Follow That Cartoon (Part 6)

Welcome back to Follow That Cartoon! A series of entries in which I track the creation, submissions, and, hopefully, the sale of this cartoon:

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So last time I reported that this had been passed over by Reader’s Digest. The good news, though, was I sold two other cartoons to them, so it’s kinda hard to complain.

Anyway, this shipped out again this morning to Harvard Business Review. I don’t think it has a chance in hell of being purchased there (it really doesn’t fit their content), but I’ve been wrong before.

In any case, HBR sees most of my stuff right after the Digest, so we’ll see what happens.

BTW, a fond farewell to the current/former cartoon submissions editor at HBR. She was just wonderful to work with, and was kind enough to drop me a lovely farewell note this morning. Here’s my favorite part:

I have one up in my cube right now, of two hunters warily surveying a bear with a heart taped to his chest: “Careful, Don. Maybe he’s a Care Bear and maybe he ain’t.” It’s one of my favorites and makes me smile every time I glance over at it.

That’s what every cartoonist hopes for, I think. It’s what Lynn Johnston called “fridge space” when I met her a few years back. To know that someone liked your cartoon enough to cut it out and tape it up somewhere… That’s the best compliment you can get.

Anyway, I’ll letcha know when it gets rejected…

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6 thoughts on “Follow That Cartoon (Part 6)”

  1. TWO RD sales?! I bow to your talent. If I sold just one I'd run a lap around the office (about five feet when it was wedged into a corner of our bedroom — I know, that's a lot of exercise for an guy in his forties, but luckily the celebratory lap was rarely required.)

    And though I don't have a copy to put on the fridge, the Care Bear cartoon you described made me smile as well.

  2. Congratulations on RD sales, Mark. Norman held four of mine, but none made final selection. Of course, I can't expect to sell any from first batch of my life. If it's (name deleted) at HBR you're referring to, any info who will be replacing her?

  3. Generally when submitting stuff like this to women's magazine, I try to make the man the butt of the joke.

    It's kinda like not doing "management is evil' cartoons for my business clients.

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