Being a cartoonist is (mostly) fun. Yes, you have to deal with unrelenting deadlines, odious tax forms and computer meltdowns (the only things I miss about working in an office are tech support and the stationery cupboard), but mostly it is ace. This week, I got to draw a lot of hamsters.
Every two weeks, I try to come up with about 21 Arctic Circle ideas. Being a daily comic, this means I can build up a backlog for when I’m travelling, or deluged by other clients’ deadlines. To come up with ideas, I read a lot of news, blogs and other posts about the environment, science and technology. This week, I read that French hamsters are becoming cannibalistic because of eating too much corn. It’s lucky that doesn’t happen to humans, else some people would be in trouble, given the Western diet. So there will be a couple of AC comics about that for sure.
The other hamster I had to draw was for a lovely Australian client of mine, CSIRO. I illustrate their puzzles page and it happened to feature a hamster (not a cannibal in this case).
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I love getting letters. The real ones are best, but very rare. I have a friend who I have written to since we were in school. During the summer holidays we would often exchange 3 or 4 letters over the six weeks. Now we write once or twice a year, but I relish getting those pages of news, views and illustrations.
Email letters aren’t quite the same, but when I see one from a friend I haven’t heard from in a while and open it up and find it is more than a couple of lines, I make a cup of tea, sit down and enjoy being transported into their world for a few minutes.
I subscribe to a few email newsletters. Some of them are good for getting information (Amy Lynn Andrews’s Useletter is full of technology tips for those who work from home) and some of them are fun and lovely to look at (the illustrator, Wendy MacNaughton’s is a personal favourite).
My Illustrated Epistle probably won’t have much useful information, but I hope you find it fun and worth making a cup of tea for.
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