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On cartooning

[Originally published, September, 2007] December (2007) marks the 10-year anniversary of my “cartoons drawn on the back of business cards” format. Here’s some random notes on the subject, in no particular order: 1. I came up with the format in early December. I moved to New York about a week and a half later. But […]

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gapingvoid Multi-packs

Harold Jarche, a favorite Canadian of mine, just posted this photo of some of his new gapingvoid business cards that just arrived in the mail. As I’m publishing these with my old friends at Moo Cards, when you order a set, you can have more than one design per pack. So you can hand out […]

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Our new business card :)

This is our latest business card design. Very cool. Again, I’ll point to what  I said in The Hughtrain, way back in in 2004: “The har­dest part of a CEO’s job is sha­ring his enthu­siasm with his collea­gues, espe­cially when a lot of them are making one-fiftieth of what he is. Selling the com­pany to the […]

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“All Art Is Religious Art”

56. ALL ART IS RELIGIOUS ART. [Just added the following to “The Art Of Not Sucking” etc.] Long before I acqui­red even the fain­test inte­rest in modern art, I was down visi­ting my dad in Hous­ton, han­ging out with a college buddy, Andrew. We were both about twenty at the time. Loo­king for something to do, […]

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Make Every Work Of Art Like It’s Your Last.

“Live each day as if it were your last,  for one day it will be.” Though Marcus Aurelius’ Third-Century advice sounds terrific, it’s probably the hardest piece of advice in the world to follow. In Robert Altman’s 1992 movie, “The Player”, David Kahane, an unsuccessful screenwriter is randomly murdered. At his funeral, his friend Phil […]

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Beware of the “Big Moments”

[Diary entry, May 2008] Though I started doing my “Cartoons drawn on the back of business cards” in December, 1997, it took me a few months to really get into it… as this photo from my old 1998 diary shows. At first, I thought I should just do a few dozen of them for kicks […]

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[Buy the print here etc.] This is an old cartoon of mine, dating from circa 1994. The original was small, 4” x 6”; I was already starting to shrink my preferred format down to my now-familiar “cartoons drawn on the back of business cards”. It’s amazing how strange and sad sleeping alone feels, if you’re […]

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The “Find-Hate-Lose-Repeat” Cycle will kill you eventually. You do know that, right?

The good news is, this is my favorite cartoon I’ve done in the last few weeks. And judging by the number of likes I got on Instagram, y’all seem to agree, for the most part. The bad news is, how many people can relate to it, from painful experience. Far, far too many. The Find-Hate-Lose-Repeat […]

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In Praise of “Small Art”.

A friend of mine was in Paris last week, where she went and checked out the massive Anish Kapoor sculpture, Monumenta 2011, now on exhibit at Le Grand Palais. This got me thinking… I like Kapoor’s work. He makes very big art. I, on the other hand, make very small art i.e. the “cartoons drawn […]

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