Jan 13, 2010
An unexpected conundrum I encountered in drawing this cartoon was that I couldn't come up with any landmark or cultural stereotype to put in the background as cartoonese for "This is Portugal." Draw Big Ben in the background and men wearing bowlers, and everyone knows the cartoon is set in England. Draw the Eiffel Tower and some guy wearing a beret and a long-sleeved tee with bold horizontal stripes, and voilá! we're in France.
There must be some castle or cathedral in Lisbon that all tourists are obliged to visit; but I couldn't name one, let alone expect readers to know what it looks like. Nor is there an identifiable Portuguese national costume or catch phrase. I bet you would be more likely to recognize their soccer uniform than their flag. (Did you even know that there is a second "u" in Portuguese?)