Saturday, 23 April 2011

The World Should Reflect the Data

Another cartoon that came out of a throwaway remark made by a colleague at work.

As some of you may know, my job is to support systems that provide management information (MI).  One of the annoying things that happens is when someone rings up and complains that the system is not showing the figures they expect.  A lot of times, this is just a case of the user not understanding what the report he/she is viewing is actually showing and is easily solved with a bit of explanation.   Sometimes, though, there is a genuine fault and we have to amend the information held in the database, which can be very tricky when lots of pieces of information are dependent upon each other. 

Sometimes, it'd just be easier to fix the world....

I tried out several ideas for this joke, like having someone fallng from a high window, having been pushed, or of having the IT chappie looking through the sights of a sniper's rifle about to shoot someone.  I tried having IT chappie running out of the room, snatching up the rifle as he went.  None of them really worked though.

In the end, I think this is more subtle and hopefully funnier (plus it was easier to draw!).


  1. I love it! I used to be the producer of reports in my job & I totally understand the frustration. The other day I was reviewing a report that someone else had prepared & was listing all the ways that they did it incorrectly - of course *I* would have done it better :)

  2. your catoonage style is fab! can imagine some sort of vampyric beasty loose in the corridoors of the company in this, controlled by the bloke on the phone of course.. a touch of sci.T.. you could say.. *self chortling.. :-)

  3. Bug - I know exactly what you mean!

    Watercats -What I wouldn't give for such a vampyric beastie - or a troupe of deadly winged assassin monkeys!

    Jimmy - a new cartoon, an old, old gripe.

  4. i think the sublty works - though clearly i will have to ensure you never transfer and work for HR

  5. These are so good! I love your drawing style, as well as the humour.

  6. DFTP - I'm wondering if I shouldn't have left a gun lying on the desk just casually. Not sure how well this works with no explanatory guff.

    Titus - thanks for the good words. Have not drawn so much for years so still knocking the rust off.

  7. I laughed... too bad we can't fix the world, isn't it?


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