For men whose livelihoods depend on the goodwill of clients, we haven't exactly been shy about poking fun at them over the years. I always suspected it was only a matter of time before we finally received a "please take this down" e-mail, but I'd just assumed it would come from Hasbro, Denny's or the like.
I sincerely did not see this one coming. At all.
About two years ago, we did a simple little one-panel about how the creative dress code is pretty casual. Not exactly provocative stuff. Because it amused me, I contrasted a shot of the dapper Mad Men cast with a shot of a leather-clad cannibal from post-apocalyptic film Doomsday. The caption beneath the latter image read: "Sally Hogshead, hosting the National Creative Conference in 2005."
See, it's funny 'cause a leather-clad cannibal is so clearly not internationally-acclaimed creative director, author and speaker Sally Hogshead. Sally's extremely good at what she does, but she wouldn't last a day cage-fighting mutants in the Thunderdome.
Sally herself tells us she found it funny. At first.
The novelty probably wore off right around the time my throwaway joke became the #2 image result for her on Google. At which point some people assumed that Sally Hogshead must actually be a leather-clad cannibal.
For the record, this is Sally Hogshead.
This is not. Sally's probably not even a cannibal. Probably.
The one thing I want to stress above all else is how extremely gracious Sally's been. She didn't make a single demand or threat or even mention how messed up the world is when two idiots with a webcomic can impact the life of an advertising icon without even trying.