About a decade ago, Will McPhail was just an ordinary zoology student. Now, he's regularly drawing for the world-famous The New Yorker magazine. How does one make such a change in their lives? Well, McPhail admitted to "doodling lecturers" when he was supposed to be learning. And even though he did graduate, it was enough to pursue a cartoonist's career.

So, instead of continuing to study the animal kingdom, he chose to immerse himself in the wildlife of Edinburgh's coffee shops and libraries. There, he analyzed peoples' social behavior, turning his findings into clever and funny comics.

McPhail is now expected to have between 8 and 10 ideas per week for The New Yorker cartoons, a popular American magazine established 94 years ago. "The best I can do is to find an area that I want to do a cartoon drawing on and accept the stage - then hope that my sense of humor moonwalks on to that stage," the artist told the BBC.

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Lyop
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Hahaha omg! The seagull's gone gangsta!!

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"I don’t really have any artistic qualifications," McPhail told Bored Panda. "In fact, I actually studied zoology at university. Because when you ask a seventeen-year-old what they want to do with their life, they always make the correct decision. Thirty grand and four years of my life is a small price to pay for the three armadillo facts that I now know. I’ve had creative ideas and did drawings all my life, though. Or at least as long as I’ve known about pencils."

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Ha ha, life lessons!

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The artist mostly draws single-panels because he's usually drawing cartoons for The New Yorker, which are classically a single-panel deal. "The weekly submission of cartoons to the magazine is really the only structure I have in my life and every career opportunity that I’ve been given has been directly because of my work being seen in The New Yorker. So I owe them pretty much everything! Armadillos always give birth to four identical quadruplets," he explained.

Despite having a career that allows him to live and work anywhere in the world, Will made up his mind to remain in Scotland even after his cool drawings blew up on the international scene.

"Scotland's got some kind of draw on me," he explained. "There's something about Scotland that just draws creative people and I've definitely felt that."

One of the reasons behind this choice is the abundance of inspiration he finds in the country. "It's my job to capture all different walks of life, the idiosyncrasies of life, and Edinburgh and Scotland have got a plethora of different classes and niches of people."

"There's all sorts of fascinating social avenues you can go down and find people from all backgrounds. It's super inspirational when it comes to coming up with drawing ideas."

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4 months ago

Cheese I eat!

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We might invent a lot of our problems, but McPhail never usually tries to trivialize those problems in his cartoons. "I’m usually on the side of the character with the problem because it’s invariably based on my problems! I just think that desperation and panic is very funny. Armadillos are one of the few animals that can contract leprosy."

Also, he blames the pressure he felt at a young age to find a "realistic" career path and is happy he chose to deviate from it. "I realized I didn't need permission to be creative."

Having experienced it firsthand, Will encourages others to follow their dream careers as well. "Education is a good thing - but I think a lot of the time, people feel like they need some sort of academic permission to be creative, and you don't, you can just do it."

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Vicky Zar
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4 months ago

LOL

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Hans
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4 months ago

This one is inspiring!

Andy ReRe
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4 months ago

i think its meant as the opposite.

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European other
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4 months ago

A lot of people need to try and understand this

Hans
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4 months ago

Isn't the purpose to allow for multiple interpretations?

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Angie Chan
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4 months ago

I looked at all the the guys and interpreted this one in more of a "when a woman says 'no, it is an answer...not an obstacle" I suppose it can be seen in other ways tho.

Kenny Kulbiski
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4 months ago

I pretty much identity with the guy chilling on the right of the O.

Tomas Holicka
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4 months ago

Inspiring bla bla, until you interpret it as men raping a woman who said no. Sooo deep.

Pumbaa
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4 months ago

Thats the first thing I thought of and I think thats exactly what he meant?

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Colin Leetham
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4 months ago (edited)

More people need this! "NO" is an answer, and "STOP" is an order.

April Simnel
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4 months ago (edited)

I know this is about assault, but I'm reminded of when I had a summer fundraising job. I was 18. At training, we got a sheaf of papers that were "objection responses", all to get around someone telling us no. We were monitored, also, so we couldn't just take the L and move on to the next call without trying 3 of the responses. We had to assess their no so we could use the right ones. I had a call, that when I tried to get around the first no, the guy screamed at me for almost 3 minutes about "No means NO the first time!" and that if we ever called him again, the charity would be lucky to get any donation from him. He used harsher language. The guy was a donor who usually gave a good amount of money to the charity, but they wanted him to increase his donation, hence my call. If I had hung up on him, I would've gotten in trouble. I learned that no is definitely a full answer. I only lasted 5 weeks. At least I was off to uni that autumn, so not much harm done financially for me.

Christina Uhlir
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4 months ago

There are charities which do not appreciate generous donors. I don't blame him to get irritated.

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Jus
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4 months ago

Well, no. When I try my best to be assertive and I refuse, I actually want to be respected. Of course you can achieve your thing with someone else, don't get discouraged.

Debbie
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4 months ago

Yes!

Lukyan Terdal
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4 months ago

no: /nó/: used to give a negative response

Kat Rom
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4 months ago

😂I love this one and it also is very inspiring!!!

Doris Anne Mitchell Burgomaster
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4 months ago

Great advice

Marc Lauzon
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4 months ago

So is the anti-manspreading chair. It's hilarious how many men just tried to defeat the design only meant to answer a "social implication" furniture design contest.

That Hockey kid
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4 months ago

From a certain point of view, I find this inspiring, while on the other, it represents the people who don't respect boundaries. Women do it too. I saw a man in a restaurant getting mad at his gf because she was getting pushy on the romantics

Jo Choto
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4 months ago

Can we put this one everywhere, please.

Christina Uhlir
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4 months ago

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John Colin
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4 months ago

Thing is... if every one took no for an answer ans not an obstacle we would not be here today. But hey should you be free ? No. Can you have freedom of speech ? No. Did i just proove no can be an obstacle ? Yes. Take it as it is... no is not just an answer.

Liu Woods
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4 months ago

This is about sexual assault.

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BusLady
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4 months ago

Tell that to all the pushy commissioned salespeople out there.

Ellen Acedo
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4 months ago

Got to learn that one.

Grumble O'Pug
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4 months ago

I want this on a tee shirt

the Author is An A**hole
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4 months ago

for the women!

Celtic Pirate Queen
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4 months ago

Or a reason for debate. It is a complete sentence.

Steve Bowman
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4 months ago

Yeah, tell that to the judge.

Ben Smith
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4 months ago

Um...what? It’s the other way round.

Living_Shadow
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4 months ago

I needed to hear this after my mom told me no to a perfectly reasonable thing. What is that reasonable thing you ask? Well, I want to hang out with some friends to play D&D. Our group includes two guys. I can't join in because of that. I don't understand why this crusty old, primitive, ancient, mentality still exists, that girls and boys can't hang out together

Joe Bloe
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4 months ago

Completely disagree. No is an opportunity - especially in negotiating

Luna Lovegood
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4 months ago

true

Guglielmo Marconi
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4 months ago

That is what I said to her.

Stranger things have happened
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4 months ago

You people can go around it

Bob Connely
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4 months ago

No... is merely an obstacle that MAY be overcome...

Live Era Nemow
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Never take no for an answer

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AJu
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4 months ago

Thank you for this :)

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ADHORTATOR
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4 months ago

My wife does this all the time...interrupting me

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Lyop
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4 months ago

Ha!! I feel u trees! Must.....impress....

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Rowlie
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4 months ago

It could actually be helpful to distract yourself from what is going on inside by doing something You can control

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Hans
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4 months ago

Too big houses suck. Just imagine your clan mansion. Probably you shat yourself before making it from the veranda, over the floors, down the stairs, to the left-wing bathroom.

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European other
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4 months ago

Any more in there ?!

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Evil Little Thing
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4 months ago

Finalizing a divorce you've been fighting for for months/years is one of the best feelings ever!

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Lyop
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Delusions of grandeur!!

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Polish Panda
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4 months ago

“Maturity and equality’’

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Hans
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4 months ago

The introvert's drug!

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Awesome idea!

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L1z4rd
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4 months ago

My worst nightmare! Made all the more real by knowing there is a mouse hanging out on my kitchen!

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4 months ago

This would be me. Can also hardly resist calling the sniffing dogs at airport "good boy / girl".

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Hermione Granger
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4 months ago

Is there a dead body on the floor? Lol

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Carrot dude
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4 months ago

That statue is proportional to the amount of praise she deserves.

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Francis
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4 months ago

(happend some years agon when i was in my 20s) once when i changed clothes in front of my mum, she said "oh look, the moon is rising" while pointing at my belly... yeah thanks mum. i know i'm fat and pale :D

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Hans
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4 months ago

Isn't this the sole (sad) purpose of women as show "assistants"?

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4 months ago

Hahaha !

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Clinton Yew
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4 months ago

nowadays they just try to brainwash you to think your office is your home and co-worker is your family to try to make you give more effort to work...

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4 months ago

Keep waiting

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temmie
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4 months ago

throwup thats throwup

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4 months ago

Sad but true!

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4 months ago

"The pigeon king better find an own place to live."

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Lyop
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4 months ago

Seriously tho! I'm kinda a big girl...nothing fits!!

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4 months ago

Realist single.

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