i wanted wings


Like I said in IGNORE EVERYBODY, “When your dream become reality, they are no longer your dreams.” This drawing is all about that…

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  1. It is possible to fly whilst having your feet firmly planted on the ground.

  2. As it happens, I’m on my way in a few minutes to the Verizon store to de-activate my Blackberry and re-activate my older, boring flip-phone–no browser, no apps, a crappy camera–just what I need!
    For me, the BB has become much more of an intrusion than a productivity tool. I know plenty of people swear by their BB’s and iphones. If that’s what they need to get their job/life managed, so be it. I still have my Mac Book, etc, but I need SOME space/time when I am not wired in, and ignoring the BB when it chirps and buzzes isn’t working. Plus, about $75/month savings! After that, I’m going shopping for “wings”.

    • Chris, Bravo! You’re sounding a lot like me these days…

      At my office, I actually close my laptop when I have the drawing pens out. I never used to do that; but I’m getting more militant about protecting myself from the incessant buzz of the Always-On culture.

  3. Ah. If pigs could fly…

  4. And when you can’t wake up from them (or realize them), they become nightmares…

  5. I wonder if there are still people who remember what is was like before we had all these gadgets. The freedom of taking a long walk without people being able to find you wherever you go.

    Pretty soon our wildest dreams will become nothing more that the rest of our boring lives… Indeed as soon as you’ve got it, it’s not worth it anymore.

  6. your reality evolves, your dreams evolve, i don’t think anyone can afford for either to stand still


  1. [...] Hugh Macleod is a great example of a Creative who is knotting out his Niche. He is a business card cartoonist, a CEO of a South African winery, he’s written a book on (social media) marketing and has -very successfully- build a Tribe of followers: the Crazy Deranged Fools (there is a newsletter if you want to be in the loop). What he has nailed is combining his talents and uniting his activities under one banner. Basically he is now selling Stormhoek’s wine in Texas through promotion (conversation) which shows his famous cartoons on the bottles and through both his website as well as his promotional work he sells Art prints of the cartoons, and selling his book on Marketing. I find this fascinating, as he successfully blends all his talents, which is not an easy thing to do. [...]

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
Best Selling Author

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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