Mergers Can Be Difficult on Everyone

business mergers cartoon

One of the tricks of writing cartoons is combining things that don’t necessarily go together. Dogs that are mailmen, devils wearing halos, the 3 little pigs and Goldilocks… You look for ways to connect.

So one day I was reading something about children’s literature and they mentioned Cinderella’s wicked step-mother. That got me thinking about her fairy godmother, and once you’ve got both a step-mother and a godmother in the same story, a merger cartoon sort of writes itself.

It took a bit of research to find ways to suggest both characters visually in one person, but it was a challenge I couldn’t resist!

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,