Why cartoons work

Tom Fishburne has a new book
out, and you should take a look if you’re seeking a new way to
think about marketing, your brand, or your colleagues. The whole tour is here.

Andrew Kaufman’s book does the same thing, but in a totally different way–with text that has the same power of a great cartoon. Thanks, Andrea, for sending it to me… I loved every word of it.

Cartoons work because they’re not monologues. Even though the medium
is one-directional, a dialogue takes place. In between the panels, in
between the talk bubbles, the cartoonist demands you fill in the blanks.

This call and response gives the reader far more of a jolt than a
paragraph in a book could. Even better, it gives the cartoonist the
confidence to proceed boldly. He knows you’re there, volleying with
him, interacting with the idea as you read it.

Marketers are taught from the beginning to grab the microphone and
never let it go. We can learn from authors and cartoonists and talk
show hosts that sometimes you gain more power when you let the other
person feel engaged.