Naturally, it begins with a death. When the New Yorker doesn’t want to publish a cartoon, it gets rejected. However, on the rare occasion when they buy a cartoon with the intention of publishing it, and then change their mind, the cartoon gets killed. This is the first cartoon of mine which was introduced to the publishing afterlife, and so I thought I’d give it an official memorial here. The official cause of death remains unknown, but I’ll offer you the chance to vote on it.