the wee nudge


[“Hugged”, which went out earlier this morning in the newsletter. You can buy the print here etc.]

These days I’m finding myself writing less about my usual sex/angst/alienation shtick, and more and more about business and entrepreneurship, hence the cartoon above. As my interests evolve, so does the subject matter. It’s really that simple.

I want to draw cartoons that entertain people, sure, but perhaps more importantly, I want to draw cartoons that push people in the right direction; the direction they wanted to go in, anyway.

That’s what all my favorite artists have always done for me, after all. Their work always gave me a wee nudge etc. I’m just trying to follow their example.

Whether we’re talking Rembrandt, Shakespeare, The Rolling Stones, Charlie Brown, or the unknown graffiti artist from the wrong side of the tracks- that’s what “Art” is really all about, at the end of the day. The Wee Nudge.

And even if you’re not an “Artist” per se, whether you’re a techie, salesman, consultant, plumber or whatever, surely the work you do should somehow give people that same “Wee Nudge”, in your own unique way? If not, what’s stopping you? What’s stopping anybody?

I think it’s career suicide not to, frankly…

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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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