You know what? I just realized that I've got the material for a cartooning moment in hand. So let's go! This past March 15th, the Wall Street Journal ran a cartoon of mine. And it's common to look at a cartoon and think that what you see is what there always was. But ... not so really.
To illustrate, here's a sequence of four versions of that cartoon. The topmost was what was "bought". I put the quotes because the real message was "We'll buy it if it's put into portrait form and simplified". The WSJ's space always calls for portrait and the original was too landscape. Furthermore, the WSJ prints the toons very verrrrrry small. So lots of lines become lots of mush. Accordingly, I got to work on simplifying and getting the visual to come through more easily. As you can see in the first three, I was still enamored of my cityscape and interior and tried so hard to keep them. But I finally realized it was not going to work and I'd have to get out the editorial scissors and wield them mercilessly. Which brings us to the bottom image; the one that appeared a few weeks ago.
What do you think?