Costs Are Skyrocketing

Unleashing Bold Initiatives

Part of me is always on the lookout for words, phrases, or situations I might use in a cartoon.

After so many years it’s not even a conscious thing anymore. It’s just always there below the surface, and occasionally something trips my cartoon radar and I jot it down.

I remember hearing a business story on the radio and the phrase “costs are skyrocketing” popped out at me. It’s so common that you generally ignore it, but “skyrocketing,” when examined more closely, opens up a lot of opportunities, like the cartoon above.


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. Mark,

    I will show you cartoon to a person who is in the fireworks business.

  2. Good call. Thanks for the tip.

  3. This cartoon reminds me of my very first board presentation for a NY stock exchange company. We were at the presentation rehearsal when the CEO of the company gave us these two tips: 1) don’t be late for the cocktail hour and 2) show us upwardly sloping line graphs in pretty colors. We like that. That’s when I got this very same image in my mind. Thanks for the memories, Mark 🙂

  4. Talk about explosive growth…LOL

    The value of the good pun can never be underestimated! This is the first time I encounter your work, Mark, and I like your sense of humor. Andertoons is now one of my bookmarks, and I am a convert! Good work man!