It’s About That Time

My cartoon in this week’s New Yorker is about a subject which I consider myself to have a lot of expertise in: napping. The great part about napping is you can do it anywhere: home, work, on the train, a Congressional hearing, playing third base for the Yankees in the playoffs. I wish America was as advanced in napping culture as Europe. They say New York is the city that never sleeps, but I wish they would go curl up somewhere and just stop saying that for five minutes. It would make them feel a whole lot better.

Here is how this drawing evolved:

Here is the sketch that was approved for the magazine:

And here is the preparatory sketch for the final version. If at this point you’re thinking¬†this isn’t just a cartoon but it’s like a James Audubon field guide to all the different kinds of nappers and their native positions, you’re right. Why is there a picture on the windowsill in the previous drawing but not in this one? It’s part of the realism of the situation. People steal stuff from you when you’re napping. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.

And, here is the final version.



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4 responses to “It’s About That Time

  1. Naps are wonderful things that we don’t appreciate until we’ve grown up. When we’re young & have a scheduled nap time we fight taking them & then we grow up & wish there were scheduled time for naps. Naps are wasted on the young.

  2. Mike

    Hm… Interesting commentary, Drew. I would have pegged you as more of a pro-union kind of guy. Workplace nap rights were not given; they had to be fought for. And not much diversity in that office. Why did you remove the gay Latina regional manager in sketch #2?

  3. I still have bad energy on naps – forced to take them at age five. But despite not being a napper, I love your cartoon and your sense of humor!

  4. FellowSaint

    Drew, you left out ‘presidential debate’ in your list of places where one can nap.

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