Sleeping With Clarence

Here’s your cartoon for this week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday. 

This one was a lot of fun to draw. I sent seven roughs to my editor last week which included this idea. I was going to draw this cartoon for my syndicate if CNN passed it by. I actually felt that way about at least three of the ideas in that batch of seven. I was happy this was selected because it’s the exact kind of weirdness and irreverence I want in my work.

And I got to throw in Easter eggs. I don’t tell people what or where the eggs are. I often hide stuff in my cartoons that is never found by anyone. I never hide something in a cartoon that I think is vulgar or to try to fool an editor. That wouldn’t be professional and I want everything I hide to be found. I want to get caught. What’s the point of hiding things if I don’t want them found?

Jessica, the designer for the newsletter, emailed me saying she was trying to read the sign in the fishbowl when she noticed the alarm clock and she thought that was hilarious. I’ve only heard from one other person who noticed the alarm clock.

I was asked by a lot of readers about the photo on the night table and the guy on the phone. But don’t ask me. You gotta figure it out. It’s my rule. I don’t hide Easter eggs to tell you where they are.

I think the Easter eggs have finally become my thing which is something I never planned. In fact, I never plan them. They just kinda evolve while the cartoon is being made which also makes me put more time into the cartoons. That’s kind of a pain.

Hiding stuff in the cartoons, adding Easter eggs or eye candy, means I create a special audience for my work. If you read this, you’re special. It means you’re almost as weird as I am. But sometimes I think it takes special people to get what I’m doing. Only weirdos want to come along with me for the ride.

Buckle up.

Music note: I listened to Men At Work while coloring this one.

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  1. The “Stop The Steal” sign in the fish bowl took quite the enlargement on my computer screen to read. I actually read the COUP AM before reading on about the Easter eggs. Yay me!

    So, is she talking to Meadows?


  2. I think she’s talking to Eastman. I’m going to have to look through other buddies of hers to figure out the picture on the nightstand – I expect the cigar helps…


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