Mailbox! – Legal Throwdown Edition

Andertoonsmailbox-2 1Got this today:

Your cartoon with 2 women, where one states that she has decided to quit sleeping her way to the top and second base her way to middle management, is very offensive, and could result in a sexual harassment lawsuit, for you and/or anyone who posts or shares it. Thought you would like to know. If in doubt, you may want to have an attorney or compliance export review cartoons, of this nature.

Oh good heavens…

Make sure you tell PETA about that “…no one knows you’re a dog” cartoon too.

Here’s the cartoon.

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The Email I Hate Most – Mailbox

Andertoonsmailbox-2I get this email about once a week from various folks who come across our favorite cartoon website:

Looking for the cartoon that has General Custer on the front line, battling Indians with handguns and rifles. Standing in the wings is a salesman with a Gatling gun (early machine gun). The caption reads: “I havenÂ’t got time to see a salesman. What we’Â’re using works just fine.”

Can you tell me where to find it?

Ugh… Seriously, once a week.

I just got it again from a nice fellow, but every time I see “I haven’t got time to see a salesman,” I want to scream!

Anyone know who did the original on this, his/her address, and sleeping habits?

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Orange Alert

I recently got two emails about this cartoon.

Here’s the first:

Dear Sir, I dont understand this joke. Please explain it to me.

And the second:

Today’s cartoon, “This, my fellow poets, is the enemy,” LOVED IT!

Obviously I like the second email better, but, honestly, I sorta knew this’d be obscure when I did it.

Here’s the thing, first writer: nothing rhymes with “orange.”

Seriously. Go ahead and try it.

So the joke is that a group of poets (folks who rhyme a lot of the time) would really hate that word.

Why do a cartoon that 99.9% of the population won’t get? That’s the great thing about being an independent cartoonist – I can do whatever I think is funny.

And the .1% of people who get an oddball cartoon like this, generally think it’s really funny.

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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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