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Sunday, August 27, 2017

2017-08-27:
This one was fun. It was inspired by my early days of text messaging when I realized how easily things can get lost in translation when one uses the written word rather than the spoken word. Sometimes you just have to do like Candace and get a vocal confirmation.



Saturday, August 26, 2017

2017-08-26:
Well, if I remember my New Testament accurately, it was actually faith, hope, and love that were suggested as the most important virtues (at least by Saint Paul). On the other hand, "charity" is the word used for "love" in the King James Version. At any rate, I needed three names for three women who don't score well in Megan's book. While Love is, in fact a name, I decided to tweak things a bit and swap it out for Charity, which I suspect (could be wrong) is slightly more common.

Friday, August 25, 2017

2017-08-25:
I probably drew this to poke fun at myself (again!). I'm just the type of person who prefers everything planned out in advance and don't much care for when things change on a whim (unless it's my whim). Anyway, when pizza's involved, I'll bet I'm not the only one who'd fume at the suggestion to put it off!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017-08-23:
Well, I found out how dissimilar human feet and dog paws are! Sure, they both have toes and nails, but that's about it. Here we have Fido obeying his master on a technicality. But apparently, he took a liking to how it feels to wear slippers in the morning. I draw those darned slippers too big for Candace's feet, and now I go and try stuffing the onto Fido's front paws! Yeah, this is one of my crazier attempts.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017-08-22:
I wonder if our furry friends (both dogs and cats) secretly laugh at our scientific and technological breakthroughs. Sure, no pet could ever possibly understand the minute details of much of what we humans learn, but they seem to instinctively know things we often overlook. Observing the family dog positioning himself under his eating masters, I realized that without comprehending all the details, he knew exactly how to use gravity (and a little human carelessness) to his advantage. To me, pets are one of the ultimate inspirations for comic strip artists.

Monday, August 21, 2017

2017-08-21:
Sports can be fun! Since "football" seems to primarily apply to one of two different games, depending on where you live, it was a simple enough matter to make both roomies avid football people. With today's cartoon, I wanted to explore something I find interesting. First off, any sport poses a risk factor. A night of volleyball once left me with a leg injury that persisted for months. Obviously, the American version of full contact football requires as much head protection as you can get. But I have also heard some interesting news on the dangers of using your head on a soccer ball. Ultimately, I decided there was a humorous comic strip to be unearthed.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I enjoy inserting quotes and/or musical lyrics into my comics from time to time. It makes me feel like I'm adding a decidedly intellectual feel for what would otherwise be one panel north of a simple gag cartoon. Here we have Candace emulating Linus Van Pelt in her ability to quote a Biblical verse from memory. But the very nature of comic strips tends to demand brevity in the dialogue, so word-for-word quotes need to be handled with significant care. The superior dimensions of a Sunday comic strip, however, helped out today.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

2017-08-19:
   I drew this one before I ever owned a smartphone, so I was kind of winging it in the last panel. But now I at least know I was fairly accurate in my depiction of how these sneaky little handheld devices like to play cruel games with their "owners'" sanity. But my main goal was to make something of the old saying, "There goes the neighborhood". It went out when the Megster came in!



Friday, August 18, 2017

2017-08-18:
   For years I had thought of marriage counseling only as something couples pursued as a means of rectifying a marriage that was going south in a hurry (think of The Lockhorns). But it was a learning experience for me to learn that prospective spouses often go to counseling before tying the knot as a means of being fully prepared when it comes time to say, "I do.". Of course, with me being at the mercy of a wandering mind, a joke like this was bound to follow in the wake of my newfound knowledge. I had fun making a little sketch of the boss and his wife on their wedding day, but I feel like Ellie doesn't look any younger. Well, I'll just say her appearance hasn't aged a day in the past fifteen or so years (must be all the exercising she does).



Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017-08-17:
   This is one of my favorites. The details of the boss' bachelor party all those years ago are left to your imagination, because he certainly isn't about to tell anyone! What happens at the party stays at the party, not due to discretion, but rather to a form of amnesia! 



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017-08-16:
   Candace is a girl who goes to church every week; Megan is a girl who argues every day. When visitors came by to present their religious views, either roomie seemed well enough prepared in their own specific fields. But now Meg's gonna need some aloe vera for the burn Candace laid on her! Given Meg's total aversion to politics, I suspect this cartoon could have just as easily centered around a group of political volunteers trying to persuade her to back up their candidate.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017-08-15:
   I'm simply speaking from memory, but I recall a list of humorous tips given by Garfield the cat in regard to dealing with being too fat. One tip was to only hang around people fatter than you! In the case of today's comic, it's not an issue of weight Candace's boss has on his hands, but his approach to looking a little better to his wife is pretty much the same thing: Just be seen in the company of folks who are worse off than you are!



Monday, August 14, 2017

2017-08-14:
   Do you have a grumpy neighbor? It seems to me that, at least in fictitious settings, there is often that one crab who doesn't want anyone coming around, and no one particularly wants to. In this particular neighborhood, the grumpy neighbor seems to come in the unlikely form of 20-something year old Megan. Between the roomies, there appears to be a good-neighbor/bad-neighbor combo.



Sunday, August 13, 2017

2017-08-13:
No idea where this idea came from. I know that in T.V. sitcoms, animosity between a married man and his in-laws is pretty common. To date I’ve never drawn Bob’s father-in-law, but whoever he is, he’s obviously quite opinionated. And Candace, who just so happened to have a deck of cards handy for passing the time, seems well aware of that.



Saturday, August 12, 2017

2017-08-12:
Vegan, vegetarian, meat, it doesn’t much matter to me. I am not picky at the dinner table. I just love eating! But Candace has a rather picky roommate.

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017-08-11:
If you were a pro basketball player who could perform slam dunks, wouldn’t you be tempted to try breaking the backboard? Well, Candace is no different!


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017-08-10:
When first picking a last name for Candace, I wanted to go with something simple and fairly common. Hence the name Reed. At some point I thought it’d be interesting to pair herself up with someone named Wright. Well, that never happened. Instead it was her parents who formed the Reed and Wright combo. I’ve drawn a couple spinoff comic strips featuring Candace’s roommate as a preteen girl, set approximately ten years before Candace ‘n’ Company. I wonder if I should go back, say, thirty years and draw Candace’s parents during their high school years?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2017-08-09:
I can still remember a Calvin & Hobbes story in which our two heroes attempt to build a robot that will make the bed so Calvin won’t have to. In the end the bed never gets made as Calvin spent all day unsuccessfully trying to build his robot. I think it’s funny how humans will sometimes actually put in extra work just to avoid doing something tedious. What’s easier? For Megan to take three minutes to help on laundry day or to do her nails for the umpteenth time?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017-08-08:
Despite the wild popularity of comic book superhero movies. Candace just can’t get herself to go with the flow (she prefers romance titles). Megan’s attempt at piquing Candace’s interest seems to have backfired. You might expect me, a cartoonist, to be well versed in anything related to comic books, and to some extent I am. Some of my favorite comic books are of the horror genre during the silver age. I think Candace would have made a half decent superheroine.

Monday, August 7, 2017

2017-08-07:
Well, growing up, it seemed like adulthood was an eternity away. Looking back, it feels like it wasn’t long enough. Especially when I can recall major world events that occurred before some of my fellow adults were even born! Bob’s irritation in the final panel is intended to reflect what most of us likely feel when the younger generation gasps at how old we are.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

2017-08-06:
I admit it! I suffer from a minor degree of arachnophobia! Tiny spiders don’t faze me in the least, but once they reach a certain size, I no longer want anything to do with them! Candace is even worse than me, however. Any size spider will set her off, although I sure drew a big one in this comic! Although it doesn’t much look the part, it may be a harmless cellar spider, which you can probably find in even the most airtight of homes.







Saturday, August 5, 2017

2017-08-05:
Candace’s roommate Megan is a night owl, so she’s generally at her worst in the morning. This is how I contrast early birds with night owls–through these two characters! Sometimes (especially on cold, dark mornings) I just want to go right on snoozing, but that’s just not always possible!


Friday, August 4, 2017

2017-08-04:
Like Megan, if I had to provide my own meals three times a day, I’d be in trouble! Candace is paying to full price of being an excellent cook!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

2017-08-03:
“Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” is as age old as “Why did the chicken cross the road?” You can make up a giant list of responses to either question, and so I went nosing around inside my own head for answers. And I had Candace, a chronic riddle-teller, as my guide, so of course the search didn’t take long!



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

2017-08-02:
My only regret about this cartoon, which I really otherwise like, is that I wish I could have fit more detail into those fantasy balloons. But "thumbnail" illustrations do just fine, too. Bob looks like he can sing quite a serenade, and Ellie looks like the queen of Bedrock!


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2017-08-01:
It’s always fun for me to watch a sleeping dog. I’m also amused by how a pooch (or a kitty, for that matter) can spend the night snoozing away, get up, walk around for a minute, then take to the nearest couch for more Z’s! This cartoon was directly inspired by this fascination, but pets generally need more sleep than humans do. That might simply be because we’re hardwired for work!


Monday, July 31, 2017

2017-07-31:
Don’t ask me how the dog got in the fridge. Don’t ask me why the dog needed his human’s help is getting any food when he was already hiding in the fridge. Although I love a good continuity, these crazy discrepancies are legion among comic strips, and there’s no way of, or point in, explaining it away.


Sunday, July 30, 2017




Fan Art For Candace
By Zilo


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By Roy Newrick

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I’ve done a bit of house painting in my day, both interior and exterior. Maybe it’s because she’s several inches shorter than me, but Candace’s painting technique differs from mine. She seems to favor hitting every spot on the low half of the wall first, whereas I like to just slap it on from floor to ceiling in columns. Even the smartest of us can be caught doing something completely looney, and Candace, who probably prides herself on being the smarter roomie, is left fuming at a sudden realization.

Friday, July 28, 2017

You’ve heard the term "Tough crowd"? That’s me when I watch television commercials! I just like to pick ’em apart and look for inconsistencies! Candace’s response to Sensuous Sally’s claim to having the most lingerie for sale is very similar to my own reaction to an advertisement for something I can’t even remember. But everybody’s different. While I can make fun of one advertisement, I may very easily be reeled in by another.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

I sometimes have to get after myself to not be envious when I perceive someone has something I want. For starters, I need to ask myself, “Jordan, do you really want to trade places with (fill in the blank)? His/Her life could be a total train wreck for all you know!” And so, Candace and Megan each realize just how good they have it. Megan doesn’t have to face the troubles associated with owning a pet, and Candace doesn’t have to put up with a boyfriend like Charlie! But I suspect it’s Fido who has it best!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Well, I don’t think Candace is very keen on competing for Megan for Charlie’s attention, but I could be very wrong. At any rate, she sure knows how to define the term "Three is a crowd"! On a side note, that couch they’re sitting on is a real challenge to draw sometimes! I think it looks pretty good, but it could stand to be a little wider.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I don’t have a T.V. set in my room. The way I see it, I deprive myself of sleep enough as it is to be introducing the added temptation. But between the two roomies, there are at least three T.V. sets around the house. Too bad Candace is keeping the lovebirds away from the best one in the house! The living room T.V. set is almost always drawn by hand, but how do you like my digitally rendered version? By the way, why is it called a T.V. set when there is only one device? Mysteries!

Monday, July 24, 2017

I really am not sure how serious Megan and Charlie are about their relationship (although Candace suspects it will lead to marriage), but today they just wanted to watch a violent movie without being disturbed by a fifth wheel (or in this case, a third wheel). Being the generic cartoonist that I am, I went with the name Ripsaw Demons as the title of this fictitious horror flick.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

What can I say? Candace walked into that one. But Megan's asking for it, too!



Saturday, July 22, 2017

And so our day at the beach, which really is no day at the beach ends! I think even the Three Stooges would have winced at the slap Candace put on Megan in the third panel! I used a soft digital brush to apply "sunburn" to poor Candace's exposed flesh. It sure didn't slow her down! 



Friday, July 21, 2017

When some people say, "I forgive you", it just means the worst is yet to come! And so is the case here! I wanted to put in the suggestion that Megan replaced the sunscreen with hand lotion to cause her roomie to burn. But I couldn't stop asking myself, "Where would she get that much hand lotion at the beach?" As if a cartoon needs to explain itself! Anyhow, I decided on a different course of action for Megs. 



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ever since I first drew her, Candace's roommate has been tough-as-nails. But even Megan is (usually) smart enough to know when she sees a battle she can't win. We never see the angry mom who's after Candace, but I'm guessing she's more than these two can handle! I've often ducked underwater and attempted to swim away from others during a game of tag, and honestly, I'm not very good at evading people in the water. Let's hope Candace and Megan are faster than me! 



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Regarding panel #2, a reader once jokingly suggested they must be swimming in the Potomac River! In truth, however, I simply based it on my own experience of swimming in murky rivers, of which there are many. And anyway, Candace would have had too much of an advantage over her beach brawl opponent if her goggles were of any use! Originally, I had considered having her grab who she thought was Megan and then pulling back a fist before realizing her mistake, but I decided she's not that violent. 



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Is there a swimmer alive who enjoys a visit from horseflies? It seems to me the closer to heavily wooded land you swim, the more likely these pests are to come out after you. Of course, you never actually see a horsefly in this cartoon, raising the obvious question: Did Candace just want to smack her roomie for the fun of it? 



Monday, July 17, 2017

It's the ol' self-consciousness, and Candace is every bit as susceptible to it as anyone else! I get a lot of ideas for the roomies to make not-so-subtle digs at each other's body images. Did Megan suggest Candace try on a new bikini for no other reason than to set her up for a zinger? That's your call! 



Sunday, July 16, 2017

One element to Candace’s past is that she played catcher on her high school softball team. Early on I portrayed her as having been a real klutz behind the plate, and she was no better off during her brief stint in the outfield. If this is true, however, Candace has made some rapid improvements as a player, because as an adult she’s pretty formidable whenever she plays. Anyhow, Candace is a huge fan of both softball and baseball, and she proves it today/tomorrow!




 -Candace Fan Art- 
By Little Bobbler


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By Roy Newrick




Saturday, July 15, 2017

Candace is a girl who loves to hug people often. Megan is a girl who’s only enthusiastic about hugs if they include smooching with her boyfriend (or any other guy she finds attractive). So yes, she gets bugged by Candace’s insistence upon getting cozy to ratify a truce. But Candace is onto something. There are lots of benefits to hugging.