Invoice “Re-consideration” Request

Andertoonsmailbox-1-1Got this a while back from a largish textbook client, and thought it’d be interesting to post:

Dear Mark,

Invoice # REMOVED for permission to use REMOVED and REMOVED

We have received from REMOVED the invoice for your kind permission to use two of your cartoons in REMOVED

Many thanks for this, but before I pass it for payment, I just wanted to check the invoice total of REMOVED – I realise this is for two cartoons, but it is the highest charge for any cartoon being used in this book. As REMOVED is a not-for-profit organisation, I would appreciate any re-consideration of this sum that you can give at this time.

As soon as I hear back from you I will pass the invoice for payment.

With all good wishes


So here’s the gist:

  1. We wanted the cartoons
  2. We agreed to the price
  3. We’re printing the book with your cartoons
  4. But now we want to pay you less

Ummmm…. No.

Nice try. Someone there has some chutzpah, but no.

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Mailbox – Brown Bear Edition

Andertoonsmailbox-1 I don’t normally post the few complimentary emails I receive in Mailbox, but, hey, it’ll be a nice change of pace.

This from a woman who used this cartoon to open a presentation:

So I decided that I really needed to set the stage for the comic (Brown Bear) to be best received by 35 brand new teachers at 8 am in the morning and here’s what I did:

I asked them if they were all familiar with Brown Bear and held up the book and they all nodded. I told them that I realized we had a long day ahead of us but that I wondered what in th eworld happens to storybook characters after the film crew leaves and Eric Carle packs up and returns to wherever. What did those forest animals do while they were living off the land and their royalty checks. Then I put up the overhead of your comic and there was dead silence and then substantial laughter – then I said, sounds like the squirrel wished he had had the lead role…thanks, it was fun 🙂

See, this is what I love about doing business online. I do this relatively obscure cartoon about a children’s book, and someone finds it and is able to use it.

Anyway, thanks for the lovely email!

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Mucho Mailbox!

AndertoonsmailboxYes, it’s mailbox time again! Let’s see what people are emailing me lately…

I enjoy cartoons. Be anything!

Good for you. You too!

hey do you have any colored cartoons i am tired of black and white holla.

I’m not up on slang (although I recently did a cartoon involving some bling), so I actually Googled “holla” and got this from


1. A way for a brotha to say he wants to get in your pants

2. A pimp ass way of saying ‘what up’

3. May be used to end a conversation

So I can sleep at night, I’ll assume this person intended definition number three. (And yes, I do work in color.)

Talk Talk Please !! I made up a cartoon and named it Sammy Kazam!

Sir, please step away from the keyboard. Nice and easy, that’s it. Come on now, I know you don’t want to send that email…

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Mailbox! (It’s been a while…)

Hooboy! Sorry it’s been a while; I’ve been stockpiling some good emails and it’s time to finally clean them out…

“i want to be a cartoonist. I got some cartoons i already did. Where do you go to be a pro cartoonist. one of my cartoon is called cream cheese. Dont steal it.”

I would never steal another cartoonist’s ideas.

BTW, be on the look out for my latest strip submission. It’s called “Neufchatel!”

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