Fired And Seeing Other Companies

Unleashing Bold Initiatives

They say the roots of comedy are conflict. For example, a sales graph cartoon showing record profits isn’t nearly as funny as one where everything is going horribly wrong. But when it comes to firing one of my characters in a cartoon, even those that clearly deserve it, I find I have a soft spot.

I was laid off once, and while it inspired me to launch my cartooning career, it was truly an emotionally wrenching experience. So even while I’m poking fun, I tend to try to cushion the blow for my soon to be unemployed cast, as evidenced by the cartoon above.

True, being fictional they don’t have a lot to worry about, but I can’t help but let them down as easy as I can. I don’t think you ever forget the pain of an unexpected job loss.

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,