It’s A Deal

Small Business Cartoon: Ideas Lighting Up

One way I jump start my cartoon writing is to take a scene I know well (meeting, psychiatrist, restaurant) and throw in something random to see what happens.

I do lots of people sitting at tables with paperwork, but it’s always people. So, to challenge myself, I add a dog.

That opens up all sorts of doors. Can the dog talk? What does it want? Where is it’s owner? What if I brought in a cat?

The thing my own dog values above all else is a good tummy rub, so the above cartoon was born. I get a cartoon, and my dog got an extra treat and a tummy rub. Good girl!


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,

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  1. Mark: What type (breed) of dog do you have? I am a cat person. 🙂 Have a nice weekend!

  2. She’s a mutt that’s dumb as a bag of hammers, but the sweetest bag of hammers you’ll ever find.

  3. Another intellectual cartoon with a great sense of humor, that made my day.

  4. Just rub my tummy and I’ll scratch your back…LOL, I really enjoyed this one. Dry humour is my kind of humour, and it doesn’t get much drier than this. Mark, you are a true legend, sir!