Like business, cartooning has its own language. But instead of words like “infrastructure” or acronyms like “CEO”, it’s mostly visual. For example, you might show someone sleeping by drawing ZZZs over their head. Or a cloud with bubbles to signify thought.
One of the things I like best about drawing cartoons is taking convention and poking fun at it, even cartoon conventions.
So one day while drawing a character getting an idea, I stopped for a moment to see if I could write something around the old lightbulb over the head idea, and I got the above idea about an idea having an idea. (It’s best not to think too hard about it.)
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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 blog.