Las Vegas Sun editorial cartoonist gives readers ‘a kind of peek under the circus tent’

One of the Friday Mike Smith Las Vegas Sun editorial cartoons that was rejected
- A rejected Mike Smith editorial cartoon

Greenspun Media Group executive editor Tom Gorman tells Romenesko readers: “Our editorial cartoonist [Mike Smith] at the Las Vegas Sun is starting to post on Facebook the three sketches he prepares daily for his editors to weigh in on. It’s giving readers a nice insight into the mind of an editorial cartoonist — what, he creates 3 cartoons a day and only uses one? … a kind of peek under the circus tent.”

The cartoon above lost out to this panel. (Here’s the rough sketch.)

* Which one of these cartoons would you use? (