Obamacare Great Again.

1. Gun control laws are ineffective and yet they still insist on what does not work.

2. Emphasizes the dangers of a radical President with a Congress that is either ineffectual in opposing him and/or wishes to go along with his agenda. We lived through that under Obama and it’s something I think we all need to remember for future elections.

3. Speaking of an ineffectual Congress! Simply infuriating, those are the two words that best describe my feelings over that failure, perhaps with a dash of bitterly disappointed thrown in for another two words!

G. de La Hoya | August 7, 2017 at 9:00 am

Happy Anniversary! Excellent work containing thousands of words! Also, I enjoy when others link to your works because I feel like I knew you here first 😉

Cheers and congratulations, Mr. Branco! Keep up the good work, and, may your pens never run out of ink (nor Photoshop freeze up on you)!

I picked 3 from the list, but IMO Branco has others that should be in the list.

GeorgeCrosley | August 7, 2017 at 11:22 am

What’s the apostrophe for in “Two Dirty Harry’s”?

I feel like there should be an award for 5 years on this blog. A cartoon drawing of gold watch perhaps?

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | August 7, 2017 at 12:37 pm

I’ve said before I’m in awe of both your artistic talent and your cleverness. Congrats on the five year anniversary. Here’s to 5 – or 50 – more years.

Cheers, A. F. Branco!

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | August 7, 2017 at 1:49 pm


Lots of classics there in your cartoons!

“That Was Then” is my favorite! Evil would be reduced if we had honest news media.

I would appreciate if if you turned your talents toward the government bureaucratic public school system, and parents who keep turning their children over to its tender mercies.

Thank you for your excellent work!

Safe six, That was then, and Crash of Civilization. It was hard to pick. I enjoy them very much.

Thank you so very much for the comments and kudos. I feel blessed, and inspired to go another 5 years (God willing). Again, it’s been a lot of fun.