This is a drawing I did for a postcard for The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. They wanted to make a card to publicize my show, and I tried to think of something funny that represented my years in the business. Actually, the piles of drawings should be much taller and more numerous, since I have been drawing since I was eight. But you get the idea. The cat: well, I am not a crazy cat person, although I have always had at least one cat. This little orange guy represents all the cats I’ve had. Dogs are equally important to me, but I really had to pick only one animal for the drawing.
In a twitter interview yesterday (yes, you heard right, a twitter interview), I was asked when I started drawing. Many of us cartoonists started when we were young as a coping mechanism. For whatever reason, many of us felt–and still feel–like we don’t fit in. So drawing was a way to be busy and not look like you were feeling left out; and to get attention from the cool kids. This is still what it’s like. My new book is a lot about issues of fitting in. But it is good for cartoonists to be on the fringe of society, that way we can watch everyone better.
I’m just glad you chose a cat instead of a dog. I mean, really, the dog might eat the drawings. The cat will, at worst, choose to sit on the drawing currently in progress.
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