November 30, 2015


Professional cartoonist Mark Anderson, owner of Andertoons, brings readers a new business cartoon each week. He also adds the “backstory” about how he came up with the creative idea behind the cartoon.

For a selection of cartoons you are free to download for use in blogs, presentations and newsletters, go to our Business Cartoons Gallery.


There’s Plenty of Company in “The Trough of Sorrow”

If you're a plucky startup company that has lost its pluck lately, no worries. You're not alone. Consider spinning this difficult time positively, even if that's by giving it a really cool, though somewhat negative, name.


If Dogs Ran Your Small Business

When you have the ability to plop pets into otherwise ordinary business situations, the jokes basically write themselves.


How Holiday Daydreams Inspired Drooping Sales Figures

Is it too soon to start thinking about the holidays that round out the calendar year? Actually, cartoonist Mark Anderson also finds that ideas he has during the holiday season can inspire the whole year long.


Does Your Business Need a Little Dumb Luck?

This cartoon celebrates the elements in business that can't be controlled. Of course, no self-respecting entrepreneur should ever leave his or her success in the hands of fate. But sometimes it's cathartic to laugh in its face just the same.


Never Mind the “Looming Specter” Floating Above You

Ever hear a phrase in conversation with a colleague or client that makes you sit up and take notice? If you're a cartoonist like Mark Anderson, it may even cause a funny image to pop into your brain. Here Anderson explains how even a phrase read or heard in passing can be solid gold in his business. Enjoy!


Next Year, I’m Buying My Phone a First-Class Ticket to Somewhere Else

You know the promises you make about leaving work behind while on vacation. Unfortunately, like most, you're probably better at making those promises than keeping them. The cartoon above suggests maybe it's time to send your work gadgets on a vacation of their own.


Memories of Office Lunches Past

It could be one of the most abused appliances in the appliance world. The break room refrigerator can be a treasure trove, though. It's probably where you left that banana a few months ago. Be warned, opening the door can bring on a flood of sme ... er, memories.