The longest running job I ever had, other than teaching swimming (still going strong!), was the seven years I spent illustrating for "The National Catholic Register" where I did the weekly "Facts of Life" column on the back page. Those seven years spanned from my sophomore year of high school through my first year after college. I'm posting some of the thumbnails and final art here. There were a lot of weird assignments over the years: what's up with this disembodied hand giving money away to housewives? And is that a fat stack of cash in a baby's diaper?
Must have been something about the financial value of housework. Obviously, this was a newspaper with a very "traditional" set of values. The most common requests from the editor were: babies in the womb (giving a big thumbs up, reading books, holding a "Go Nebraska!" sign, etc) people talking to priests, families in church pews, traditional nuclear family units... Well, I'm not Catholic, so I had to quit doing it eventually, but looking at them now I'm happy I had a chance to do all this screwing around.