Even Snowmen Read the Fine Print

The holidays are hard for cartoonists.

Sure, you have the run of the mill crazy schedules, mall brawling, and cabin fever, but there’s the added pressure of trying to come up with fresh cartoons.

Some holidays give you a lot to work with, but even so, you’re going up against a hundred years or so of people doing seasonal gags, so trying to find new material is rough.

This one came after mulling over Frosty the Snowman’s “two eyes made out of coal.” I remember thinking that it must be great to just throw on two pieces of coal and, POP!, vision! Throw in about an hour of staring out the window, surfing the web, and a little nap, and you get a cartoon that I’m pretty sure hasn’t been done before.

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonist

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.


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. You always bring a nice sense of humor to the site on Fridays. . .I look forward to your cartoons! I like their arms and little twig hands. . .I don’t know why, but they are funny to me!

  2. VERY clever. I haven’t seen this take before, for sure.

  3. Haha! This was a good one…made my day! Thanks Mark and thanks Anita for providing these much needed breaks of levity after a loooong week.

  4. I almost spit my coffee out on this one. Really great comic relief before the crazy holiday week begins. I especially love that the one snowman is even wearing a tie.

  5. “Mall brawling”??? 🙂

  6. I just made that up! Gotta copyright that!

  7. This got me laughing for the first time in what seems like weeks! Even Frosty needs reading glasses. Thanks for coming up with what has to become a classic!

  8. Mark: Have a nice weekend! Stay cool so you don’t melt away! 😉

  9. I’m in Chicago and we got buried in snow last night. I will have absolutely no problem staying cool… 😉

  10. Mark: When I should say stay warm instead! Have a hot cup of tea! 🙂 We have had some few snow flakes in Gothenburg, Sweden, but right now it is + celcius degrees.