I spend a lot of time on little things in my cartoons. You’ve only got a few seconds to present the scene, the characters, and your gag, so little things count.
For this cartoon, I labored over the number in the caption. If “a picture is worth a thousand words,” what would be not only a low value, but the all time low? And is that number funny? (Trust me, some numbers are funnier than others.)
Looking back now, I think 873 might have been better, but as much time as I spend on details, you can’t spend all day on them either.
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About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website, Andertoons.com, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.