Law

The National Law Journal September 3, 1998


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Another of many cartoons I've done for The National Law Journal (the first one was published ten years earlier, in 1988). I particularly like this one because R.J.Nagle is my son-in-law -- but he's not a lawyer.






Florida Bar News, September 1, 1998


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My caption for this cartoon was a much longer one, starting with "Try me . . . " and then going on with a sentence containing the punch line. The cartoon editor of Florida Bar News sent me a note saying she'd like to buy the cartoon, but wanted to run it with just "Try me." as the caption. No way, I replied indignantly, explaining that it simply wasn't a funny caption. She was insistent and I finally caved in, figuring she was the customer. . . she was paying for it . . . it was her publication, etc. Well, that was a long time ago, but I still feel the same way and I'm still curious -- does anybody see any humor in this cartoon as it was finally published?






Sun Magazine, December 28, 2009


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Another cartoon published with my signature cropped off.

Sun, the weekly tabloid which printed this cartoon this week, is famous (or should I say infamous) for merciless cropping of their cartoons. In fact, of the four cartoons published in this issue, there was not a single cartoonist's signature to be seen. I recognized one of them to be in the distinctive, inimitable style of good ol' Bob Vojtko, who hails from Strongsville, Ohio. But, sadly, I couldn't identify either of the other two cartoonists.






Case & Comment, 1988


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Case & Comment was a well-respected, old-line publication for lawyers. Its first issue was in 1894 and its last was in 1990 -- almost 100 years! And best of all, in my opinion, it used cartoons to accompany and lighten up all that legal material.

This cartoon was purchased by the editors for a specific purpose. It was featured in a June 1988 promotional letter sent to their extensive mailing list of lawyers. I was paid a $100 bonus for that use.

Unfortunately, they must have sent it to the law firm that represented the "Toys R Us" merchandising group. As the editors later informed me, it resulted in a "cease and desist" letter and Case & Comment was forced to discontinue the promotion.

Aside: Four years later, The National Law Journal (another one of my markets, by the way) published essentially the same cartoon, but drawn by another cartoonist. The other cartoonist had the chutzpah to use the reverse "R" (Torts "R" Us), which I had been too chicken to use. I figured it was trademarked and would just be asking for trouble. I often wondered whether The National Law Journal received a similar "cease and desist" letter from the Toys "R" Us lawyers.






The Wall Street Journal, December 1, 2000


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Florida Bar News, April 1, 1996


flabarn040196.JPG Was there ever a time when Alex Trebek and "Jeopardy" (my wife's favorite TV show) weren't around? I worked for a long time on "Jeopardy" gags and finally came up with this one, which I thought was pretty good. I spent a lot of time wording the caption "just right", and even tried to make the character look reasonably like Mr. Trebek.

However, my opinion of the worthiness of the gag wasn't shared by the cartoon editors -- the cartoon was soundly rejected everywhere, until the Florida Bar News finally took it on. I'm still disappointed that it didn't get a bigger audience.






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