My most powerful cartoon to date

This is not a cartoon, it’s a conversation starter.

When I show this to a colleague or friend I get a story. Sometimes the story is about their first job in an office nowhere close to natural light. Other times the story is about being tied to a computer, trapped indoors. Not the usual “uh huh” or light chuckle, but something more, much more.

It was this cartoon, and the stories that it generated, that renewed my interest in cartooning. If something so straightforward could spark so many discussions, what else could it accomplish?

I often stare at the cactus in my windowless office, wondering if the lack of light will lead to its demise.  Then I think about how much time I spend in my windowless office.


  1. clysy on November 5, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Thanks for the RTs !! @jwasbes and @limeygrl

  2. clysy on November 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

    @allisontitcomb thanks for the RTs Allison 🙂

  3. susanjkistler on November 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I have a window right beside my computer. I love my window. I love the natural light. It brings me joy. I can look at the comings and goings outside. I can see that there is a real world of people not staring at their computers at any given moment. And in winter, it makes the left side of me 20 degrees colder than the right and I shiver and wear strange one armed sweaters, but it is all worth it.

    • cplysy on November 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

      @susanjkistler I love it Susan, very poetic.  I can picture the one armed sweater and it makes me smile.  This might need a cartoon of its own, would you mind if I created one?