Several times, when I was late with a
column, Jeff would call to find out what I was writing about, so he could get
his illustration done on deadline. Our conversations would go like this:
ME: I think it's gonna be about my dog.
JEFF: OK, your dog.
ME: And it doesn't see the snake.
JEFF: The snake?
ME: Right, a snake. On my lawn. The dog doesn't see it.
JEFF: Got it.
And with only that to go on, Jeff would
produce, in an hour, a brilliant, perfect illustration, usually way funnier than
the column." Dave Barry
Jeff MacNelly and Dave Barry had a long and
prolific relationship. Not only did Jeff illustrate Dave's Sunday columns
for 13 years, he was also he illustrator for many Dave Barry books
including; Dave Barry is not taking this sitting down, Dave
Barry is not making this up and Dave Talks Back, among others.