Service of Cartoons

January 9th, 2020

Categories: Cartoons, Health, Subway


I was given every chance to show talent for drawing or painting when young. Sadly I’m like a tone deaf person who loves music: My stick figures are not convincing and I admire people who can translate on paper or canvas a thought or scene.

Nevertheless I see material for cartoons all over the place. Here are recent examples that a sketch would capture far better than I can with words.


I was passing an urgent care office—they are at street level all over Manhattan, many with large windows neither frosted nor with shades drawn.

Behind the reception desk at one was an attractive staffer blowing her nose into an enormous wad of Kleenex. Struck me funny.

Ying &Yang


Walking to the subway this week on 77th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues I passed on my left a Christian Science church and on my right, Lenox Hill Hospital. The contradiction brought a smile.

Seating Arrangements

The subway car was jammed the other day. A little boy about 10 sat next to his mother. She didn’t suggest he give up his seat to fellow passengers encumbered with packages, disabled or elderly. The scene inspired this invented scenario: In every seat are kids and 20-somethings. Standing are people with canes, crutches or pregnant.

Do you come across scenes that would make poignant or amusing cartoons? Do you have a favorite cartoon?



7 Responses to “Service of Cartoons”

  1. BC Said:

    Carol Burnett show when she is dressed up in curtains, and side kick playing dentist and he numbs himself while working on Harvey Corman.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I’m giggling as I read your comment. The curtains was a play on Scarlett O’Hara’s gown in Gone with the Wind. Memorable!

  3. ASK Said:

    As a former magazine editor, I do have a favorite cartoon, and it is the work of frequent New Yorker contributor Roz Chast. Her issue of “Bad Housekeeping: The Magazine for Women who Couldn’t Care Less” cracks me up every time I read it tacked up on my corkboard. Among the coverlines:
    How to Ignore a 17-inch Dust Ball, Defrosting with Dynamite, and my personal favorite, “I Let my Houseplants Die,” One Person’s Story…She “priced” the issue at $1.95, but to me it’s priceless. (Her price also gives you an idea of how old the cartoon is…I can’t even remember where I found it.)

  4. Nancy Farrell Said:

    The New Yorker and The Onion have the best cartoons! As far as every day life goes, I always marvel at how there’s a rush to buy water at the grocery store when ever there’s snow in the forecast (because snow is made out of water so what are we worried about?) Also, we’re in such a hurry to rush to drive to the next red light. And the people who drive to the park but then jog in the street–what’s that about?

  5. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Love it! Bad Housekeeping!

    One of my favorite New Yorker cartoons shows a woman in a kitchen that is totally trashed, pots and pans all over the place and splashed food on the walls and a guest peers in the door and says, “So this is where the magic happens!”

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    The New Yorker cartoons are the best.

    During the last east coast blackout, the local D’Agostino supermarket let in a few customers at a time. It was dark and they wanted to control the traffic.

    The staffer guarding the door observed that he couldn’t understand why people took this opportunity to buy giant packages of toilet paper. Sure ’nuff…when it was my turn so many of the customers had done just what he said. A puzzle.

    Folks who rush to drive to the next red light are the same ones who accelerate to cut you off only to get out at the next exit only a few feet away.

  7. Lucrezia Said:

    That rude little 10 year old sends both a valuable and a strong message. Send the idea to the New Yorker and see what happens.

    As for me, I haven’t reached my second childhood, since I never left my first: DONALD DUCK ROCKS!!

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