"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity,
4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple." - Willy Wonka
been walking around a good long time
on this planet and, like most people,
I've had the occasional idea for a new
product of which I honestly thought
millions would beat a path to my door
to obtain in return for large sums of
knew in my avaricious little heart that
I would be the new Popeil and millions
Mikey (pat. pend.) stashed away, ready
to whip out at a moment's notice to amaze
friends and family.
Then I read the government-approved manual
on obtaining patents. Actually, it should
to Obtain a Patent in a Million-Kajillion
Years You Wretched Little Cretin", because
unless you're fabulously wealthy, have
patent attorneys at your beck-and-call
and are willing
to wait basically forever-and-a-day for
patent approval then you're chasing the
wrong pipe dream.
I think that's why I decided to become
a web cartoonist. It allows free rein
my imagination and requires no outlay
of capital outside of a few hours of
Besides, if I ever someday
decide to commit these comics to paper
be one or two people out there with a
Pocket Mikey to share with friends.
that would be cool.