Every state is starting to open up from their shelter-in-place orders. President Trump is insisting that states open faster, threatening to override the decisions of governors. The quarantining at home has taken a heavy toll on regular folks, which is the topic of my cartoon.
People tell me that they want to see my rough sketches, so here you go. I only drew the family in the bottle once, but I moved their eyeballs for the second panel.
Every so often I make an error and I draw a right hand where there should be a left hand, or a left foot where there should be a right foot, and I get letters from readers pointing out the error with glee, as if they had solved a puzzle and deserve a prize for informing me about an important issue that demands my attention.
When I was a kid and a fan of Marvel Comics, I remember how Stan Lee handled these letters by giving readers, who found similar errors, a “no-prize.” My friends used to argue about what a “no-prize” consisted of, without it ever occurring to them that a “no-prize” could actually be no prize.
I’ve decided to embrace this phenomenon. In this cartoon I have a family of four stuffed in the bottle, and they have five left hands. That makes me laugh. I’m watching my email box.
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