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Too many results? Too few? Take a minute to learn how to use our 'Advanced Search' box and we'll take you to an ideal cartoon in the quickest possible time.

All our cartoons are tagged with around 50 words relating to possible themes. We have A LOT of cartoons so be as specific as you can when searching via tags. For example 'Dog' will bring up a whole bunch of wonderful dog cartoons but you may want to narrow it a bit. By adding another search term - 'bite' or 'puppy' or 'homework' - you'll get something closer to what you need, quicker.

We also tag cartoons with words relating to their use. So, if you're doing a presentation on 'motivating employees' say, or 'increasing productivity in the work place', type in 'motivation' or 'productivity' and you'll get targeted results.

In the 'Advanced Search' box you have the option of excluding tags from your search. Dead helpful when you want a cartoon about something like 'talking a lot of hot air' but are getting too many 'hot air balloon' jokes. Put 'balloon' in the 'Do not include:' box and problem solved.

Search by Caption

So, you've seen a cartoon somewhere and it had the perfect punchline for your project, or you know exactly the joke you want to make, but how do you find it? Easy. Use our caption search. Input words from the caption into the caption box and we'll return the results that match

Search by Category

If you find your tags are delivering irrelevant cartoons you may need to specify the category; it's no good looking at all the 'bull' and 'bear' jokes in our database when what you want is a comment on the stock market. We have nearly 50 categories to narrow it down.

Or maybe you're not exactly sure what you're looking for? Just wanted to make your document dazzle or spice up your sales-pitch with a humorous touch? No problem. Our categories give you a broader search to get your creative juices flowing. Pick from nearly 50 categories. The results will be many but we're sure you'll get inspired. When you get an idea you can filter the search by adding a keyword or two; then sit back and enjoy until you locate the ideal gag.

Search by Search ID

If you have been on the site before or been recommended a cartoon specifically you may have a catalog Search ID. This is by far the quickest way to find a particular image: simply type the Search ID into the search box and away you go.

Similarly, if you find the perfect image take a note of the Search ID so you'll always be able to find it and share it.

Search by Collection

We have such a variety of Cartoon styles on the site, that we split all of our cartoons into three main collections:

Main Archive

A searchable database of over 500,000 gag cartoons, political cartoons, cartoon pictures and illustrations by more than 900 cartoonists.

NewsCartoons

Topical cartoons illustrating all the latest news items worldwide. New cartoons, by top artists, are being uploaded constantly.

VintageCartoons

VintageCartoons is a database of many of the most important American and British historical cartoons, depicting famous topics and characters from the 19th century and earlier by the most famous cartoonists of all-time.

Try breaking your search down by selecting and searching within the collection which fits best with your cartoon needs.

Search by Color or Orientation

Search by Color or Orientation Filter your search to give more relevant results by stating whether your project would suit a 'black & white' or 'color' image better, or whether the orientation should be 'portrait' (tall and thin) or 'landscape' (short and fat).

Sorting the results

After you've got your results you can also sort them to make your selection task even easier.

'Best Match' gives you the most relevant matches first.

'Best Sellers' allows you to sort results in order of our best selling cartoons.

'Upload Date' gives you the newest cartoons added to the site.