The Firm’s Success Did Not Come Without Setbacks

Oxford Comma Business Cartoon

So this is a fairly normal cartoon. You take a phrase, play with the language, add a little surprise. Standard issue.

Unfortunately, upon taking another look at it, I noticed that while someone snuck in a however, I apparently left out a few commas. The caption should read “We did it, no ifs, ands, or buts. But …”

As a huge proponent of the Oxford comma, my apologies.


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,

2 Reactions
  1. Setbacks are to be expected. Even if you have a 100% smooth operation, setbacks are still bound to be there. So best be prepared.

  2. A review of success is essential. Sometimes, it looks like success on the surface but there may be some hidden problems.