How to Deal with a Bad Hand


Years ago I did a cartoon about a down-on-his-luck playing card sitting in an alley with a little sign that read “Please help. Lost in shuffle.” It sold immediately and one of my cartoonist friends remarked that he loved when I did anthropomorphic playing card cartoons. So every so often I try to think up new ways to have living breathing playing cards interact.
The thing is, they’re also a bear to draw. You have to get things just right (just enough detail, but not too much) for them to read well, and it takes forever. But when I come up with a gag like this that I really like, I make sure to make time.

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,