Commissioned to draw a “going away” cartoon


Those of you who spend all your time trolling Craiglist will know I have an ad peddling my cartooning. For those of you who spend their time more productively, here’s what it says:

Cartoon illustrations for cards/invites/books/articles and more! (Downtown Toronto)

Want to make a cute personalized card for a loved one? A neat invite for a party? A sign for your business? Need some illustrations for a book or brochure or presentation you’ve written? I’m a cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Ottawa Citizen, in newsletters for James Ready Beer, and in countless posters, brochures, T-shirts and daily planners. Check out my latest work at and see a wider range of my illustration work at Contact me today and let’s make your project cartoon-iriffic! 🙂

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Nice Craiglist ad, Josh. But you’re a Copywriter like on the show Mad Men, so I’d expect your ad to be brilliant. What I want to know is, does the whole cartooning process actually work?” Well, my skeptical, Don Draper-watching friend,  here’s an example: This past Friday,  a gentleman responded to my ad with this email: “I’m looking to do a quick last minute cartoon/illustration gift for some friends that are moving to Vancouver. It’s a completely last minute idea on my part and would like to present it for dinner tomorrow (Saturday) night at dinner. Is it possible you could turn something around that fast?” Little did he know, he was dealing with Josh Rachlis. Early Saturday afternoon, he emailed me photos of the people to put in the cartoon, a description of what everyone should be doing and a list of little inside jokes (such as a 3-jeweled ring, a multi-olived martini and a couple of timid black cats). I drew a pencil sketch, emailed it to him for his approval, then finished it in ink, and he picked it up mid-afternoon. I followed up with him and he emailed back that it was “a big hit.” When’s the last time a generic drugstore greeting card was a big hit? Just sayin’. See the cartoon by clicking here or check it out above.



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