I have a bag of tricks I dip into when writing my cartoons. One of them is searching the paper for buzzwords or catchphrases. Another is, when I’m stuck, anthropomorphize something. (I want credit for spelling that correctly the first time I typed it.)
This cartoon came out of a particularly grueling writing session where I used pretty much every technique and trick I’ve ever learned to squeeze three cartoons out after about two hours.
I’d read “provide the direction we’ve been needing” in the business section and had jotted it down. After some time I looked to the animal kingdom for something that really needed direction and, Houston, we have a cartoon.
Sometimes you just have to sweat it out.
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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.