I read a lot of cartoon books. The one wall of my studio is almost entirely covered in cartoon collections going back probably 75 years.
They’re a great source of inspiration, and a terrific way to jumpstart my brain when I need to write. After reading a bunch of Chon Day, Henry Martin, or Peter Arno, you find yourself looking at things differently and slipping more gently into the rhythm of a good caption.
This cartoon came after flipping past one of those “statue-of-a-great-man-in-the-park” cartoons. There’s a lot of ways to do that – boring man, pigeons, great man doing something terrible – but then this twist on it hit me.
Normally I run captions past my wife to test them out. But this one, I drew up first because it’s mostly a visual gag. She said, “It’s weird, but it made me laugh.” And that’s good enough for me.