Bill Leak, editorial cartoonist for The Australian, returns to work after a freak accident left him in a coma for 3 days.

Bill Leak, editorial cartoonist for The Australian, returns to work after a freak accident left him in a coma for 3 days.

In most cases, the hardest part about coming up with an editorial cartoon is creating an idea that works. For The Australian’s award-winning cartoonist Bill Leak, the idea for his Saturday cartoon came to him around 10:30 in the morning. Right on schedule.

Leak's first cartoon in nearly 3 months.

Which is remarkable, considering it’s Leak’s first cartoon since falling from a balcony during a party at a friends house nearly 3 months ago, leaving him in a coma for 3 days.

“I’ve been afraid of the possibility that I wouldn’t be able to concentrate long enough and hard enough,” Leak said, as he comfortably sketched away at his cartoon on his Cintiq drawing tablet.

The cartoon he came up with seems to speak for his current situation. It featured a brain-damaged cartoonist, in a Rip Van Winkle moment, complaining that the world no longer made sense.

“Having the idea was such a relief, a moment of pure joy.”

View the video of Leak’s return here.

Bill Leak is a Cagle.com cartoonist. View more of his cartoons here.