the “commitment” cartoon, 1998


“Com­mit­ment” [First published here.]

Within 1 week of mee­ting this per­son you rea­lize that not only have you found your soul­mate, but you’ve found your soul­mate who likes to have sex 4 times a day in the bed, on the dining table, on the kitchen floor, in the chan­ging rooms at Bloomingdale’s etc.

Within 2 weeks you’re already tal­king about moving in together.

Within 3 weeks you’re tal­king about having babies together.

Within 4 weeks you rea­lize this per­son is a com­plete psycho­path.

Within 5 weeks this per­son also thinks you’re a com­plete psycho­path.

Within 6 weeks you’re sit­ting at a res­tau­rant with an old friend who is giving you the “How come you only call me when you’re sin­gle” speech.

Last night I was in the West Village bar I drew that cartoon in, back in 1998. The cartoon ended up in the book

[Backs­tory: About Hugh. E-mail Hugh. Work with Hugh. Twit­ter. Cartoon Archive. News­let­ter. Book. Inter­view One. Inter­view Two. EVIL PLANS. Limi­ted Edi­tion Prints. Essen­tial Rea­ding:Everything You Always Wan­ted To Know About ‘Cube Gre­na­des’ But Were Afraid To Ask.”]

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
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His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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Last year my State of the College address was 76 slides loaded with data. This year it was 14 cartoons that were substantially more memorable.

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In moments of indecision I glance at the wall [to Hugh's work] for guidance.

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