You know, out of the hundreds of cartoons I've drawn, there have only been maybe four or five that have had the muted background. Today and yesterday are two of those few. Is that at all significant? Probably not.
I've been cartooning since I was a teenager, and have been published in magazines ranging from AASHTO Quarterly to the LDS Church magazines and several other periodicals, trade publications and newsletters.
Feel free to contact me with comments, complaints or questions!