After careers as diverse as a stockbroker for a Wall Street firm, a member of an elite militaryunit and a special agent in law enforcement,Bill Abbott felt suitably prepared to become a professional cartoonist. This was not to be his last gross miscalculation.His work has been published in and hence devaluing such magazines as the Reader’sDigest, the Saturday Evening Post, The WallStreet Journal and Harvard Business Review,among other publications in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, Spectickleshas been licensed for a variety of products, everything from figurines to cocktail napkins and greeting cards.
How the Sausages, Laws and Cartoons Are Made
Unlike Otto von Bismarck who stated, "Laws are like sausages - it is better not to see them being made." I'll share with you here how these travesties of humorous art are created. We're actually in the process of relocating my office/studio to another room in our house, but here's what I use now: my beat up antique cherry writing desk that I bought and picked up driving through the Adirondack Mountain back roads during a blinding snow storm into Vermont, then back again - true story. My Cintiq 16" Mobile Studio Pro that I draw on (check out the Cartooning Videos page where I've posted videos of how I create these cartoons digitally using a Surface Pro 5, which is my choice of digital drawing tool for when I'm traveling), and an articulating stand that I bought entirely on impulse from an Instagram ad, which I have since had to modify (Click here for that story)- I find that if I research something before I buy it, it takes the joy out of discovering what an idiot I am later when I find it doesn't work at all. (I'll write about that later), my Gibson SG guitar when I feel the need to offend all that is musical and tasteful, and the Chair of Awesomeness time machine, which, when I sit in it long enough, transports me hours into the future with the hypnotizing sounds of my own snoring.
Your Host, Such As He Is ...
Iraq, summer of 2006 in an exceedingly unpleasant area between Ramadi and Fallujah, serving with the Navy's Special Boat Teams.
Taken in the gardens of Mount Vernon, George Washington's home in northern Virginia in 2007, just before leaving again on deployment. I have been informed by reliable sources that my choice of footwear was a mistake.
At the National Cartoonist's Society Reuben Awards in May of 2017, Portland, Oregon. The cigar may or may not have been bubblegum.
Me today. My transformation is complete. Mm hmm, glorious. Drink it all in.