Combating Stage Fright With Imagination

stage fright cartoon

Sometimes you write a cartoon and you don’t realize that you’ve just made your own job really really hard.

This stage fright cartoon is a good example: Hot dog to another with stage fright “Just imagine them without their buns.” A pretty standard takeoff on the old “imagine them in their underwear” public speaking advice.

But once you start drawing it you realize you don’t really know what a backstage area looks like. And you’re going to have to draw an audience. And, oh yes, everyone is an anthropomorphic hot dog.

I’m happy with the way it turned out, but, note to self, no more hot dog cartoons for a while.


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,

4 Reactions

  1. I like how it turned out! But I see what you mean. The background is much more detailed than your typical cartoon.

  2. Martin Lindeskog

    Mark: I got hungry for a hot dog now! I like hot & spicy sausages. It is very interesting to learn about the cartoon process. Have you listened & to (and read) my interviews with editorial cartoonists, John Cox and Allen Forkum?

  3. Heheeeeee, I like that one! Lol! Without their buns!

    OK, so you didn’t realise how much was involved when you started — but would you have not done it if you knew beforehand?

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