Here’s another cartoon that qualifies for an ADDict post. It’s been on my mind for months, resisting creation because I thought the drawing would be difficult. In time difficult segued into impossible.
I drew it in the spirit of my ADD-slowed Mr. Cthulu cartoon. I realized that I’d wasted most of a morning — reading this, reading that — felt horrible, useless, in need of a remedy. I lunged into research, gathering pictures of Billy Preston and his afro, propping myself and my lapdesk on the office cot, and just drew the damn thing.
(JDTDT: an acronym I’m likely to repeat if I remember to repeat it. I should print it backwards on a t-shirt.)
I finished the drawing after a few hours, and felt triumphant.
I savored the feeling for a full thirty minutes before it sublimated into something more sustainable.
Picture ice. Me on it, cautiously optimistic, slowly moving, braced for the inevitable fall.
As it stands — even if I don’t — I’ll submit it to magazines (well, I hope I do — the submission will probably require another of those desperate, unplanned lunges.) If I send it to Neatorama’s Neato Shop, I’ll redraw it; t-shirt art encourages scrutiny — magazine cartoons encourage brevity.
This just occurred to me.
There’s a second ADD connection to this post.
Some people believe that ADD is amenable to homeopathy. “No side effects!” is the usual brag. I don’t disagree. Water is like that. Unless it’s a flood, or poisoned, or breeding mosquitoes; dropping roof icicles on your head, or filling your lungs with too little oxygen, water is a genial element.
But like oil and water, or me and parties, ADD and homeopathy don’t mix. Their paths never cross.
With this exception. Drink water. Lots of it. Wear the above-mentioned t-shirt. Pause to read its message when you pass by the bathroom mirror.
I’m not sure if it qualifies as homeopathy, but it works.*
*Until the slogan, read too often, begins to lose meaning. It’s potency diminishes. Fades to nothing. Much like water diluted by water diluted by water diluted by water. The t-shirt is homeopathic, after all.