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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!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

2017-10-28-Trick-or-Treat!:
My coloring software comes with a digital brush that paint’s blue musical notes onto the canvas. I figured this party-themed comic was my big chance to use it! I could have had Candace stick around to party, but she is very devoted to making kids happy. And so she will head home to dole out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Friday, October 27, 2017

2017-10-27-Trick-or-Treat!:
Pirate Lady meets Zombie! I had originally intended for one of Megan’s adoring fans in the last panel to be dressed as a pixie. But her wings, in close proximity to the devil, makes her look more like an angel. And Meg is a champion apple bobber.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2017-10-25-Trick-or-Treat!:
This round goes to Candace! There’s always an element to picking just the right houses on Halloween to maximize what one rakes in. But apparently, Candace just needed to lose her cynical roomie and put on the charm.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

2017-10-24-Trick-or-Treat!:
As I may have stated before, the roomies live in a generic suburb of a generic city. But that needn’t stop me from naming streets. I have used “Fulton” as the name of a street in the neighborhood after a street mentioned in an episode of The Honeymooners. As for "57th", well, what town doesn’t have a 57th Avenue West?

Monday, October 23, 2017

2017-10-23-Trick-or-Treat!:
Toilet papering the home of an unsuspecting resident is one of the crueler Halloween pranks, but I took a shot at incorporating it into this particular strip. The guy in the last panel is carrying a package of T.P. for this very purpose, but I had some trouble drawing it to look realistic. As a result, someone once thought the guy was reading a magazine.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

2017-10-22-Trick-or-Treat!:
Trick-or-Treat! continues tomorrow

Saturday, October 21, 2017

2017-10-21-Trick-or-Treat!:
You knew this was coming, right? Halloween is a time for pranks, so adult trick-or-treating may not seem so weird after all. Then again, maybe it does.

Friday, October 20, 2017

2017-10-20-Trick-or-Treat!:
Admittedly, fiber bars may well have the same sugar content as any kids’ candies, but would you want one of them dropped in your trick-or-treat basket? Well, maybe. Candace has already established a reputation for herself around the block, so at least the kids weren’t completely taken aback.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

2017-10-19-Trick-or-Treat!:
Well, Candace lives with a junk food addict!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017-10-18-Trick-or-Treat!:
A late 19th/early 20th century story I used to read, meant for preteen boys, was titled Tiger & Tom. Without realizing it, I drew a comic strip here that could easily bear the exact same name, only this comic doesn’t exactly come with a moral. This is yet another case of Megan’s infatuation with linebackers.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2017-10-17-Trick-or-Treat!:
Santa came early this year! Mixing Christmas into a Halloween themed story isn’t something you see often, but it’s been done before. The Nightmare Before Christmas comes to mind. Santa’s friend tonight is your friendly clown. The Halloween that this story originally ran in conjunction with saw clowns get a bad rep, as hostile harlequins were out trying to terrorize innocent people.

Monday, October 16, 2017

2017-10-16-Trick-or-Treat!:
It’s that time of year! For a long time I had an idea for a Halloween story for Candace ‘n’ Company. This story was run previously, and seemed to get a good response from readers. Here’s to hoping you will enjoy it!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I almost wonder if Candace isn't intentionally bothering her Sleeping Beauty roomie.



Saturday, October 14, 2017

Well, nature documentaries always seem to have a segment devoted to showing how various wildlife reproduces. I realized that, as far as media outlets go, the same can be said for humans, only to a far more common extent (and yet most of these fictitious humans never actually reproduce!). How do you like the goofy deer I drew in the second panel? He doesn't exactly look like he's ready to fight for a doe.

Friday, October 13, 2017

I don't know about you, but I've managed to completely miss stop signs on rare occasions. The reason behind my reckless driving is letting myself focus too hard on something down the road beyond the stop sign. Once, while approaching a red light in front of a railroad crossing, I somehow got the idea in my head that I needed to stop when I reached the crossing (on the other side of the light). It wasn't until I started slowing down at the railroad tracks that I realized what I did! So far, no accidents (PHEW!).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Well, there's the old saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." But what do you do when life disguises the lemons?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I've seldom participated in charades. For one thing, I'm about the worst actor of all time, and for another, I have trouble interpreting what others are acting out. Candace really should know by now not to try entertaining her roomie when she just got off work.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I figure where there are friendly neighbors, there will be borrowing on both sides. It's just one of the "hazards" of making friends with the folks next door.

Monday, October 9, 2017

I first got the idea to commemorate Patriot Day with a comic strip after learning about an impending encouragement to myself and other cartoonists to do so. I've got some experience drawing Christmas Day and Halloween cartoons, among others, but this type of commemoration is brand new to me. I learned that one of several ways to observe today is through volunteering for the good of fellow human beings, something Candace does frequently, and so I came up with this cartoon. Hoping it works!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

To date, I’m pretty confident that Godzilla holds the record for most movie appearances by a character. This record may or may not eventually be broken by a costumed superhero or Jedi master, but time will tell. Godzilla goes back to 1954 just a handful of years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and originated as a metaphor for nuclear weaponry. I personally believe the microwave oven is a perfectly safe household appliance, but it was all Candace had to blame for her perceived irradiation that turned her into a screaming banshee in a nightie.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

o me, any room can be a man cave as long as it’s done right (except for maybe the bathroom). But many homes have rooms that seem to be specifically designed for the purpose. I like to leave a lot up to my readers’ imaginations, but I will share my take on Bob’s man cave. I imagine it’s a big old room located in the finished basement with all the fixin’s. But you might see it as a hijacked corner of the bedroom, which is equally as valid. In any case, it’s a public enough room for Ellie’s book club to see, and so it’s time to clean up!



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Nope. I couldn’t tell you whether police officers use the same types of radar guns as are employed at ballparks. After all, the cops are monitoring the speed of two-ton vehicles, and don’t need to pinpoint a speeding baseball. But Candace’s love of the sport combined with her humorous encounters with friendly officers meant that one poor member of the force was going to be coerced into helping settle a 25 cent bet.



At the risk of immodesty, I’d like to state on behalf of humanity that we’re a darned clever species! Now that that’s out of the way, I’d like to go on to say how interesting it is that nature likes to kick our legs out from under us every time we get too haughty. One day I was introduced to the magic of asking a tablet questions and having artificial intelligence answer back. But A.I. can only be as knowledgeable as mankind is, and I’ve yet to see consistent accuracy in our weather reports.



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

I’m not sure how many kids Candace hopes to have one day, but it’s safe to say that she wouldn’t mind being greatly outnumbered. This was my chance to contrast her ambitions with those of her roomie’s, who has never expressed an interest in starting a family. Apparently, however, she’s out to disrupt somebody else’s family!


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I’ve decided there are 3 big shocks associated with your typical bathroom: The abrupt cessation of hot water during a shower, the full length mirror and the scale. It was Shock #3 that got Meg this morning. Currently, the most common system for calculating a healthy body weight is the B.M.I. (Body Mass Index) scale. It’s good to remember also that muscle outweighs body fat, so having the build of a linebacker doesn’t necessarily mean you need to diet.



Monday, October 2, 2017

Well, I will brag for just a moment. As of this writing, I have never been pulled over. And there have been many times when I would have deserved to be, but I like to think that age and experience have made me a safer driver. I’m pretty sure that Candace has a lead foot, and has had her fair share of warnings in the past. Just not today.



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.