Never-ending job

The job of drawing Sisyphus-related cartoons, and keeping track of them, never seems to approach an end, as noted by Arvy, who contributed these first three.

The collaboration of cartoon artist Harry Bliss with comedian Steve Martin has now resulted in a book. For those who haven’t used up their NYT views, here is a review of the book:

Steve Martin wanted to make cartoons, but he can only draw stick figures. He teamed up with the illustrator Harry Bliss, and the result is their new book, “A Wealth of Pigeons.”

New York Times 2020-11-11

Sometime-NewYorker cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein can’t seem to let go of the Sisyphus theme! The “work at home” one also qualifies for our “pandemic-related” tag.

In addition to those from Arvy, here’s a long one from Existential Comics.

And another one:


  1. It is a fresh drawing as well as new thought in the caption — but the drawing is inevitably similar.
    As the Bliss/Martin one points out, the angle shown is often impossibly steep!

  2. I half recognized his caricature from other recent cartoons — but also, the cartoonist tells us, in the “Philosophers in this Comic” line.

  3. The ExistentialComic artist usually tells you explicitly tells you the names of the philosophers in the comic, or in the title. He only doesn’t bother for a few philosophers, like Camus, Sartre, or Simone de Beauvoir, who appear very regularly in the strip. It does make them unidentifiable if you’re just dropped into the strip.

  4. Winter say: The ExistentialComic artist usually tells you explicitly tells you the names of the philosophers in the comic, or in the title.

    Or also, as in this episode, in a note centered in the footer area right under the comic itself. This is fun when he has done a crowd scene or historical overview type of thing, and you can check off the names against the pictures.

  5. There’s also the fact that one of Camus’ more famous works is titled “The Myth of Sisyphus”.

  6. Ah yes, that ought to be mentioned, as the reason to show vampire Camus in the first place!

  7. I liked the latest one. Stuck carrying the Moon as well. Of course, Atlas was actually holding up the sky or “celestial sphere” which is the round object in many depictions.

  8. This almost made it as a CIDU, or as an LOL, but in the end is relegated to thread-addon (and maybe also the next “didn’t quite make it” collection).

  9. Sisyphus wanted some help, but this isn’t what he had in mind. (Non Sequitur 3/31/2022):

  10. “Romance can be tough when you’re cursed.”

    Not tonight, dear, I’ve got the curse — what? No, I just meant there’s a full moon out and so I’ll be turning into a werewofl.”

  11. As I just wrote in another thread, sometimes typos are better left ignored, but that one made me think of Elmer Fudd (“wolling on the floor, laughing”).

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