Dear Recycled Paper Greetings, I GET IT! – Mailbox

Normally I save my Mailbox entries for goofy emails I get, but today’s mail was goofier than normal, so here it is:

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Let’s see… The top left is copy of Reader’s Digest from my editor. I’m in the October 2006 issue (page 13)…


…with this cartoon. Nice.

The bottom right are a few rejections from Harvard Business Review. Pretty standard, and I sold them recently.

But the big brown envelope underneath is a load of rejected material from Recycled Paper Greetings.

You might remember a particularly crappy rejection letter from RPG a while back. Well, since then I’ve gotten a few of these packs back from them. Today’s is pretty typical:

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Five packs I sent out between March 2, 2006, and April 4, 2006. Two opened, the other three unopened.

I’m fine with rejection, and I haven’t sent them anything since their “dear God, stop sending us stuff” letter. But, criminy, enough with the rubbing salt in the wound already!


It’s pretty clear that not only did they not take the time to even look at most of what I sent them (even though they took seven months, and accept, hell, solicit submissions), but they clearly didn’t read the little postcard I include with everything I send out. (Ironically, it was paper-clipped to the top of today’s returned stack.)

“To save on postage, I no longer ask for my cartoons to be returned to me via SASE. Instead, please indicate your intentions by checking off an option below and returning this card to me. Please recycle any unwanted cartoons.”

No, you read that right…

Please recycle any unwanted cartoons.

You’d think Recycled would understand this. But no, they send back mostly unreviewed submissions Priority Mail. What a waste of postage, energy, and time.

It’s very clear RPG doesn’t want to do business with me. OK. I don’t need or want Recycled’s business.

I work with a number of greeting card companies, and I have one in the wings that I’m very excited about. (More later…)

But enough already with the packs.

I think next time I’m gonna refuse it and let them choke on it when it comes back.

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The Duck Factory

Loyal reader and commenter, Fontessa, and I were discussing the lack of a hunky cartoonist archetype on TV. (See comments on this post.)

She was kind enough to remind me of a few cartoonist characters from boob tube history, although I wouldn’t call any of them hunky. (OK, maybe Ted Knight.)

But here’s one I bet most of you don’t recall:


Anyone remember who played the main character, cartoonist Skip Tarkenton?

Jim Carrey.

OK, he’s not exactly hunky either, but I’d say his career has turned out OK.

I actually remember watching this when I was growing up. It ran on NBC in 1984 for 13 episodes.

If memory serves, one character was a hooker. During the show I remember asking my Mom what a hooker was. I think that was pretty much the end of “The Duck Factory” for me. (Can someone verify the hooker character? Or do I have more to discuss with my therapist?)

Anyway, for the curious, here’s’s info, IMDB’s page, and, in the interest of completeness, the theme song.

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