This one was written by Mike Albo, and was killed right after I'd finished the drawings.
Some were edited and went through multiple revisions before being rejected, such as this one.
This was an attempt at a follow-up to one that was actually printed.
This one has an unusual history. The sketch was first submitted to a business magazine who had asked me for ideas. They seemed badly frightened by it, and in a quavering voice the art director said that they weren't interested in seeing any other ideas I had to offer, and that he needed to lie down for a bit to collect himself.
So I submitted it to the New Yorker, who liked it, and it was selected to fill the back page (this was before the caption contest took over). It was definitely going to run, but then we invaded Iraq that week, and a poem went on the back page instead. And it was never printed.
These are not my jokes.
This was one about ex-Presidents having showbiz careers. I couldn't find the text.
This is one I was encouraged to submit the day after Bush was re-elected in 2004. It went through 2 versions and stopped there.
This was the last comic I submitted. It went through several edits and then was rejected, and it all just seemed very arbitrary to me. Soon after that Owen left the magazine.