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Jason Chatfield
New York-based Australian Comedian & Cartoonist for the New Yorker. Obsessed with productivity hacks, the creative process, and the Oxford comma.

On a given week, I do a daily comic strip, regular New Yorker and MAD Magazine cartoons, I do stand-up comedy shows all over the city, perform and voice act in TV commercials and volunteer as the President of the National Cartoonists Society. If it sounds like a lot of…


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Every morning I take the dog out for a walk for an hour or so. No earbuds, no phone, just a book under my arm, a pencil in my hand and a poop bag in my pocket.

Some of the best creative ideas I’ve ever had have come to me in…


I looked back at my credit card bill for June and scratched my head at more than a few line items I didn’t remember. There was an awful lot of very specific online retail spending, and for the life of me, I couldn’t remember why I’d ordered it.

In the…


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TL;DR: I switched out Social Media for direct subscription-based inbox distribution of my work and it has yielded way more than social ever did. + it won’t ever be shadow-banned by a buggy algorithm that doesn’t understand satire.

I joined Twitter about 9 months after it started. It was 2006…


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Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.

— W.H. Auden, 1958

I just finished reading and re-reading two books about productive creative workers that had the same correlation in them:

  1. Mason Currey’s fantastic book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. I couldn’t put it down. …


Earlier this year I was approached to work on a project Sam Harris was making with Ricky Gervais. It was a big surprise and a huge privilege.

On the back of the mini-episodes Sam had been releasing on his podcast with Ricky, dissecting philosophical quandaries and cracking wise, I was…


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There are very few cartoons of mine that I have ever fought for, insisting the joke was worthy of publication. More often than not, a rejected cartoon just isn’t a good fit, isn’t well-enough executed, has been done in some form or another (and probably already purchased)…


I have a vivid memory of riding my bike around Manhattan one afternoon and not seeing anyone for ten blocks. I was coming home from getting an antibody test (positive) to see if I was still immune. …


One of Seth Godin’s posts last week tweaked something in my brain (as it often does) and reminded me of an important, constant truth: Nothing is forever, change is the only constant.

Walking away from something that we’re used to, even if it’s unjust or inefficient or ineffective–it usually takes…

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