When in Doubt, Ask the Spouse


When I’m writing, it’s common for me to run my latest (and hopefully greatest) ideas past my wife.

Normally, I get a laugh or a nod and sometimes a puzzled look, but mostly I just get recognition that it’s pretty good and I move on. But this cartoon had me stumped.

Originally it had the three barbershop quartet members looking sad in a panel with just “Cutbacks” underneath. It was weird, a little sad, but definitely off, which happens. Hey, they can’t all be masterpieces.

But I showed it to my wife and she said, “You should have one of the guys saying it. Like ‘darn cutbacks’ or something.”

She was totally right. I changed it right away and now it’s one of my recent favorite cartoons. I feel like maybe I should have added an ‘s’ after my signature though to give credit where credit is due.

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, Andertoons.com.