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.


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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