How did the idea for this book come about?

How did the idea for this book come about?

The announcement of our new book series this week has garnered a lot of enthusiastic questions!

Questions like:
How did you come up with the idea?
Was there a particular incident that inspired this book?
Will you go out with my sister’s friend, Cheryl?

Well, to answer those questions more thoroughly, Scott and I shot a little video below. (And please tell Cheryl I’m flattered but married.)

For those of you who are in a quiet room and prefer not to play videos featuring the Australian accent, here’s the TLDR version:

I was doing a NSFW stand-up bit in my act for about 10 years that discussed how every person in New York has a different end to the statement, “You’re not a real New Yorker until…” — Some of the things people shouted out from the audience were truly hair-raising. Things like, “Until you see an NYU student get hit by a car?” or “Until you see a rat &$#* a pigeon.”


That bit led to my writing partner, Scott and I developing the idea further…

What if we had an entire BOOK of “You’re not a real New Yorker until…” cartoons, but then extended it further to “You’re not a real ANYTHING until…” We came up with a list of about a hundred variants and shopped the book around to publishers, registered the copyright and trademarks in multiple territories, and finally landed on the series you see before you today!

The first book is about the farcical journey that comes with raising small humans into fully-grown adults… There’s nothing that brings people together like humour, and we’re hoping that’s what this book does…

Next up on the slate is “You’re Not A Real Dog-Owner Until…” which, those of you who know me will realize, will be much easier for visual reference since my dog, Morris, sits and stares at me the whole time I’m at the drawing board…

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