Sunday, December 31, 2017

12/31/2017

I get a lot of laughs when watching comedic movies depicting life at school. My comic focuses almost exclusively on adults, but even I got a chance to poke fun at high school days via the boss’ flashback.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

12/30/2017

I wonder why the word “ow”, is used both to express pain and as somewhat of a filler word when getting down and singing. Hot water can be great during a shower, but you mustn’t overdo it.

Friday, December 29, 2017

12/29/2017

Once upon a time, the family and I went to an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant that we had not previously visited. I found the food so delicious that by the end of the meal (okay, at the end of all three meals), I literally spent a few tense moment wondering if I had overdone it and was about to die. This was, needless to say, scary, but it gave me the idea for this “sideways” comic strip!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

12/28/2017

Lots of folks don’t see much (if any) snow where they live, so this could be a bit of an inside joke for us cold-climate dwellers. In truth, shoveling snow is an aerobic activity, and the wetter the snow, the heavier it is. That’s why you need to take extra care when the snow is wet.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

12/27/2017

Today Candace confesses her own inability to put in a full day’s work! I think having trouble focusing one’s undivided attention is an affliction that most of us suffer from at one point or another, and it’s a pretty common subject for comics.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

12/26/2017

In the final panel, I originally was going to have Candace think, Know thy enemy (something you might see hanging on the wall of every war room in existence. Then I got to realizing that these two are not enemies—merely frenemies, which helps give a needed dose of quirkiness to Candace’s train of thought. I always draw Megan right-handed, but she looks like she can throw a pretty mean southpaw haymaker!

Monday, December 25, 2017

12/25/2017

A very merry Christmas from Candace ‘n’ Company! Peace on Earth may or may not happen anytime soon, but here’s to hoping you have a peaceful holiday!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

2017-12-24

…And we’re back to silly political spats! Kind of an interesting way to follow up a Christmas story, but these Sunday strips often march to their own beat. I believe this cartoon was my first ever attempt at showing how apolitical Candace’s roomie is.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

2017-12-23-Ho-Ho-Ho!

I decided it would be best to end my Christmas story with the roomies and Fido watching It’s a Wonderful Life, which is one of my favorite movies (they just don’t make ‘em the way they used to!). There is sometimes the debate about exactly what Christmas is all about. If you’re a child, a likely answer would be somewhere along the lines of, “To get a new gaming console!”. I hope that Megan’s perspective offers a new way of looking at it.

Friday, December 22, 2017

2017-12-22-Ho-Ho-Ho!

Something I always want to do around Christmas, but often don’t have the time, is to simply go out and enjoy looking at all the colorful lights. I can still recall being very young and living across from a house that was beautifully lit up from approximately November through February (maybe even March). I’m pretty sure most people’s electric bills are at their highest in December.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017-12-21-Ho-Ho-Ho!

Here’s where Meg made her mistake: By using the adjective “religious” in her tirade. If she’d have simply left it out, Candace couldn’t have easily shifted gears to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Of course, when Candace gets started singing, it’s hard to stop her.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2017-12-20-Ho-Ho-Ho!

It was a bit tricky stuffing all of these words into one comic, but I really wanted to juxtapose Candace’s Christmas singing with Megan’s phone conversation. In order to get the words verbatim, I had to consult a hymnal with the song Angels We Have Heard on High included.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2017-12-19-Ho-Ho-Ho!

Like I’ve probably said before, Candace is all for gender equality. When I first ran this strip, I received some amusing feedback from a reader making reference to a “free range Candace” (due to what Megan said).

Monday, December 18, 2017

2017-12-18-Ho-Ho-Ho!

Speaking of relentless commercialism around the holidays, I can still recall seeing the first Christmas merchandise appearing at a large hardware store one year around September 19. I noted that for the first time I was literally seeing this annual site during summer. Who would have thought that Jingle Bells could mean your email alert going off nonstop as the holiday ads pour in?



Saturday, December 16, 2017

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I read about candy canes on the back of a candy cane box once, and thought it would be fun to incorporate it into my Christmas story. These days candy canes come in all kinds of flavors (I’m waiting for them to pop up for Halloween!), but if you want to keep it simple, what’s better than peppermint?


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Friday, December 15, 2017

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She tells Megan to “respect the art form”, then she does this. Even Fido’s puzzled!


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

2017-12-14-Ho-Ho-Ho!::
For me (and I suspect for many others), taking down the decorations after the holidays is mostly about trying to stuff everything back into bins for the next eleven months, and not so much about organization. As a result, Candace’s little nativity scene is missing a key player. My memory is a little fuzzy, but I don’t think I originally set out to have her use Santa Claus to fill in for Joseph the carpenter. Maybe one of the Magi? I based Candace’s little history lesson on what I learned of the real Saint Nicholas, who happens to be the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers.


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2017-12-13-Ho-Ho-Ho!:
Every December newspaper funny pages become full of Christmas themed comic strips, and with a character like Candace, it was almost mandatory for me to add a little holiday cheer in my little cartoon. Some of my favorite comic strip Christmas stories are from Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes, in which Calvin spends the days leading up to the 25th wondering if all the bad behavior he’s been guilty of is going to come back to haunt him.


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2017-12-12:
Sometimes I’m tempted to just reach across the dinner table and grab what I want. Most of the time I yield to that temptation, but I’ve created a protagonist who is much more well behaved than yours truly. This is another of my older comics, and one indication of that is Megan’s hair, which is just a tiny bit spikier than I typically draw it these days.


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Monday, December 11, 2017

2017-12-11:
I’m pretty sure this is the safe and proper way to safely catch a spider (minus the ten foot long paint pole). I have used this method to rid my bedroom of the occasional unwanted arachnid before settling into bed, and if you think of spiders the way Candace does, putting your hand within inches of them can be a chilling experience. But most spiders are completely harmless to humans, and many are beneficial.


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017-12-10:
Charlie’s pet phrase for Megan came from thoughts I often have about nonsensical sentences. I always got a kick out of imagining telling someone to stay in whatever state they are. So Charlie tells Megan to “Stay female”, which is all fine and dandy until Candace butts in and plants whatever doubts she can in Megan’s mind! And it’s stuff like this that makes me suspect these two Best Frenemies Forever are out to drive each other batty!




Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017-12-09:
I wasn’t consciously thinking this, but Fido’s action in the last panel pretty much reflects my own attitude toward television commercials! But I should point out that once in a while a televised ad will make me laugh. The main point I was going for is just how insistent pets can be about sleeping with their humans!


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Friday, December 8, 2017

2017-12-08:
One character I don’t get into my cartoon as often as I’d like is the boss’ health nut wife. I’m pretty sure most of us can relate to overdoing an exercise now and again, resulting in days of soreness (I’ll never forget those touch football games!). Of course, I like to always leave the unrevealed scenes of my cartoon to the readers’ imaginations. Did the boss really spend five hours working out? Or is there another cause of his physical exhaustion when his wife found out he put on weight??


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

2017-12-07:
I can still remember an instrumental rendition of Chattanooga Choo Choo playing at the roller rink. It seems that Candace has a thing for singing big band tunes while rub-a-dub-dubbing in the tub. and, of course, she tops it off by bringing politics into the ensuing argument with Megan.


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2017-12-06:
I don’t fancy myself as unusually cynical, but when it comes to advertisements, I just love to poke fun! Here, I wanted to explore the way businesses use happy photographs to help make you, the potential customer, feel good about utilizing their services. Getting the bill at month’s end can be, well, shocking!


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017-12-05:
One of Candace’s favorite pastimes is ribbing her roommate over sleeping in ridiculously late on days off! I suspect that Candace’s most advanced art skills come in the form of coming up with excuses for mistakes, but who doesn’t want to attempt to paint a still life image at least once in his or her life?


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Monday, December 4, 2017

2017-12-04:
Here’s one of three Candace ‘n’ Company cartoons that are (as of this writing) pegged to appear in the upcoming book The Comx Box Continuum. I based the joke on an event one Halloween when the family and I wanted to watch a classic black-and-white horror movie, via streaming. We eventually settled on the 1931 movie Dracula, but it took quite a while to find anything. I got to thinking about how the more available something is, the harder it seems to be to be satisfied with any of it!


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Sunday, December 3, 2017

2017-12-03:
Candace’s roommate abhors cold weather. Today’s cartoon is set at fifteen degrees, Fahrenheit, which is downright nippy (especially once you add in the wind chill). I like to think of cold weather the way Candace does: It’s still hundreds of degrees above absolute zero! Feel better? Me, neither.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

2017-12-02:
During the cold season, I can spend hours in bed with ice cold feet. I can even wake up in the wee hours of the morning with one or both feet feeling like a block of ice. I have discovered that standing in a bathtub with warm water for a time can help speed up the warming process when I crawl into the sack. The roomies live in a one bathroom house, so here’s a late night encounter that was inevitable. I just had to wait for December to roll in before I could run it!

Friday, December 1, 2017

2017-12-01:
Another shot at humanity. You follow up a wise little “sermon” by doing the exact opposite of what you preach! The boss’ nonsensical declaration at the end is reminiscent of TV ads by lawyers, which in essence say, “If you or a loved one have suffered injury or death, call us”.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

2017-11-30:
When first penciling in the artwork for this comic, I drew if from the back of the couch, so you could see all of Candace awkwardly sprawled out. I don’t often draw people in this fashion, so it was rather tricky for me to figure out just how to pose her. In the end, I decided it was funnier just to show her (well-pedicured) feet sticking up from behind the couch. Candace’s yoga skills are comparable to her cooking skills: She’s usually quite adept, but when she goofs up, she goofs up.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


2017-11-29:
This is another little cartoon starring Candace’s boss and her boss’ wife. My comics focus almost exclusively on single life, so these two give me a way to poke fun at married life.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

 2017-11-28:
I think most people in developed nations have succumbed to an ailment that doesn’t exist among third world nations. We’ve become too darned dependent on our modern conveniences! Sometimes during a power outage I will walk into a dark room and immediately flip the light switch, expecting illumination. Much in the same way, Megan thinks she can go on social media mere seconds after learning the Internet is temporarily unavailable. Humans!


Monday, November 27, 2017

2017-11-27:
Usually it’s the government that gets the blame for the compromise of citizens’ privacy, but I went with corporate America in today’s comic. After all, if you’re in the business of selling, the best way to achieve that end is to find out as much as you can about prospective customers. Candace is one of the holdouts, fighting against the status quo, but it might be a losing battle. Her own roommate has been conditioned by the system!



Sunday, November 12, 2017

2017-11-12:
Here is where I focus on a well-known adage regarding personal conduct. But I’m most interested in the video game the roomies are playing, which involves a split-screen showing biplanes. One of my favorite video games ever played (Star Fox 64) involving areal dogfighting among star fighters, but I was mostly influenced here by the arcade game Barnstorming), in which you are sent on missions to bomb enemy bases from your plane.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

2017-11-11:
Next time, Candace needs to get to bed earlier.



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Friday, November 10, 2017

2017-11-10:
Does Candace secretly have a crush on Megan’s boyfriend? That’s entirely up to the readers’ imaginations. Meg could just be overly paranoid, suspecting her innocent roomie of trying to “jump her claim”. At any rate, it’s an element I like playing with in my cartoons.


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

2017-11-09:
To date, I think I’ve only ever drawn Megan’s mother one time, and it was in a comic set approximately ten years before Candace ‘n’ Company. She had some goofy tattoos, but none described by her daughter in this cartoon. I imagine she paid many visits to the local tattoo shop in the ensuing decade.



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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

2017-11-08:
This is another cartoon I put together with the intent of practicing on my light box (okay, light pad). I wanted to draw Candace’s face from my three favorite angles, and chose to omit Megan entirely from the artwork (which gives the whole thing an interesting look). It might appear slightly lazy to rely only on a talking head (accompanied by a hand in panel #2), but I needed to get acquainted with my new toy.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2017-11-07:
I believe I first heard the term “showers” (describing rainfall) as a boy while watching the Weather Channel. Naturally, it would lead to this.


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Monday, November 6, 2017

2017-11-06:
I don’t see very many baseball games, so again I’m sort of winging it here. But Candace is a huge fan of the sport. It seemed only appropriate to show her in a sort of “mourning” period to say good-bye to another season of the American pastime. And Megan gets points for being rather compassionate.


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

2017-11-05:
Who knows where my mind was when this idea came about? Sometimes I find a public toilet left in disarray, and I have to decide: Clean it up and risk getting my hands filthy or leave it to the pros and risk having someone blame the whole thing on me. Which brings to mind another memory of emerging from a stall just as an employee was discovering that someone had been locking himself in stalls and climbing out from under the walls and/or door. Apparently, I had unwittingly found the one stall not locked up, and I figured I was probably suspect #1!
  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

2017-11-04:
I’m surprised these types of television commercials don’t get made fun of more often in comic strips. They’re actually a gold mine for humorous stabs at human insecurity (Disclaimer: I’m not calling you insecure; just some people). I don’t know for sure when the proverbial door-to-door salesman first found permanent lodging in most people’s homes, but it was probably sometime around when the first newspaper ads began to regularly show up. And that salesman has just gotten more and more prominent with the innovation of radio, television, cyberspace, etc.!


Friday, November 3, 2017

2017-11-03:
Introducing the first ever comic strip I’ve drawn with the aid of a light box (or in my case a light pad)! I try to remain very attentive to suggestions and constructive criticisms directed at Candace ‘n’ Company, and to see how and if I can work on them to improve. Otherwise, I would never have thought about a light box. Using my new toy, I traced the same drawing of Candace five times over to create a strip in which she looks as close to identical as possible from Monday to Friday. I even patterned the joke around my need to do this!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

2017-11-02:
Yes, this is a pretty cliché joke for a comic strip. But I'm only human!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

2017-11-01:
They say that happiness is a choice, not a destination. Candace may have lowered the bar for herself today, but whatever works, right? I don’t know about you, but I share her love of a good tuna melt.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2017-10-31-Trick-or-Treat!:
Happy Halloween! Today marks the end of a story that I hope went over well.  The last piece of dialogue leaves the door open for a potential new story featuring Megan’s seven dates in seven nights. As of right now, I haven’t written that story, but you just never know…

Monday, October 30, 2017

2017-10-30-Trick-or-Treat!:
Among Candace’s relatives are her twin nephew and niece. It seems fairly common for a family to have that one aunt who smothers the poor kids with her hugs and kisses, so why not make Candace that aunt? The kids appear ready and willing to take on the impending affection tonight, but I suspect it can wear thin on them. In case you’re wondering, the niece is a cowgirl, and the nephew is a Jedi. The basketball player and the ghost are keeping their distance!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

2017-10-29-Trick-or-Treat!:
Trick-or-Treat! continues tomorrow!