Manners, Dammit!
posted: August 6, 2007
I don't imagine etiquette books are big sellers these days. When I was a kid my grandmother gave each of the kids in our family a book of etiquette  and we were expected to read it. Pop quizzes abounded. No, the fingerbowl is not for drinking. My parents gave my kids an etiquette video that to this day gathers dust in the basement. How do we reach the kids in the future? Etiquette video games?  Here are some sketchbook thoughts on the subject. Perhaps what's needed is a new kind of book on manners. One with a little edge.
Nancy Stahl August 6, 2007
Ha, ha...! You hit on several that I watched happen this very weekend, Hal. While in a rest room I thought, why just employees? And here you have it..! And in the subway, it occured to me that I should offer my seat to a woman standing but realized she was probably my very age and might think it insulting. (How does etiquette deal with that one?) Next to me was a twenty-something woman and on my right, a teenaged guy, neither gave her plight a thought, I'm sure. Have you really seen a shirtless guy on an airplane? These should be posters. Love them all..! Make a tear-off postcard book out of them. People will buy them like crazy..!
Richard Allen August 6, 2007
Cute, funny and barbed, Hal.
Tim O'Brien August 6, 2007
These are great. I think agree with all of them and, unfortunately, broke a few.
Alex Murawski August 6, 2007
Hal these are great. I'm feeling a hard cover Mr. Manners book is in your future. Workplace safety slogans might be a good followup to that first inevitable NY TImes bestseller.
Dale Stephanos August 6, 2007
What, have you been watching me or somethin'? These are fantastic. It would be great to be able to get these as posters Hal. Nice job.
Bob Staake August 6, 2007
hal: they ain't gonna sell as posters, forget 'em on the back of playing cards, but as an op-ed piece, perfect! bs
laura t. August 6, 2007
love 'em! and i feel like an official weirdo but i used to read emily post's guide to etiquette for fun when i was a rugrat. I found an old book of Victorian etiquette I got a huge kick out of too. i love how furious everything is, esp. the inanimate objects. the lettering is fab. and finally, two confessions: sorry about the time my phone rang like 3 times in the middle of a play. it was a new phone and i didn't know how to turn it off. it was my mom, ps. and sorry about the time i stalked getting a seat on the subway for like 15 minutes and sat down real fast, then the guy that got up told me it was rude and i should give it to the pregnant lady behind me. now, i didn't see this pregnant lady, but the guy who got up obviously did- so why did he not offer his seat for so long? so many mysteries. great pics tho :)
laura l. August 6, 2007
These are great! I think it's about time kids these days got some etiquette lessons that they can relate to. (Remember Goofus and Gallant from Highlights for Children magazine?)
J.D. King August 6, 2007
I get the impression these are all aimed at Dykes. Save your breath (or ink), Hal. He's beyond help. Other than that? Funny!
Hal Mayforth August 6, 2007
I don't know what you're talking about J.D. Mr. Dykes spent one night at our house last winter with RAG. Showed up with a good bottle of scotch and a beautiful print. Several days later we received an original watercolor. The guy's got manners in up the wazoo. He's welcome here anytime. In fact, anyone interested in collecting his art, should invite him over. Perhaps you're thinking of someone else?
J.D. King August 6, 2007
Brian Stauffer August 6, 2007
You haven't experienced cell phone inconsideration until you've tried to see a movie in Miami! Edel, back me-up on this. I can't tell you how many times I've looked down a single theater row to see AT LEAST 4 people not nly answering their phones but having full-fledged conversations! During opera too! Please God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far away!
Walter Vasconcelos August 6, 2007
Hal... funny, always funny! :-)
Robert Saunders August 6, 2007
Ah Hal, you connected with the curmudgeon in me. Good words indeed. You go, boy!
Stephen Kroninger August 6, 2007
We all agree that we all have impeccable manners. It's that other guy... Nice work, Hal. I salute your crusade and wish you well with it. This might have the makings of a swell kids picture book. Finish up the dummy, work up some finishes and start shopping it around. If you weren't such a damn fine illustrator yourself I would offer my own humble talents to the project. It's strikes me as extremely commercial but then I don't know kids publishing as well as others (many, many others to be sure). All that to say, great concept. Run!
Larry Ross August 6, 2007
Hilarious, Hal! (Hey, that could be your new moniker, Hilarious Hal.) These are really great and since everybody is recommending a market, I'm not really sure how words like Asshole go over with children's book editors these days, but I seriously think these would make for a wonderful full page in The New Yorker. If I ever have grandchildren I'm going to look you up for copies of these!
Edel Rodriguez August 6, 2007
Wonderful sketches Hal, and a cool idea, they crack me up. I back up Stauffer's Miami stories. I love that J.D. went after Dykes, poor guy.
Stephen Kroninger August 6, 2007
Larry Ross: "I'm not really sure how words like Asshole go over with children's book editors these days" Now, now, Larry, children's books do indeed have editors who would no doubt excise any offending words from the text before publication. The New Yorker isn't a bad idea.
John Dykes August 6, 2007
Love 'em Hal! Thanks for them words, too... but I think J.D. has a point. I'm pretty sure I left my coffee cup (dirty dish) up in your studio... while wearing my baggies. And my hat. Inside your house. Sorry bout that.
Rob Dunlavey August 7, 2007
Yessss! Etiquette, the rude underbelly of class. And you, Hal, have a surplus of that precious commodity. Maybe just print up some stickers and start tagging the subways and airport terminals. Viral marketing.
Hal Mayforth August 7, 2007
Thanks for the great imput, folks. I may well get off my ass and take up Stephen's advice and do a dummy. It seems like the time is ripe for something like this. Laura L.- Sure I remember Goofus and Gallant! That was the first page I turned to while reading Highlight in the doctors office. That and The Timbertoes, whom I believe were done by the same artist. I always related to Goofus more than Gallant, except for the episode where Goofus was killing frogs with a hammer. (Do I have that right?) Rob D- I like the viral marketing idea alot, but it ain't gonna pay for 3 college educations.
Christoph Hitz August 7, 2007
I could see this as a sticker / reminder book, It should sell like hot cakes, Dammit! (Oops, Rob beat me to it)
Christoph Hitz August 7, 2007
Great new header and a fabulous broccoli tractor.
Tim Peak August 7, 2007
6.5 out of 10 (minus 10% for lateness) final mark: 5.9
Mike Moran August 7, 2007
Hal These are ... (excuse me I just burped and scratched myself as I typed this) Very funny and clever.
Zimm August 8, 2007
I need these as a set of cards, just to keep on me and hand out when I need to, which is often. This is brilliant stuff, Hal.
Virginia-mother of 2 teen boys March 11, 2008
I totally love these! Maybe if I gave my boys a set, while they were laughing their asses off, they might take some of the finer domestic hints into play (like the dishwasher which is a personnal pet peave of mine) later in life, so their future wives don't think I was a total slacker... Dont forget to add- if it looks like trash and smells like trash, then that's where it belongs, NOT on the floor!
David Flaherty March 11, 2008
The gift book market can pay pretty well compared to children's books for the starting out artist. From my limited exp.
All images copyright Hal Mayforth and may not be used without permission | 802-229-2716