I’ve been trying to come up with a title for this picture. i think the subtext is the comical futility of the human enterprise, but that won’t fit in the bar I made for the traditional italic text used in old seafaring pictures. At first I thought “Cowboy can’t whale” would do it, since I gave the whalemen Stetsons, and then I was going with “A parable of the Bush Administration”, but I don’t want to be reminded of that constantly while I finish this up.

Here’s one of the working sketches:

And a couple of details (sorry about that flash):