images of Lynn
April Patterson writing

Where
do you get your
ideas?
An essay on ideas:
It was a hot and sultry night. Jim Davis (creator of Garfield), Mike Peters (creator of Mother Goose & Grimm) and I sat at a banquet table, invitees to a benefit dinner for the Sarasota Hospital. We were well into our second bottle of wine when a Garfield fan sat down next to Jim and said, "Mr. Davis, I've always wondered; where do you get your ideas!?" Without missing a beat, Jim replied, "Schenectady." Satisfied, the inquiring mind wandered off.
Six weeks dailies, eight weeks Sundays:
"That must be the question we're most often asked," I ruminated. Mike voted for: How far ahead of the deadline do you have to be? and Jim agreed. In fact, he had considered having a T-shirt made with "six weeks, dailies" on the front and "eight weeks, Sundays" on the back. Then, when someone posed the chestnut opener, he would simply open his jacket and expose the appropriate response. This, of course, led to the proposal that we design the "benefit suit," imprinted everywhere with answers to all the questions a syndicated cartoonist is asked most often.
We are all gifted:
Oddly enough, the questions our readers most often ask us are the questions we ask each other and the toughest ones to answer. The toughest question has always been, "How do you get your ideas?" How do you answer that? It's like asking runners how they run, or singers how they sing. They just do it!
We are all born with wonderful gifts. We use these gifts to express ourselves, to amuse, to strengthen, and to communicate. We begin as children to explore and develop our talents, often unaware that we are unique, that not everyone can do what we're doing!


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