Gape into the void

[Sent out in yesterday's newsletter. Buy the print here etc.]

Lots of people ask where the name comes from. Here you go, the cartoon was originally published in the Austin Chronicle, while I was attending University of Texas. The fellow peering into the viewer is Gloop, I still draw him today, when I need a kinda lumbering, human, compassionate, slightly pessimistic character. was too long, so I shortened it. The rest, as they say, is history.

The original hangs in the downstairs bathroom in my mother’s house. She was an early fan. Thanks, Mom!


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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.

The New Republic
Lydia Depillis

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.

Len Schlesinger
Former President, Babson College

"There are only two daily newsletters that I look forward to opening and reading every time they show up to my inbox: Seth Godin's and gapingvoid."

Tony Hsieh
CEO, Zappos

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

Brian Clark
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