December 22, 2014

Temporary Invincibility, Impervious to Damage: A Game Changer

a game changer cartoon

You end up doing a lot of strange research as a cartoonist.

I’d run across the phrase “total game changer” and thought it would be fun to do a cartoon where someone gets something from a video game that fundamentally changes things. Hence the power-up star from Super Mario.

But I had to take some time and dig into Super Mario power-ups to make sure it worked and made sense. The Super Mushroom? Good, but not big enough a change for the joke. Fire Flower? OK, but what sort of advantage would that give a businessperson?

So I settled on the Star and temporary invincibility. Recognizable, powerful and iconic.

OK, back to work. I need to find some good pictures of kangaroos and get up to speed on the Bermuda Triangle.

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Mark Anderson


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website, Andertoons.com.

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  1. I don’t really think the explanation of the cartoon is necessary. It’s like explaining a joke. Cartoon is awesome though.

  2. Mark: Have you heard about “Star dot me”? I have some gold stars there. Click on my name if you want to know more how to “star your friends for being awesome”… *** :)

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