Three Rivers Festival's Junk Food Alley and Elephant Ears Cartoon

It's that time of the year again in Fort Wayne Indiana. The middle of July brings all kinds of people downtown to celebrate the Three Rivers Festival. Concerts, competitions, amusement rides and of course, the famous Junk Food Alley!

Although, I think that they may no longer call it Junk Food Alley because of the negative connotations associated with the term, "junk food".

Maybe they need a new, politically correct name such as, Marginally Nutritious Sustenance Corridor. Man, I missed my calling! I really should've gone into marketing.

Anyhow, of my favorite marginally nutritious treats has to be the classic elephant ear. If you've never had one, give it a try. Just be sure to bring a permission slip from your cardiologist! I hope you enjoy my elephant ear cartoon that first appeared in Fort Wayne Magazine a few years ago.

Three Rivers Festival Elephant Ears Cartoon

Fantasy of Lights With The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Cartoon

Here's a cartoon I did for Fort Wayne Monthly magazine back in 2011. 

Fantasy-of Lights-Fort-Wayne-Childrens-Zoo

I imagine that it's pretty difficult for one person to put up all those lights at Franke Park's "Fantasy of Lights" display. So what do you do when one of your co-workers doesn't show up for work that day? It's simple. Just walk through the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and look for a hand. Evidently, Jim, a Parks and Recreation worker did exactly that. Although, this time of year the zoo is closed to the public, so finding human help might be hard. But never underestimate the helpful nature of fellow mammals. Like giraffes. By the way... Did you know they have the same amount of vertebrae in their necks that humans have? Also, did you know that the cost per vertabra inch is much cheaper for a human turtleneck sweater than a giraffe's.

Anyhow, Jim found a very hardworking giraffe who was happy to help. 

Cartoon Sketch Not Chosen For Fort Wayne Monthly

cows at johnny appleseed festival

First of all, these sketches I post aren't meant to be a slam against Fort Wayne Monthly Magazine. They are a DREAM to work with and are always supportive of my cartoon ideas. It's just that every month, I submit three Fort Wayne-specific sketches and only one can be chosen to be finalized into a finished version that eventually gets published in the intended issue. 

It works that way in much of the publishing world. You submit a number of sketches to the magazine's editor or sometimes the art director. They have a meeting with others around the magazine and (hopefully) choose one to eventually print.

I wouldn't post sketches that I send to other magazines, because if Magazine A doesn't select anything, a similar Magazine B might be interested. But not if it has already been plastered all over the internet on somebody's blog.

In the case of Fort Wayne Monthly, there is no other magazine that would be interested in publishing cartoons about Fort Wayne. So they either sit on my hard drive or I post them here. Some might say, why not just generalize the cartoon by taking the Fort Wayne elements out of the joke? To them I say, THAT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF WORK!!! You know, these naps of mine aren't going to take themselves!

So, here goes. This sketch was drawn a few months ago in anticipation of the September issue. Anybody who knows about Fort Wayne in September, knows that the Johnny Appleseed Festival is a big deal. Food, music, art, crafts, and all kinds of historical stuff about our heritage. Oh yes, and the bees! But, I already did a cartoon a long time ago about the bees at the festival, so this this one is about the hay bales arranged throughout the festival grounds.  


5 Proven Funny Business Cartoons That Have Been Used in Major Business Publications.

And you can use them for only $20 a piece in your own powerpoint, presentation, e-mail campaign, e-newsletter, blog or company social media page.

Click to contact me if you have any interest in using them in hard-copy materials, such as newsletters, magazines, brochures, etc.


This ironic alligator/businessman briefcase cartoon was first used by Reader's Digest Magazine. Although not a business publication, Reader's Digest often uses business cartoons in the work related areas of the magazine. This cartoon might work for a business presentation about workplace fashion or I often thought it would be ideal for an animal rights organization. Click on the cartoon to add to cart, pay for and download it for your purposes.


This consulting fee cartoon has appeared in Barron's. It's a play on the old "Give a man a fish.." adage. I think this cartoon could work in a lot of different business situations. Click on the cartoon to add to cart, pay for and download it for your purposes.


Here's another cartoon that I was happy to have published in the Wall Street Journal. It's a cartoon that's near and dear to my heart, because I do a lot of penciling in. Although I don't have a cool view of the skyline out of my office window like this cartoon does. Click on the cartoon and get the ball rolling to use it in your presentation, e-mail, blog, etc. 


Do you ever get the feeling that you might have less of a hard time getting to talk on the phone to someone if your name was Warren Buffet or Paul McCartney? I think you're right. And our receptionist above is proving the point. This cartoon showed up in a really cool business magazine called Worthwhile. Unfortunately, they went out of business some years back.  Click the cartoon to add to cart.


Here's a cartoon that might be good in a real estate presentation, e-mail, blog, e-newsletter, etc. It could also work for estate planning lawyers, retirement firms or stock brokers. Just click on the cartoon to start using it for your electronic media purposes. Contact me to use in printed materials such magazines, newsletters, greeting cards, brochures or what have you.


Celebrate National Dog Day, A Day Late With A Business Outsourcing Cartoon

Well here I am, a day late and a doggy short. Is that the old phrase? No, I didn't think so, but YOU try to come up with an opening line for a blog post. Anyways, in honor of our illustrious furry friends, I've decided to post one of my dog cartoons, hopefully for your enjoyment. Feel free to show it to Fido or Fidette. You'll know they like it if you get right up in their face and start saying their name while talking in baby talk. If they start licking your face, they like the cartoon. Unless you just ate a bologna sandwich, which could mean they are motivated by something else entirely.   

But show it to them anyway. He or she might enjoy seeing this business cartoon featuring a K9 in a starring role. Do you know what it must take for a cartoon dog like this to work his or her way up the corporate ladder to finally become a CED (Chief Executive Dog)? Probably they would need to start off in the mailroom, trying to hold back from their natural impulse of barking at the mail carrier. That must be r-r-r-rough.

Maybe next, they would be promoted to a customer service phone job, where they would salivate every time the phone rang. Or possibly they work their way up through a position in Human Resources, which when you think about the name of the department, is kind of biased towards humans and not doggies. 

Well this dog certainly is enjoying his place at the head of the board room table and is really tickled when one of the board members brings up the idea of outsourcing. Check out the cartoon and you'll see why. Thanks and happy National Dog Day, yesterday!

If you would like to use this cartoon in your powerpoint,  presentation, email or other electronic media, just click on the cartoon and you'll find yourself on the cartoon page where you can download it for $20.  Want to use it in print form for newsletters, magazines or books? Click CONTACT at the top of the page and we'll figure out a fair price for your specific needs.


Grab The Popcorn, It's Time For A Business Cartoon Video.

Here it is. Back by popular demand! My Smeltzer Cartoons "Business Cartoon Slideshow Presentation" on Youtube! You're Welcome!

Actually, I'm embedding this video on my new fancy-schmancy  blog, because I've redesigned my website and my old website page that was home to the video before, is no longer there. Go ahead and check- I'll wait. Hmmmmmm...hmmmmmm...hmmmmmm (fingers tapping on the desk) Hmmmmmmm....hmmmm...hmmm (whistling theme to The Munsters). Okay, are you back? See, I told you it wasn't there.

It's here and it's available for your viewing pleasure. All one minute and 19 seconds of it. So, grab the popcorn and those snow cap candy deals and sit back as you lose yourself in the whimsical world of Steve Smeltzer's cast of wise-crackin' business characters. (I wonder if anybody's actually reading this?) You want cartoons of business people giving presentations? You got it! You want cartoons about non-productive employees? You got it! You want anthropomorphic animals in business suits? You got it? You want.....well you get the idea.

One mouse click and you'll see the funniest business cartoons you'll see at that same exact moment, anywhere else. At Smeltzer Cartoons, I take your busy schedule into consideration and have painstakingly designed the video to play with one mouse click. (Or maybe that was Youtube, that did that...I'll check into that). Irregardlessly regardless, you'll notice that the cartoons seamlessly move from one to the other and all you need to do is sit back and read the captions underneath the funny pictures. Those of you who have not taken the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading Course may want to make use of the pause button on the lower left of the video player.

Seriously, now. If you want to use one of these cartoons in your business powerpoint presentation, email, social media, etc., find it here 

Click on the cartoon and it will take you to a shopping cart, where you can pay by credit card. It's safe and simple. And it's only $20 to download. 

If you want to use it print media (magazine, newsletter, book, greeting card, etc.), contact me here and we'll work out a price.