There is no doubt I fall back on cell phones for a gag. Sometimes, I feel guilty about this, and I ask myself, “Why do I feel guilty?” I think the answer is, “It’s too easy!” When I go out in public, even the movies alas, everyone around me is staring and poking at a cell phone. Half the ads on television are coercing us into using one wireless provider over another. It’s not just a sign of our times, it’s one of those garish LCD billboards on the Interstate that keeps changing messages, causing you to fixate on it and miss that chain-reaction pile-up in front of you which was started by a texting driver. I should count myself lucky to be a cartoonist in such an environment.
Phoning it in