Creative Quarantine: Cartoonist Rich Sparks

The Look of Love | © Rich Sparks

1. How are you holding up? 

Fortunately, I’m a homebody by nature. So working from home is pretty nice. Plus it’s nice to hang with my family. However, at the office, I have a big fat computer and I do miss all that horsepower. 

2. Has Covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way? 

Not really. Sometimes I get a little topical, but generally I work the incorporeal tip.

The Creative Urge | © Rich Sparks

3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to keep after this is over? 

I have been ordering paper and pens online. I always liked going into the local Blick to buy pads, but if reopening takes a long time, ordering could become a regular practice.

4. Of the artists you follow, who’s handling this particularly well?

I think John Cuneo is using this moment well. He’s expressing a lot of the uncertainty of daily life–and how to be pervy with a mask–and also outrage at political leaders.

Rich Sparks is a cartoonist from Chicago. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, WSJ, the American Bystander, Weekly Humorist, Barron’s, Narrative Magazine, and several other outlets. His recent book, “Love and Other Weird Things,” is available here.