Cartoonist Mark Anderson shares the personal anecdote behind today's cartoon:
I'm not a last minute kind of guy. I check and update my calendar regularly, I never miss a deadline, and I usually arrive just a minute or two early wherever I go. But sometimes you have to wait until the very end for a great cartoon.
It's happened to me a few times; I write a cartoon, sketch it, ink it, and then it hits me -- it's not very good. So I've got some nice art with a mediocre caption and I set my brain to work.
With the above cartoon the original caption was "Quick hint - tell him there's a character limit. Millennials like that." The person at the computer was also supposed to look distraught. It just didn't work.
Thankfully, nothing stimulates my creativity like an impeding deadline. I rethought it taking more of a Facebook slant, changed the expression on the person's face from frown to smile, and voila! A really nice cartoon. I'm just glad not every cartoon happens this way.
Cartoonist Mark Anderson lives in the Chicago area with his wife, their children, two cats, a dog and several dust bunnies. Publications that use his cartoons include Reader's Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Forbes, Barrons, Woman's World, Harvard Business Review, Saturday Evening Post, American Legion Magazine, Funny Times and many more.