Sunday, May 17, 2015

Gross' Bunds don't gross funds...


Here's the latest comic for

This week's topic is a massive global bond sell off and the ramifications thereof, including heavy losses by Bill Gross who was heavily invested in German Bunds. This may or may not have been partially influenced by Fed Chair Janet Yellen stating that she thinks stocks are "overvalued".

The team at asked me to draw Gross, sitting up in bed and visibly shaken. Next to Gross, I was asked to draw his nightmare: A thought bubble in which Yellen is popping bubbles labeled DAX, DOW, Real Estate, Bunds, and T-Bonds.

Here's the sketch:

I decided to draw Yellen dressed as one of the fairy godmothers from Sleeping Beauty. Mostly because it's a dream and dreams are supposed to be a little weird. Also, the stumpy little fairy body fit better inside the cartoon bubble.

Here's the outline:

And here's the final:

This week's comic was a complete joy to work on. Both of the subjects have great faces for caricature, the backgrounds were different than normal and interesting, and the drawing went fairly smoothly. I know I say it very, very rarely, but here goes: I actually like this comic. I'm satisfied with the drawing, the color, the shading and the layout. Here's hoping next week's comic goes as well.


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