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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“Keep the day job”.

There’s a great article in Slate [Thanks to Austin Kleon for the link] about how a lot of famous artists managed to still do their thing while still holding down a regular, long-term day job. Joseph Cornell, one of my favorite artists, was mentioned: The artist Joseph Cornell struggled with this arrangement. He made his […]

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Culture Hacking: America’s next big industry?

This is how I see it. And it isn’t rocket science: 1. If you want to change your business, you also have to change your culture. If you want to change your culture, you also have to change your art. 2. And that’s where gapingvoid comes in- creating art and ideas that express, reflect, articulate […]

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The gapingvoid Affiliate Program

[Sign up here] We’ve started an affiliate program! As you know, we pay our bills by selling prints and tee shirts of our art (along with a lot of cool animation and corporate work).  I wanted to let you know that we recently set up gapingvoid on the Linkshare network (an affiliate program) so that our friends […]

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What is a “Cultural Object”?

[More thoughts on The Rackspace Book…] 6. ROB LA GESSE Rob La Gesse is the groovy cat who first hired gapingvoid at Rackspace. He’s also the guy who hired my friend, Robert Scoble. He’s a lot like me and Scoble, i.e. very much his own man, very much an individual. I suppose that’s why we […]

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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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the ‘not delusional’ print

Really pleased about this. The “Not Delusional” cartoon that I posted a few weeks ago is now available as a print… [About Hugh. Car­toon Archive. Com­mis­sion Hugh. Sign up for Hugh’s “Daily Car­toon” News­let­ter.]

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“people are using social media to make money? shock! horror!”

I drew the cartoon above over five years ago. It still applies. Brian Clark and I were chatting on the phone yesterday about the end of the “Utopian” phase of blogging and social media. Yes, all that talk about “Conversation”, “The Social Graph”, “End of Marketing”, “Advertising Is Dead”, “Authenticity”, “Transparency” and “Bypassing The Gatekeepers” […]

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print profile: “c.f.a.”

From the gapingvoid Gallery: I drew this when I was living in New York, in the late ‘nineties. If you actually listen to me speak, if you actually read my prose writing, you’ll find I don’t swear very often. But somehow it works in cartoons. Especially ones created in New York. This print is one […]

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