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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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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LOL

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4 months ago

This one is inspiring!

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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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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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4 months ago

Delusions of grandeur!!

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Polish Panda
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4 months ago

“Maturity and equality’’

Daria Cisło
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4 months ago

I like ur nickname ;)

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Pat
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4 months ago

Fresh air. It is really stale in here. New insight, growth and a woman’s point of view. You are losing half of your prospective business.

ISAAC HARVEY
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4 months ago

"Something new." Or "Organization."

Missy Moo Moo
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4 months ago

Ha! This is so true. I had a panel of men interview me for an engineering job. I got the job, didn't take it. I could tell what equality meant at that workplace

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4 months ago

Apparently, equality meant offering a great opportunity to an ungrateful cunt.

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Avery S Alberico
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4 months ago

"Real intelligence and a hardworking, respectable person

Alex K
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so you assume the people that work in the company are idiots?

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European other
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4 months ago

Many things I would say, but maybe keep looking. 🤔

Niobe Marchalant
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4 months ago

"Everything you don't"

Hugo Raible
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4 months ago

Diversity quota fulfillment.

Wottermehlon Doge
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3 months ago

everything you need

AMYAH MINOTT-STARLING
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4 months ago

my dignity

Phart
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4 months ago

This one's not as haha funny, but it deserves to be higher

Charmaine Tan
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4 months ago

A different perspective?

Chris Gill
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4 months ago

I was asked the same question during an interview. It is a very common question.

Tiny Dynamine
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4 months ago

I'll bring a cake on my birthday...

RJ
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4 months ago (edited)

That wouldn't do in our team. You have to bring cake when you start and with any nonsense thing you can imagine. We are called the pie team. There's pie or cake or cookies at least every week or two or three times a week or more. Sometimes twice a day. Now everyone who forgets to lock their computer when they walk away has to bake pie.

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Audrey Davis _ Student - BuggES
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3 months ago

so unfair

Jellybear
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4 months ago

Respect for women, equal rights, etc.

Liz Lisa
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4 months ago (edited)

Nothing, I rather not work here, bye!

Elaine Dodge
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4 months ago

A different hairstyle for starters

Dawn Ours
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4 months ago

double X chromosomes and the avoidance of a discrimination lawsuit ...just guessing

Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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4 months ago

Somebody who is not male.

Nicky OldfieldDesciple
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4 months ago (edited)

Maturity, intelligence, grace, good manners and respect.

Conservative_And_Proud
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4 months ago

You don't know anything about her.

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Olivia Masterson
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4 months ago

Brains.

Ashley Galyen
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4 months ago

Funny how they all have the same hair cut. There are companies that hire a 'type' whether it be male or female.

Audrey Bob-The-Builder
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4 months ago

Maturity and equality

Sarawyn
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4 months ago

And the only woman in the room.

Kathy Smith
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4 months ago

They’d never understand. Or agree.

Pseudo Puppy
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4 months ago

they may understand what it's like to have assumptions made on the roles you must take in life, based on your gender. There could be 6 guys in there, who would much prefer to be stay-at-home-dads, but are terrified of the public shame & suspicion they'd have to endure if they made that choice. (it doesn't happen everywhere - but it does happen). It's a shame when assumptions are made, based upon gender. :(

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Kandi Sofia Dahlan
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4 months ago

Honesty and sincerety

Mary Jo McIlhon
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4 months ago

sort of horrifying....

Liz Lisa
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4 months ago

i think i don't want to bring anything to this company, consider that I didn't apply, I am leaving

Audrey Davis _ Student - BuggES
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4 months ago

this one is deep

Jo Choto
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4 months ago

Too real.

Christina Uhlir
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4 months ago

Not what you are just thinking about.

Ellen Acedo
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4 months ago

Bringing out the truth.

Finn-Yego
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4 months ago

I don't get it?

Bhdb Hhdbd
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4 months ago

Made me uncomfortable.

Elizabeth Gardner
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4 months ago

er........gender ?

Invisible User
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4 months ago

Liberal agenda.

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Bob Connely
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4 months ago

sorry about the above... I thought the picture I wanted would post... apologies.

Invisible User
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4 months ago

Well? Obviously if she isn't qualified then she doesn't deserve the job. Being female & black is not a qualification & not an entry point into employment.

Elaine Dodge
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4 months ago

But being white and male is?

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DC
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4 months ago

... depending on how sexist the company really is, it may be the time to just say "Boobs, losers!" and leave. And leave to them figuring out why that's the answer.

Ashley Kellers
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4 months ago

Very clever

Vlad Nicer
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4 months ago

"Companies need 50/50 male/female." "A child needs a mother AND father."

Susan Gardner
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4 months ago

Homemade cookies? JUST KIDDING

Pseudo Puppy
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4 months ago

"What can I bring to this company? My qualifications, experience & professionalism." (because, unless you're a sperm donor or surrogate, gender / ethnicity / age etc, should not be an influence (please note that I said *should not*.... sadly, that's not always the case though)). So, what is the artist is saying? That gender should be an influencing factor what considering the merit of any applicant? ie the men were chosen because they were men, or the woman must be chosen because she's a woman? Or is it a comment on skin-tone (her skin appears darker than the men's skin)...? Either way, to hint that her gender / skin should be an influencing factor in the decision-making process, is kinda undermining the *equality* that people have been fighting for, for generations... So, yeah... unsure what point the artist is actually trying to make here.

Martin Donovan
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Pussy?

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My pregnant wife works in HR and she said to me that she knows that discrimination is bad and all but she would always put men on top of list because it is empirically proven that hiring men is just better for the company. she knows what her maternity leave is doing to the company. she have seen how women unable to keep up to men or just not being able to withstand the pressures and stress as men do. actually she said that that they are going to fire a single female in one department because she way behind all men and doing shitty job. 5fczvwbvdx...9ad4bb.jpg 5fczvwbvdx231-5e4e49c9ad4bb.jpg

Pseudo Puppy
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4 months ago

someone getting fired for doing a *shitty job*, is just that - someone getting fired for doing a shitty job.... Oh,and it may be helpful if your wife didn't chose such bigoted attitudes towards her hiring principles. Plenty of women never give birth. Plenty of men are lazy. Gender alone does NOT equate to "value to the company". Let's hope your wife isn't treated the same way she treats other women.

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Sandwiches.

Monika Rhodes
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4 months ago

Hopefully with spit in it.

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Nursing is over 90% female, as is elementary education. If I want to get into a program for either of those fields, should I get bonus points since I'm a man? That actually has been policy for some such programs. Is that fair ladies? Should I get a spot you were slightly more qualified for because 'I add so much to the gender diversity numbers of the field'?

Why?
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4 months ago

Your comments reek of misogyny.

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i can bring maternity leave, decreased productivity and fake sexual harrasment claims!

Beachy
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4 months ago

Are you for real?!

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4 months ago

The introvert's drug!

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4 months ago

Awesome idea!

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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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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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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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4 months ago

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

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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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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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4 months ago

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

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Realist single.

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