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The Spectre of Professionalism

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The Spectre of Professionalism by Amy Crook for Jo Van Every

The Spectre of Professionalism by Amy Crook for Jo Van Every

Once again Jo VanEvery has commissioned an awesome cartoon to use in her work. She consults academics about academic career sorts of things, and one of the issues that often comes up is the spectre of professionalism. He’s modeled a bit after Marley from A Christmas Carol since I was watching the Muppet version when I did his sketch, which gives him a delightful sort of gloom that goes well with the snippet of academic-speak, overflowing inbox, monogrammed briefcase and perfectly boring suit and tie. His humorless expression tops off the chains of expectation perfectly.

Here’s hoping your Monday isn’t quite so burdened, and that you have plenty of caffeine regardless.

The Spectre of Professionalism, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper, nfs (commission), all rights reserved.

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Cartoon: Jo VanEvery

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Jo VanEvery cartoon by Amy Crook

Jo VanEvery cartoon by Amy Crook

After the delightful Jo VanEvery got several cartoons from me to use in her work, she’s finally let me cartoon her! We chose a favorite sweater of hers, and the cheerful galoshes she wishes she had, and then added in one of the pigs she raises on their farm and the new lantern logo I created for her site. Or a reasonable facsimile, at least.

I think the galoshes are my favorite part.

If you’d like to be a cartoon, too, check out my page and let me know what item you’ve always wanted. It seems I end up drawing a lot of wished-for (and favourite) shoes!

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Fairy Godmother Cartoon

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Fairy Godmother commission by Amy Crook

Fairy Godmother commission by Amy Crook

I’ve been working with Jo Van Every to create some illustrations she can use in her lectures and with her clients, and this generous lady is one of them. She wanted a fairy godmother to help people doing grant proposals and other academic career thinking to really sit down and wish for whatever they could possibly want, to help un-limit their thinking. We made sure the bag was separate so she can use it for exercises by itself, too, and she’s even got a version that’s just black and white for people to use as a coloring book page.

Cool, huh?

This is what Jo had to say about her illustration:

“I help social science and humanities academics with grant proposals, individually and in workshops. Unlike scientists, humanities profs often have difficulty figuring out what they need the money for. Their frugality muscles are pretty well developed and they sometimes get stuck in a loop where they can’t imagine even asking for more money because they aren’t sure they can justify that. For a recent workshop I asked Amy if she could do a Fairy Godmother that I could use in an exercise to get them thinking about money. Fairy Godmothers don’t ask you to write proposals and justify your budget. They just grant you money, though sometimes they have rules about using it by midnight or whatever. I put different sums of money on cards in a bag and got each small group to pick a number out of the bag and then brainstorm all the research they could do if the Fairy Godmother granted them that amount. Now I use it with individual clients, too. I encourage them to try different numbers on that loot bag and dream.

“The magic thing about a Fairy Godmother is that once you’ve played with just being granted this amount of money, it’s easier to work on the piece where you make a case for how important this work is and justify spending that much money.”

Jo Van Every

If you’d like something nifty of your own, consider my Be a Cartoon service. As you can see, you don’t even have to use it to become a cartoon yourself if you don’t want to!

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Grumpy Weeble for JoVE

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Grumpy Weeble cartoon for Jo VanEvery, all rights reserved

Grumpy Weeble cartoon for Jo VanEvery, all rights reserved

The delightful Jo VanEvery wanted a cartoon — stat! — for a seminar she was doing. She wanted someone that looked a bit like one’s inner academic saying, “no!” to all the possibilities for one’s career and research. We decided on a weeble, and I sent her the colors you see above for a poster, and the inks (which I always scan before I color, in case of mishap), which they used for a coloring book page during the seminar.

She liked him so much, she’s getting a couple more, so expect to see a few more of her illustrations popping up in the coming weeks!

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Whispering Gremlin for Jo VanEvery

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Whispering Gremlin by Amy Crook, commission for Jo VanEvery

Whispering Gremlin by Amy Crook,
commission for Jo VanEvery
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When Jo VanEvery came to me asking if I would help create an illustration for her presentation in November, I was excited to draw something new. We went back and forth on just what a gremlin looked like, and we ended up with this little green guy whispering wicked self-doubt into the ear of his human.

This naughty boy likes to undermine his human’s confidence and sow the seeds of indecision, especially in grad students.

Since this is a commissioned piece, all rights are reserved, and it may not be reposted or reused anywhere, except by Jo, of course. Thanks!

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