“Pearls Before Swine,” by Stephan Pastis (Universal Uclick)

SOMETIMES, HUMOR cuts not with a knife, but with a scythe. Especially as Father Time welcomes a baby new year onto the world stage.

Jef Mallett’s strip “Frazz,” for instance, waxes philosophical for 2018, while cartoons nodding to global leaders render visions more political.

From the sly and wryly amusing to the cartoon harbingers of inky doom, here is how some artists are drawing their early visions for 2018:

DARRIN BELL:


by Darrin Bell (WPWG)

JEFFREY KOTERBA:


by Jeffrey Koterba / Omaha World Herald (CagleCartoons.com)

GARY McCOY: 


by Gary McCoy (CagleCartoons.com)

MILT PRIGGEE:


by Milt Priggee / Kitsap Sun (CagleCartoons.com)

LISA BENSON:


by Lisa Benson (WPWG)

RAYMA SUPRANI:


by Rayma Suprani (CagleCartoons.com)

JEF MALLETT (“FRAZZ”):


“Frazz,” by Jef Mallett (Universal Uclick)

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