Freshspectrum in the Wild, 12 illustrations

I've started work on a few cartoon collaborations. I find someone smarter than me with expertise in an interesting subject. We then work together on concepts for a string of cartoons on their subject.

I really think you're going to like the posts but I'm not going to rush them out before they're ready. If you want to make sure you don't miss the posts, click here to sign up for my email updates. But to tide you over, here's a new compilation.

I was unable to make it to the 2013 Eastern Evaluation Research Society conference but several of my cartoons went in my place. From what I hear, my cartoons made an appearance in four different presentations at EERS 2013.

I love it when my cartoons take on new life outside of the blog. How many other forms of communication can look so good in power point slides, blog posts, newspapers, and hanging on a wall?

About the illustrations

All of these illustrations and cartoons have lived lives apart from my blog. While many are not new, most have never even made an appearance on freshspectrum.

A few notes:

  • If you like the post, write a comment and let me know.
  • Share it with colleagues. Seeing people sharing my cartoons inspires me to create more cartoons.
  • Please feel free to use my cartoons in presentations, training materials, etc.

Dissertation Pit

Here's a cartoon I made for my colleague and friend Eden Segal. See her presenting in the tweet below.

Struggle between bad and good reports

This cartoon is from any early collaboration with the fabulous Ann Emery. Look below to see it being presented by one of my newer connections, Jamie Clearfield.

Evaluation Haiku

Here is another cartoon I drew for a Westat colleague/friend Jen Hamilton. The fantastic haiku is all Jen's.

Pie Distortion

The next two cartoons were commissioned by the awesome Stephanie Evergreen. (*Spoiler Alert* I may or may not be working on a new collaboration with the rockin ukulele player).


Power Point Hibernation mode…

Don't get too excited

This lucky cartoon is traveling with my fellow Durham Westatian (it's a word), Tamara Daley, to Spain for IMFAR 2013.

Not Rigorous

Not all of my cartoons live their life in presentations. The following couple were commissioned by the wonderful Kylie Hutchinson. At least one was destined for a training manual.

Market Evaluator

Be Unique

Those of you following me for a little while know I was cartooning a lot during last year's evaluation conference. Helen Salmon just plain stands out, which calls for a cartoon. This one now lives as Helen's twitter avatar.


Calling All World Savers

The fantastic Maria Gajewski reached out to me looking for a new profile image, here is what I came up with.

I meant midnight

I put this together when collecting Ignite presentations from session presenters. It ended up in the AEA newsletter.

Thank You Susan

This one I drew for Susan Kistler, another one that ended up in the AEA newsletter. Sitting on my iPad I have a string of cartoons drawn to thank those that inspire me daily, most of the time that's where they stay.

There are more

Starting soon I plan to release more cartoons than just the ones that show up in freshspectrum posts. I am constantly creating but not all the cartoons fit what I am trying to do on this site. If you want to see the extra cartoons join my email list, as I plan to release them exclusively via email.



I wasn't planning on adding any additional cartoons but after Sheila's sweet comment I had to add hers to this post.

Evaluator in a data store




  1. MariaGajewski on April 30, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Thanks for including me in the list, Chris! I’m loving my new avatar!

    • cplysy on April 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

      @MariaGajewski I like it too, but I’m partial 😉

  2. susanjkistler on April 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I am so honored. And humbled. Thank you again Chris!

  3. SheilaBRobinson on April 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Before I started blogging, I told you how much I love the data collection part of evaluation and you drew me a brilliant cartoon entitled “Like an evaluator in a data store…” I composed one of my earliest blog posts about it and included the cartoon, and to date it is my top (“most viewed”) post. I’m so thankful for that and honored to be able to include a Chris Lysy (@clysy) original in my work. In fact, I have a full size 8/12 x 11 version of that cartoon up in my office! 🙂

    • cplysy on April 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      @SheilaBRobinson thank you Sheila that was very sweet. You’ll notice I added one more cartoon above 😉

  4. SheilaBRobinson on May 1, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I love it! I still think it’s a brilliant cartoon with a great caption and it makes me laugh every time I see it. Glad you decided to add it!

  5. ehsegal on May 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Posted to a friend in Colorado who does Ignite presentations – you may be hearing from him.  I would love to have your creative work on ALL of my presentations.  I was really wanting for your gift to contribute to a client presentation thrown together at the 11th hour.  It cried for visuals and I (almost) cried for it.  Sending more ideas I’d love to see illustrated via email!

  6. Sara Vaca on May 14, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Very funny…
    I really liked this set more than the counterfactual one… =S
    But maybe it is because since I have no evaluation experience yet, I don’t get it… May be!
    Keep on drawing!

    • Chris Lysy on May 14, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Thanks Sara 🙂
      I’ll be covering a wide range of evaluation concepts, my guess is that the cartoon sets will be hit or miss for most everyone.

  7. Ann Emery on June 18, 2013 at 10:59 am