Friday, November 30, 2007

Roy Delgado Blog: Another New Yorker Reject Becomes Wall Street Journal Cartoon

Roy Delgado Blog: Recent Wall Street Journal Cartoon

Recent Wall Street Journal Cartoon

Here's a recent drawing in the November 21, 2007 Wall Street Journal. When I drew this a few weeks ago, I was POSITIVE the New Yorker would buy it . . . I KNOW they liked it and I KNOW the magazine got cheated by not publishing it . . It's timely, It BELONGS in the magazine . . ask anyone who knows anything about New Yorker cartoons . . ask ANY New Yorker cartoonist . . the overwhelming majority would agree . . It's sometimes HARD to be humble . . I'm TIRED of being right . .

The funny thing, I immediately sent it to The Wall Street Journal and THEY GRABBED IT ! I picked up another $100.00 when I BET a cartoonist friend of mine that The Journal would buy it . . He bet and he lost . . Like I said, I'm TIRED OF BEING RIGHT. It was fun for a while, it's no fun any more.

This cartoon is available as an 8 1/2 x 11 inch cartoon print ( with a wet signature ) matted and framed under glass, black frame. for $82.00. ( inclues S&H )

This makes over 19,500 cartoons REJECTED by The New Yorker in my lifetime. If they ever DID buy one, I'd probably have a heart-attack ! I can't win either way !

How about some comments ? Keep them cogent and civil. Let's have a New Yorker Cartoon DIALOGUE !

I have another idea . . LET'S PUT ON A SHOW ! !

Thursday, November 29, 2007

24 K Wisdom

" All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. "
- EDMUND BURKE, Irish orator, philosopher and politician ( 1729-1797 )

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cartoon of the month - NYer Reject

Belongs in The New Yorker . . Ask anyone except Pat Byrnes if it belongs in the magazine. Ask Mr Remnick himself. But he'll never see it if Big Bob doesn't show it to him . .

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Cartoon of the Week - NYer Reject

Another one hits the dust . .


" Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music, - - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself. "
- HENRY MILLER, 1891-1980 ( American author )

Friday, November 23, 2007


" The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means, never losing your enthusiasm . " - ALDOUS HUXLEY, 1894-1963 ( English writer )

" Genius is nothing but labor and diligence . " - WILLIAM HOGARTH, 1697-1764 ( English painter and political caricaturist )

Orignal National Law Journal Cartoon $200.00

This drawing appeared in the February 25 issue, 2005, page 23. During this time I was using a Micron india Ink pen on 20 lb. bond paper and then with a series of grey pastel pencils lightly shaded in the areas and then smudging the various areas to get the desired wash tone effects . . using my finger and paper tortillion sticks until the 'right' shade of grey was achieved. Finally I sprayed the drawing with Krylon Matte Finish Fixative. This signed original drawing is available for $200.00( includes S&H )

Monday, November 19, 2007

Wisdom ( Write this down, right now )

" We will either FIND a way, or MAKE one ( Caps mine ) - HANNIBAL


Well done is better than well said. " - Benjamin Franklin

" Do what you can, with what you have,where you are. "

Sunday, November 18, 2007


" We must dare, and dare again, and go on daring. " - Georges Jacques Danton

" Courage is to take hard knocks like a man when occasion calls. " - Plautus

Barron's Cartoon

This drawing appeared on page 40, March 18, 2002 issue. I think it belongs in the New Yorker. Ask anybody who sells the New Yorker.

This 8 1/2 x 11 inch on bond paper original Micron pen ink drawing has wash tones using grey pastel pencils using smudge techniques.

This signed original drawing is available for $375.00 ( )

Saturday, November 17, 2007


" This, too, shall pass. " - PLATO

" Sadness and gladness succeed each other. " - Anon.

Cartoon of the Week . .

Maybe this is where the phrase " 7 sheets to the wind " originated . . or is it THREE sheets to the wind ? I've heard both versions . . How about TWENTY sheets to the wind ? ( It just doesn't SOUND right ! ) I don't know what to tell you . .

Friday, November 16, 2007

Cartoon of the Day

Of all places to put a Tailor Shop ! Not thinking . .

Thursday, November 15, 2007


" God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them. " - German proverb

" I have learned to use the word ' impossible ' with the greatest caution. " - WERNHER von BRAUN

Cartoon of the Day

I don't know what to tell you . . Don't you ever WONDER about scenarios like this ? Does this really happen ? He shoulda ordered a D'iGorno and cooked it in the igloo !

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. " - NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI

New Yorker Cartoon Reject

Here's a cartoon that belongs in The New Yorker . . ask anybody . .ask anybody who SELLS The New Yorker . . If this cartoon was submitted by any of the current usual suspects now appearing in The New Yorker it would've been bought . . wanna bet ?

Contact Roy Delgado

Custom cartoon Illustration . . quotes and assignments, cartoon archive available for reprints, licensing etc. Lawyers, Medical, Business, Sports, virtually any subject. Inquires welcome. Quick turnaround. Competetive and reasonable.

Wisdom ( Worth writing down )

" What you intuitively desire. that is possible " - D.H. Lawrence

" The conclusions of passion are the only reliable ones. " - Soren Kierkegaard

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Medical Economics cartoon

This drawing appears in the current November 2nd, 2007 issue on page 82. They bought it as-is. This is a fairly old drawing which was done around 2003. At this time I was experimenting using very soft 4B and 6B drawing pencils and then xeroxing them and submitting them as a black and white drawing, rather than leaving them in a pencil drawing in which they would've been printed as a half-tone ( appearing all in tones of greys which is the trend now and more "arty" ).

Roy Delgado Blog: Barron's Cartoon

Roy Delgado Blog: Barron's Cartoon


" It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. "
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

" Because it's there. "
- G.H.L. Mallory, ( On why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest )

Cartoon of the Day

Yeah, sure.

Monday, November 12, 2007


" Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence. " - HELEN KELLER

" I leader is a dealer in hope. " - NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

Cartoon of the Day

Ever feel down in the dumps when you actually THOUGHT of doing something like this ? Where do you think I got the idea . . ? . . just kidding, Man !

Sunday, November 11, 2007


" Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. " - MARK TWAIN


" If you want to be found, stand where the seeker seeks. "
- Sidney Lanier

Are you looking, The keeper of the gate ?

Barron's Cartoon

Here's a recent drawing that appeared on October 1, 2007 on page M21.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


" God helps those who helps themselves. " - German proverb

" God help those who do not help themselves. " - Wilson Mizner


Friday, November 9, 2007

Wisdom ( Write this down, right now )

" To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. " - Confucius

Old Li'l Abner Cartoon Ad

In the same MODERN SCREEN Magazine as the ad below . . I saw this Cream of Wheat ad by Al Capp's great Li'l Abner Comic . . I remember you would look foreward to these ads . . . Little Lulu for Kleenex and a whole bunch of others too many to mention here . . ( Li'l Abner Copyright by United Feature Syndicate Inc. 1941 )

GIRLS! - - Make Money Drawing !

This display ad from a vintage magazine . . MODERN SCREEN, April,1941 ( Found in an old book store in L.A. in September . . It seems strange they would target females to learn to draw and then try to get into a field where nobody would hire them BECAUSE they were female ! Back then, if you remember, you could count the female cartoonists on half-a-hand . . Everyone's heard the story about Brenda Starr's creator, Dale Messick who, when selling the comic to The Chicago tribune Syndicate in 1940, and appearing in person,found the Comics Editor surprised when he expected a MAN . . after all, DALE is a MAN'S name isn't it ? ( Actually it's both )Times change . . The strip was succeeded only by women . . Ramona Fradon, Linda Sutter, and June Brigman . . The strip's recent writer is Mary Schmich who is herself a Chicago reporter and columnist at the Tribune.
Maybe this ad and Dale Messick, through fate and karma are related ?!

Thursday, November 8, 2007


" He who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any HOW. " - Friedrich Nietzsche

" Man can only receive what he sees himself receiving. " - Florence Scovel Shinn

Harvard Business Review Cartoon

This drawing appeared in the June 2007 issue on page 87. " This sounds a lot like O.J.'s defense in the recent Las Vegas bungled hotel room mess. O.J.'s lawyer said " How can you convict someone when there was no victim . . O.J. was getting his own stolen property back !? " . . I don't know what to tell you . . . You can ALWAYS comment like Johnnie Cochran did on a talk show . . ( commenting on the 90's O.J.-double-murder case ) " . . Look, I wasn't there, neither were you . . " . . . Man, I gotta remember that line ! I shoulda been a lawyer . . I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody instead of a bum, which is what I am . .let's face it . . it was YOU, Charlie . . you were my big brother, you shoulda watched out for me . .

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


" To have a good friend is one of the highest delights in life; to be a good friend is one of the noblest and most difficult undertakings. " - Anon.

" The life which is unexamined is not worth living. " - Plato

Harvard Business Review Cartoon

This drawing appeared in the April 2004 issue, page 102

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Harvard Business Review cartoon

This drawing from the April 2003 issue, page 80.

Monday, November 5, 2007


" The wise don't expect to find life worth living: they make it that way. - Anon.

" We carry with us the wonders we seek without us. " - Sir Thomas Browne

Harvard Business Review cartoon

This drawing appeared on page 10 in the March, 2006 issue. I think that ALL of us have had a job like this at least once in their lives. ( Be honest ! )


" I dream for a living. " - Steven Spielberg ( born 1946 )

" Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. " - Ray Kroc ( McDonald's )


" There are men who are happy without knowing it. " - Vauvenargues

Barron's Cartoon

Here's a drawing from August, 2002, page T-3

Sunday, November 4, 2007


" A wise man cares not for what he cannot have. " - Anon.

William Shawn, Renowned New Yorker editor - From 1952-1987

Looking at some old periodical clippings the other day I came across this gem . . . my, how times have changed ( not that there's anything wrong with that ) . .

This from Horizon Magazine, January, 1981, in an article " Still at the Drawing Board " by Andrew Feinberg . . quoting Mr. Shawn: " A cartoon that is likely to endure is one that is drawn well. " ( Now THERE'S a radical idea ! ) In other words, it's okay NOT to draw a cartoon well, it's just that it won't ENDURE . . . . What part of that DON'T you understand ? Got it? Or-r I know better . . let's reinvent the wheel . . Let's go in the opposite direction . . . Remember, now, UP is DOWN, BAD is GOOD . . . Yah-hh, got it ?

What's interesting is that William Shawn reigned for 35 years . . 10 more than the magazine's founder, Harold W. Ross . . But what the hell did THEY know about cartoons !?

Any comments ? All comments welcome. Let's hear it.

Saturday, November 3, 2007


" There are none so blind as those that will not see . "
- Anonymous

Another New Yorker Reject

Again, this one belongs in the magazine. Ask anyone. I plan on sending it again . . maybe the 2nd time around will be funnier . . they'll keep seeing it until they buy it !


" Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. " - Chinese proverb

" Patience and fortitude conquer all things. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Easy Riders Magazine

Here's one just purchased to be published in a forthcoming issue ( A Biker Magazine, of all places! ) . . it had been rejected by The New Yorker . . I thought it belonged in The New Yorker . . I still think they made a mistake by not taking it . . again, what do I know ?

Friday, November 2, 2007


" Make happy those that are near, and those that are far will come. " - Chinese proverb

" A joy that's shared is a joy made double. "
- English proverb

Cartoon of the Week . .


" Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after. "

Cartoon of the Day

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Sam Gross & Roy Delgado at Grand Central Station

This photo taken by Bob Weber Sr. ( October 2006 ) Sam was kind enough to meet us by the famous clock as were were all going down to have lunch and attend a couple New Yorker Festival events.

More Wisdom

" Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating . . it is either good or bad. "


" What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything ? "

Cartoon of the Week . .

Cartoon of the Day

This is like an inside joke for cartoonists. Appeared in a Gag ReCap publication on the cover,
March, 2005 . . Sometimes it's good for me to get away from the daily grind of hacking away drawing cartoons for commercial purposes and draw an idea just for the fun of it ( for no pay ). .
sometimes people tell me; " You're wasting too much time doin' all this stuff you're doin' ( Drawing all these cartoons for nothing )! "
But actually, I work fast and am very productive. For me it's the way I take a break. I guess you could get carried away though . .

Talking about being productive . . while in California in September ( with Bob Weber Sr. ) and visiting with Mrs. Rowland B. Wilson, she shared an interesting factoid about the late great Rowland's working habits . . she said he was at the drawing board by 9:00am and stopped at 4:00pm . . he worked fast and was very productive, she said ( needless to say! ).


" Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. "

" Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first. "

Rejected New Yorker Cartoon

Here's a cartoon that could've been in any issue of the New Yorker any time and would've blended right in with the magazine . . Ask anyone who knows anything. What do you think ?