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When You See Things Other People Don’t

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Last week’s cartoon,  about which voices in your head to ignore, is here.  All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is © Donna Barstow 2014,  My own website is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And Like me  on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons. Thanks!

I think you could call this a “cartoon noir”, reminiscent of the hard-boiled cops and the hardened criminals of the 1940s. The police sketch artist prefers real pens and markers – no technology around. And that detective looks pretty peeved to me.

Just as this witness is (probably) confusing a head rest with a person, I find my visual perceptions are often mistaken. For instance, I sometimes don’t recognize people if they change their hair style. (Hello, Mr. Melonhead.)

I read once that many cartoonists have poor hearing or sight, and this is why they write funny captions or strange setups. Hey, give creative people a break!

Meanwhile, am looking forward to the Wanted poster for this criminal.



When You See Things Other People Don’t

Donna Barstow

Cartoonist for LA Times, Parade, WSJ, Glamour, PsychCentral, Barron's, Weight Watchers, and textbooks & Chicken Soup books. Author and editor of 2 cartoon books and a Barnes & Noble calendar.

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