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When Your Sales Numbers Really Do Stink – Literally!

You hear it not infrequently – “sales are stagnant.” Or some variation thereof. And I think most of us take phrases like that for granted. Not your friendly neighborhood cartoonist. No, these heroic folk seize upon under-explored verbiage and say to themselves, “Ha! Now there’s something that needs to be poked fun at! Sentence-ending prepositions be darned!” Then they get down to the hard work of free association. “Hrm … Stagnant sales … Stagnant … Perhaps a stag? No … Stag-nant party? No … Aha! You know what’s also stagnant? Swamps! Eureka!!” One sales graph and a few stink lines later and all is well again! “Hooray!” shouts the local populace! “Hooray for the cartoonist!” This article, “When Your Sales Numbers Really Do Stink – Literally!” was first published on Small Business Trends

Is the Fat Lady Singing for Your Business?

The trick to this one is you have to know the idiom “it’s not over until the fat lady sings.” I feel like that’s still fairly common, maybe not as prevalent as previous decades, but still in the lexicon I think. I do worry that as I get older my references and word choice seem dated. I also worry that I’m not tapping into current comedy norms. I also worry that my art style will seem old fashioned. But this cartoon still works right? Right? I worry a lot. This article, “Is the Fat Lady Singing for Your Business?” was first published on Small Business Trends

Who Needs Negotiation Skills when You’ve Got Liquor?

I’m not a big drinker. (Well to be fair, I am large, but I don’t drink a lot.) Mostly I’m a craft beer guy, but occasionally I’ll get a screwdriver or an apricot sour. So when I came across “lowball,” associated “highball” with it, and wrote this cartoon, I knew I’d have to do a little research. Apparently there’s a multitude of highball recipes out there, but the tall glass with the lemon wedge seems to be a good identifier. There’s ice too, but I thought that might muddy up the art. I suppose I should have also mixed one up or headed to my local bar for a sample, but I think I’ll stick to my beer. (And they’re easier to draw.) This article, “Who Needs Negotiation Skills when You’ve Got Liquor?” was first published on Small Business Trends

Hello, My Name is … uh …

I’ve done a few name tag cartoons before, but this one was a challenge. You have to place the “camera” further away to show all of the tags, but they also need to read as name tags with different names. There was plenty of zooming and cropping and squinting involved, but I think it turned out well. And I got to put in some family names too! This article, “Hello, My Name is … uh …” was first published on Small Business Trends

Our Metrics Seem Somewhat – Flawed

Mostly when I write I write first and draw later. But when I do sales graph cartoons it’s often backwards. Take this cartoon, for example. I drew this graph and that arrow going back over the axis and pondered it for a while. Then my wife looked over my shoulder and said “what’s going on there?” And I responded “honestly, I have no idea.” And then I had a new graph cartoon. This article, “Our Metrics Seem Somewhat – Flawed” was first published on Small Business Trends

Freelance On Your Own Time

Sometimes you run across the image of an organ grinder and his monkey online and you think to yourself “I bet I could come up with a cartoon about that.” And then you sit and think for a while. And then you think some more. And then you take a shower hoping that will help. Then you sit and think some place else. Then you run some errands. Then you come home and sit and think back in the place you were thinking previously. And you think “I’m never going to crack this organ grinder cartoon!” And you think and think and think and think … And then you go to bed and the idea just appears to you and you think “oh thank God!” and go to sleep. This article, “Freelance On Your Own Time” was first published on Small Business Trends

NOT the Kind of Synergy Between Sales and Marketing We Wanted

I heard something on the radio recently about sales at a company plunging and thought that there’s only a few things that can be described as plunging. Sales plunge. Temperatures plunge. Necklines plunge. You can take the plunge, and you can plunge to your death. And then I thought about plunging something else and this cartoon popped into my head. This article, “NOT the Kind of Synergy Between Sales and Marketing We Wanted” was first published on Small Business Trends

The Candidate for the New Position Quickly Ran Afoul of the Interviewer

Captions are a funny thing (literally and figuratively) — they need to adhere to the rules of good grammar and writing, but they also need to feel like they’re someone actually speaking. For example, there’s a few sentence fragments in this caption, which aren’t great, but when you read it it does feel very verbal. It’s a tricky balance, and I don’t always get it right, but it helps to remember that it’s also a talking chicken. This article, “The Candidate for the New Position Quickly Ran Afoul of the Interviewer” was first published on Small Business Trends

Is Your Business Having Problems with Consistency?

Sometimes a cartoon just hits you out of the blue. No hearing something on the radio. No reading something in a book. No running across a phrase in conversation. Just … BAM! Here’s a cartoon for you! This was one of those. They don’t happen often, but when they do you just draw it up and back away slowly. This article, “Is Your Business Having Problems with Consistency?” was first published on Small Business Trends

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