THE SHARPER the presidential races come into relief, the more pointed, too, becomes the comic relief.

The intensifying of the satire feels palpable. We’re ever so slowly moving past the easy clownish labels and short-fingered distractions.

It’s now not enough to paint a candidate as pure cartoon or buffoon. As real numbers continue to roll in and the game clock ticks toward party nominations, the color commentary from the nation’s satirists turns livelier and snarkier, aiming to cut deep. The stakes are raised, so the best humorists likewise raise their game to new levels.

Which means it’s a prime time to be a fan of satire. From comedy shows to political cartoons, the big game is afoot. Fortunately for us, the deftest hands are taking aim.

Here are some of the best current campaign cartoons.

WALT HANDELSMAN:


by Walt Handelsman / New Orleans Advocate 2016

MIKE LUCKOVICH:


by Mike Luckovich / Atlanta Journal Constitution 2016

NICK ANDERSON:


by Nick Anderson / Houston Chronicle 2016

MATT DAVIES:


by Matt Davies / Newsday 2016

MATT BORS:


by Matt Bors / Universal Uclick

STEVE KELLEY:


by Steve Kelley / Creators Syndicate 2016

CLAY BENNETT:


by Clay Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press 2016