“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 […]

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My Christmas Message:

[Link:] Per­so­nent Hodie. 1. Per­so­nent hodie voces pue­ru­lae, lau­dan­tes iucunde qui nobis est natus, summo Deo datus, et de vir­gi­neo ven­tre proc­rea­tus. 2. in mundo nas­ci­tur, pan­nis invol­vi­tur prae­sepi poni­tur sta­bulo bru­to­rum, rec­tor super­no­rum. per­di­dit spo­lia prin­ceps infer­no­rum. 3. magi tres vene­runt, par­vu­lum inqui­runt, par­vu­lum inqui­runt, ste­llu­lam sequendo, ipsum ado­rando, aurum, thus, et myrrham ei offe­rendo. 4. […]

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No Jokes

[Sent out earlier in today’s newsletter…] I am fortunate to have lived in Britain. It taught me JUST HOW DIRE some office parties can be. They have Christmas-office-party direness down to an art form. So I wanted to make a Xmas cartoon that paid tribute to that. With a great deal of affection, I might […]

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merry christmas, everybody!

[Link:] Personent Hodie. 1. Personent hodie voces puerulae, laudantes iucunde qui nobis est natus, summo Deo datus, et de virgineo ventre procreatus. 2. in mundo nascitur, pannis involvitur praesepi ponitur stabulo brutorum, rector supernorum. perdidit spolia princeps infernorum. 3. magi tres venerunt, parvulum inquirunt, parvulum inquirunt, stellulam sequendo, ipsum adorando, aurum, thus, et myrrham ei […]

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