"Cartoons Drawn On the Back of Business Cards", 15-year anniversary

[“Shark Bar”]

It’s a story I’ve told many times over the years:

When I first lived in Manhat­tan in Decem­ber, 1997 I got into the habit of dood­ling on the back of busi­ness cards, just to give me something to do while sit­ting at the bar. The for­mat stuck.

It was 15 years ago this week that I started this adventure, Christmas, 1997.

Of all the early ones, “Shark Bar” is the oldest one on record [Backstory here]. Here’s a picture I took of the original, five minutes ago:

Over the years I’ve done lots of them. Ten thousand at last count, and that was a few years ago.

I’ve had many adventures in my career; this by far has been the greatest of them. I am so thankful, there are no words.

Merry Christmas, Everybody.


  1. The minute I started to “Ignore Everybody” my life changed immensely.

    As you can tell, a certain book inspired that change. 😉

    It’s amazing what we can start, create, or accomplish once we “let ourselves go” for even a little while.

    Thank you Hugh, and have a great New Year.

  2. I’ve been a subscriber for a while now; couple of years or so… I always look forward to your creative posts and stop by to look, laugh and ponder. Just wanted to check in and wish you a happy holiday season!
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