What Would Cheer You Up?


My adult daughter tweeted this morning, ‘the earth is not a very stable place.’ I have written about this before: how does one create humor on the day after a horrific natural disaster? At least with the uprisings in the Middle East, one can create meaningful cartoons about revolution or dictators. But natural occurrences are tough. I can shut off my attention to the news, but then I rely on the news to inspire me. The best thing to do is to pay attention to what’s going on, but then zero in on something else.

Each week, I draw around 6-10 cartoons to send to The New Yorker.  Since there is lag time between when I draw it and they (possibly) buy it and run it, if I do a political cartoon in that batch, it has to be something that I think will last a week or more. And I can’t publish any cartoon here unless the magazine sees it first.

Usually, when I start a blog post, I think about what’s happening,  take a cartoon from my many folders on my computer and upload it to the post window.  Then what I write is in response to the cartoon I have chosen. Today, I am thinking: what would cheer you up? Hopefully, the cartoon above made you smile.

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About Liza Donnelly

Cartoonist and writer and live drawer for The New Yorker, CBS News. Speaker for TED and others. Books: Women On Men, http://www.narrativemagazine.com/store/book/women-men
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