The Luck of the Draw in Downsizing


Occasionally you do a cartoon that you know is going to sell.

I remember sitting in a big corporate meeting where they’d flown everyone in for the weekend. I was daydreaming through another entirely too earnest presentation and this idea popped into my head. And I knew right then and there that this would sell, probably to one of the bigger magazines.

A few weeks later it sold to Reader’s Digest.

Of course more often I’ve been surprised at who bought what, but over the years, when I’ve had that feeling about a cartoon, I’ve been right most of the time. I can’t explain it, but I’m always hoping that it happens more often.

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonistAbout: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website,, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons Cartoon blog.

Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.