Believe It or Not, He’s had a Few Assistants Quit on Him


Stuck Business Cartoon

I’m going to talk about this cartoon not so much for what’s in it, but for what’s not. The name of the person on the other end of the phone.

Normally, I have a specific name there to help ground the cartoon in a little specificity, but this time I think I thought about it too much.

Should it be female? Sara? Stephanie? Cathy? Maybe on older name? Phyliss? Agnes? Edna? Should it be male? Tom? Phil? Brian? Bryan? Should it signify an ethnicity? Should it not? Should it be long? Short? Maybe a surname? Ugh…

In the end, after much overthinking, I just chose to go nameless and justify it as expediency instead of taking the coward’s way out. Which I totally didn’t.

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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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