Hey, Peter. Didn't you say you tried for a couple of years to be a cartoonist? Show us some of your stuff that you're pleased with.
Thanks for asking, Allen, but I was the least productive cartoonist ever. It was when my kids were little and I was basically a stay-at-home dad for two years, sponging off my wife. I had worked to put her through grad school, so now that she was a college professor, it was my turn to try to better myself, but i failed miserably.
The kids did go to daycare in the mornings, and I pretty much wasted all that time. I puttered around the house, sketched a little, contributed to an APA, took a drawing class one night a week. I think I only produced ONE submission-worthy cartoon in all that time. It's in a box somewhere, and if I can find it, I'll post it, but no promises. I really was not meant to be a working artist, and realizing that was one of the hardest and most painful lessons I ever had to learn.
I still do a little sketching now and then, and maybe i can find something from those drawings that wouldn't embarrass me too much. Again, no promises. And also again, thanks for asking.