New Year’s Resolutions Are Good But …

A lot of time spent writing cartoons is thinking about words, or, often, a single word.

“Resolution” is, of course, what everyone is contemplating right about now, but it’s also defined as “a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote.” You hear it a lot in legal and political circles, which got me thinking in the direction of this cartoon.

The hardest part was coming up with the legal problem. Homicide? Too violent. Politics? Too easy to offend. But obstruction of justice is nice and vague. And it’s just a goofy phrase.

Kind of a roundabout way to get a cartoon, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonist

About the Author: 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.


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,

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  1. Witty cartoon! Could I link to it when I write a post on this topic? Last year I wrote a post on this issue called Writing Down New Resolving Thoughts. I will write a new one this year, in a few days.

  2. I think what makes these toons all really funny to me is the relatively blank look on their faces . . for some reason, I find that very humorous!

  3. For me good comedians are always the ones who aren’t mugging or calling attention to themselves. So I try to do that with my characters too.

  4. Great work – as usual. While the cartoon image of course is important, the words carry the punchline – your words are always focused and intelligent comedy (and makes me burst out with a laugh!).