Cartoon Close-Up – Busey

Cartoon Close-Up is a recurring feature where I highlight Andertoons cartoon subscriberscustom cartoon clients, and customers who just buy the occasional cartoon.

A Cartoon Close-Up – Busey

This edition’s answers come from subscriber Erin Brownlow at Busey.

1) Tell me a little about yourself and your job.

I support Busey’s commercial & cash management sales teams and manage our corporate websites. I love that my job involves doing something a little different every day—research, event planning, writing. . . you name it. I am fluent in in movie quotes, love Excel and have a passion for good grammar.

2) How do you use the cartoons from your Andertoons subscription?

A Cartoon Close-Up – Busey

I use Andertoons in weekly communications to business partners and centers of influence in the communities we serve. They provide some much needed levity to emails about financial topics like rates, fraud warnings, regulations and more.

I also love finding and sharing cartoons with my coworkers. The wide variety ensures I can find something for any situation. I also highly recommend signing up for the Daily Cartoon. It’s nice to open my email first thing in the morning and see something fun amid all the financial newsletters.

3) Please give me an example of how someone has responded to a cartoon.

One recipient told me the cartoon is the main reason she opens my emails, and as a bonus, she sometimes reads the rest of the copy!

4) Which cartoon is your personal favorite?

I absolutely love #6326.

A Cartoon Close-Up – Busey

I think we all have both a loathing and a fear of the reply all button, whether it’s because you receive a million responses to something inane or accidentally hit reply all on something you definitely don’t want to share.

5) Where online can people find out more about you?

Visit our website at to learn more about how Busey can help you achieve your financial dreams, or link with me directly at

6) Do you have any questions for me?

Just three:

1. What is your name?
2.What is your quest?
3. What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Ok, maybe one more. You can identify Andertoons just by looking at them – they have a very unique style. Do you draw/paint/doodle in other styles just for fun?

Not really. The thing is I’m completely self-taught. Growing up I of course copied a lot of other cartoonists; I used to trace Peanuts and Spider-Man, and I tried really hard to ape Don Martin there for a while. But other than your standard school art classes, I have no formal art education at all.

As a result, my style evolved really slowly over about 20 years or so and I’m just now getting happy with it. So, long story short, I really don’t know any other way to draw, and even if I wanted to it’d probably be another 20 years before I got good at it.


1. Mark Anderson.

2. To draw cartoons.

3. “If we settle on an intermediate Strouhal value of 0.3: We can estimate the airspeed of the European Swallow to be roughly 11 meters per second (15 beats per second * 0.73 meters per beat).”

Thanks so much to Erin for her time and terrific answers!

If you use Andertoons cartoons and would like to be featured here on the blog and in our monthly newsletter, drop me a line!

(Thanks to to Jonathan Corum for the swallow info!)