Non-Political "It Was The Suit, Wasn't It?" cartoon

Posted 2/6/17

Let me explain where this cartoon came from: Last fall, I was preparing and painting trim on a new house. The trim carpenter, Maurice (a native Irishman,he pronounces it 'Morris') Hartnett, who I'd …

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Non-Political "It Was The Suit, Wasn't It?" cartoon

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Let me explain where this cartoon came from: Last fall, I was preparing and painting trim on a new house. The trim carpenter, Maurice (a native Irishman,he pronounces it 'Morris') Hartnett, who I'd worked with fairly recently, and, also, years ago on several houses on Bainbridge Island, in catching up, said something about working enough to keep the wolves from the door.

I mentioned the cartoons I'd been working on; and something about the wolves... "No," he said, "what you need is the wolf 'inside' the door." Good idea; so I started the drawing, somehow (probably because I couldn't find references on standing wolves) came up with the wolf in the suit. The caption, "It was the suit, wasn't it?" came after the drawing was completed; since it made since that, if the wolf was inside the door, someone had conceivably invited him in.

I made a copy and would have given it to Maurice, but he wasn't there for a while. I left it on the jobsite, spent some time on another job. When I returned to that job, Maurice told me, one, I hadn't done the drawing the way he intended, and, two, he had discussed the drawing with his (and my) employer.

What? Yeah, he'd explained how it was all about candidate Trump and how... "Wait! No, it's not about that?" "Sure it is."

Whatever. Anyway, Trish loved the drawing a bit more than I did. I tried (twice) to redraw it, improving the rendering of the door itself, but couldn't replicate the expression on the wolf's face to her satisfaction. THEN, moving a vase, she spilled some water on the drawing. She actually panicked, tried to save it. If you notice, there's a bit of a water-color look on part of the drawing.

Additionally, my sister, Melissa, when offered the replacement wolf drawing along with some surfing illustrations, said, "No, I want the good one."

Anyway, if you think the drawing is political, please address all commentary to Tom Camfield. No, I mean positive commentary, also.

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