Cozumel cartoons

Cozumel in Cartoons

Cartoonist Carol Lay draws on her Cozumel experiences…


The C Words


My packing list for spending six months in Cozumel contained a lot of things that started with C:




C card

Credit card

Cash (in pesos)



Clip board



Other things made the list, but they’re not as much fun: Band aids, earplugs, meclizine, lease and vet documents, etc.


Almost two months into my experiment, I am 98% sure I want to live here full time. Clean air, the gorgeous sea, friendly people, and lots of things to do in spite of this being a smallish island. I hope to know for sure by the end of October when I have to fly back to Sacramento.


I’m sure many people love California’s capital for good reasons, but its nickname is “The City of Trees” and I’m allergic to every one of them. Sometimes in a stiff wind, they fall right over and attack your house or car. The trees here are shorter, less lethal, and haven’t fogged up my head. Yet. I need to check in at the end of my six month experiment. Or find a local allergist.


I’ve already done a few cartoons about Cozumel, and there will be plenty more as I dig deeper into island life. I’m open to ideas, invitations, and adventures — message me on Facebook! I want to spend a night wrangling turtle eggs (or whatever the humans do to help), swim in one of the local cenotes, taste authentic Mayan dishes, find a reliable dive buddy, and look for the good things on Ixchel’s island.


More C words: Carol > Cozumel.

But I don’t believe in signs, it’s probably just Coincidence.



Carol Lay has been writing and drawings comics and cartoons for over forty years. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, MAD Magazine, More, and The New Yorker, to name a few. She has also worked in film and animation as a storyboard artist, sneaking a sight gag or two into “B” movies like Top Secret. Other work includes The Simpsons comic books, Barbie comics for Mattel, and other fun stuff.

Cozumel en historietas

La caricaturista Carol Lay dibuja sus experiencias en Cozumel…

Las palabras con la letra C:

La lista que hice para empacar y quedarme seis meses en Cozumel contenía muchas cosas que en inglés comenzaban con la letra C:

Gato (Cat)

Acordeón (Concertina)

Ropa (Clothes)

Credencial de Certificación (C card)

Tarjeta de crédito (Credit card)

Dinero en efectivo en pesos  (Cash in pesos)

Chequera (Checkbook)

Computadora (Computer)

Portapapeles (Clipboard)



Otras cosas incluidas en la lista, pero no tan divertidas: curitas, tapones de oídos, meclicina, arrendamiento y documentos del veterinario, etc.


A dos meses de iniciado mi experimento, estoy 98% segura que quiero vivir aquí tiempo completo. Aire limpio, el maravilloso mar, gente amigable y muchas cosas para hacer a pesar de ser una pequeña isla. Espero saber con seguridad en Octubre cuando regrese a Sacramento.


Estoy segura que, por buenos motivos, muchas personas aman la capital de California pero su apodo es “La Ciudad de los Árboles” y soy alérgica a cada uno de ellos. En ocasiones, durante una ráfaga de viento caen y atacan su casa y su auto. Aquí los árboles son más bajos, menos letales, y no han empañado mi cabeza. Pero debo confirmarlo al final de mi experimento de seis meses o de lo contrario encontrar un alergólogo local.


Ya he creado algunas caricaturas acerca de Cozumel, y habrá muchas más conforme me zambullo más en la vida isleña. Estoy abierta a recibir ideas, invitaciones y aventuras. Envíenme un mensaje a través de Facebook. Quiero pasar una noche cuidando huevos de tortuga (o lo que sea que hagan los humanos para ayudar), nadar en uno de los cenotes locales, probar auténticos platillos maya, encontrar un compañero de buceo confiable, y encontrar cosas buenas en la Isla de Ixchel.


Mas palabras con la letra C: Carol>Cozumel

Pero en realidad no creo en las señales, probablemente es tan solo Coincidencia.


Carol Lay se ha dedicado a escribir y dibujar en historietas y hacer caricaturas por mas de cuarenta años. Su trabajo ha aparecido en los diarios The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, la revista MAD, More y el diario The New Yorker, sólo por mencionar algunos. Ha trabajado en la industria cinematográfica y de animación como artista gráfica, furtivamente echando un vistazo o dos a las películas clasificación “B” como si fuera algo ultra secreto. Otros trabajos incliyen las historietas impresas de Los Simpson, historietas impresas de Barbie para la empresa Mattel, y otras cosas divertidas.

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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