Updated: Aug 2, 2020
RiP, Chivalry. Pen and ink. Originally published in the Daily Pennsylvanian on September 20, 2007.
The first iPhone was unveiled in the summer of 2007. I was interning in New York at the time, and still remember the commotion at the Apple flagship store there as people lined up around the block to get their hands on Steve Jobs’ latest brainchild. (The entire launch got a truckload of press, and the media actively reported on the celeb sightings: which ones sent their personal assistants, which ones lined up in person, and which ones tried to cut the line by virtue of their celebrity status. Imagine the Twitter feeds!)
Fast forward a few months later to the fall semester of college. Smartphones were still relatively new, and most people that did have them owned BlackBerries. Still, what the iPhone early adopters lacked in numbers, they made up for in intense brand loyalty, prompting the idea for this cartoon.
This is a scan of the original drawing prior to publication. More about my stint at the DP here.