A quick disclaimer: I don’t know whether these prize offers you get in the mail are genuine ore not. That said, however, I am pretty confident they are out to sell you something. After reading about “Ron” winning something, my brother jokingly said something to the effect of, “Ron won the same thing last year!”. Thus an idea was born in my head. I subconsciously retained the name Ron (adding the stereotypical letter to stand for a last name), and for whatever reason, Chattanooga, Tennessee stuck out in my mind as to where “Ron” must be from.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
At almost every point in my life there has been at least one pet in the home. So I know what I’m talking about when I say we humans don’t often deserve the title of Master! Today Fido is calling the shots, and I suspect many dogs and cats around the globe are doing exactly the same thing! As a bonus, this cartoon also lets readers catch a rare glimpse of one of Megan’s prayers, which always seem to make a backhanded reference to Candace!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
There are no two ways about it: A hot bath is crazy relaxing! Not to the point, however, where I tend to nod off in the tub. But Megan loves to sleep more than most people, and today that love came at a price. I used a soft digital brush to try to color Meg’s cheeks blue. Or white. I guess you’d call it very light blue.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Every summer I end up turning the wall into a miniature horror scene when I smack a fattened mosquito. At that point, I just hope it’s my own blood I’ve got to clean up! For some reason, these incidents seem most common on humid nights. I guess that’s because mosquitoes love the humidity and dislike direct sunlight, and are therefore out in full force on such evenings. Cleanup in the home furnishing department!
Monday, June 26, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Introducing Mister Googly Eyes! Candace’s sock puppet first appeared in a cartoon I drew years ago, in which she unsuccessfully tried to entertain her cynical boss. The puppet has made a few returns since, and I have decided to turn him into a recurring character, such as he is. In Mister G.’s first Sunday comic appearance, he comes across as somewhat of a flirty pest who ends up with a T.V. remote crammed in his mouth!
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Just like Candace, I get a lot of laughs from watching Laurel & Hardy, although I do not wear a bowler hat. I’d like to further explore this theme of Candace’s love of black-and-white comedy shorts. If I knew anything about animation, I might even create a short spoof on silent film comedy starring the two roomies (and Fido)!
Friday, June 23, 2017
While Candace can attack housework and yardwork with great zeal, she seems to have trouble getting motivated to do things that actually bring in money. Thanks to her setting the bar so low, she now has quite a bit of leverage when asking the boss for a favor, which really doesn’t seem right.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Personally, I think Candace might need to get her eyes checked. Wearing goggles can help you see crystal clear underwater (in a swimming pool), and I have no explanation as to how she mistook the legs of a child for those of her adult roomie! Swimming really seems to bring out the worst in Candace, and it looks like she’s about to answer to a less-than-happy mom! Illustrating someone jumping up out of the water is tricky for me, but I think I did all right in the third panel. Coloring the first half of this cartoon was a breeze!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Bad dreams are a funny thing. They’re all really a matter of perspective. To me, dreaming of falling out of a plane with a malfunctioning parachute would easily qualify as a nightmare, but for Candace it was more of a wardrobe error. For a time, my childhood was somewhat plagued by nightmares that, looking back on, are quite silly. But people tend to be much more skeptical when they grow up, and the irrational phobias that once filled me with a primal terror just make me chuckle now. Oddly enough, however, my arachnophobia, which isn’t disabling, is worse now than it was when I was a boy! Go figure.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
I’m pretty sure they’ve never made the perfect movie. From the blind man wearing a wristwatch on The Ten Commandments to the visible safety glass between Indiana Jones and a cobra on Raiders of the Lost Ark (since corrected), every movie seems to have at least a few lapses in continuity. I have often wondered how the laws of physics can possibly allow for what goes on in the Star Wars universe. Candace’s willingness to voice these questions gets her banned!
Monday, June 19, 2017
All my life, I’ve often seen pieces of the daily newspaper lying about on the floor. Often it’s simply because it fell off the coffee table, but there are folks who like to sprawl out on the floor to read (I prefer sprawling out on the couch). The moral of today’s ‘toon is "Be careful what you wish for."! Okay, yes, that’s pretty cliché, but aren’t most comic strip jokes?
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Years ago, when I was still fleshing out my characters, I wanted Candace’s soon-to-be roommate Megan to be a shameless flirt. While Meg has no trouble hitting on people, it turns out Candace is every bit as shameless! I’m hoping that the punchline came as a surprise, and readers were led to believe Candace’s friend Ashley was the shameless one, only to learn better!
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Here we are at the finale! I’ve gone back to my usual palette of colors now that the sun is up and a new day is in full swing! Candace is completely unaware of having gone on a cleaning rampage during the early morning. I originally considered having this story end with Megan awaking from a dream, only to find out she’s been the one sleepwalking!
Friday, June 16, 2017
It was a bit tricky fitting two people onto a twin-sized mattress in the last panel. Candace sure doesn’t seem to mind the close quarters, but Megan’s looking a bit hostile right about now. This whole sleepwalking storyline has gotten me to thinking: When I wake up exhausted after hours of sleep, was I getting a lot of exercise the whole time??
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Well, what do you think? Is “Felicia Unger” a good nickname for Candace? Occasionally, Candace ‘n’ Company seems to remind someone of The Odd Couple. Every protagonist deserves a foil, and in the wee hours of this particular day, the battle goes to Candace, the housemaid wearing a nightie!
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Once upon a time, I was somewhat of a neat freak. Although I’m by no means a slob these days, I’ve managed to get my old abhorrence for a little untidiness under control (with occasional lapses). This was my chance to show just how far gone Candace is in her quest to get Megan’s room, which is often filthy, cleaned up!
Monday, June 12, 2017
They say to write what you know (I like to add, “…and make up what you don’t.”). Have I ever sleepwalked? Well, sometimes I’ve managed to get out of bed and make it into the hallway before my consciousness managed to save me from falling down the stairs. Candace seems to have me licked, however, as she made it into another bedroom, still sound asleep! Sleepwalking is a theme I’ve seen on classic television sitcom episodes, and the one I know best is the November 5, 1955 episode of The Honeymooners titled The Sleepwalker.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Well, like Candace points out in the fifth panel, people who spend a lot of time together sometimes start behaving like an old married couple. I didn't want that to be the case here. I thought it'd be funnier to make these two look like dad and daughter, butting heads over silly things. I don't know exactly how much older Bob is than Candace, but it has to be by more than ten years. That combined with the fact that she works for him made this cartoon pretty easy to pull off.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Despite Candace's often bumpy relationship with her boss, she is very good friends with the boss' wife. Ellie is a character who actually predates Candace by maybe a few days to a week. There came a point when, looking to make her unique, I decided to turn Ellie into a health nut. Scratch that. I decided to turn Ellie into a health freak! Candace, an exercise enthusiast herself, can often keep up with Ellie's frenetic pace, but today we see Ellie at her best, Candace at her worst, and/or both. The dialogue in the second panel was taken directly out of the video game Wii Fit. Who knew video games could leave you so breathless?
Friday, June 9, 2017
Yep. I do virtually all of my weightlifting in and around the garage. During cold months, one of the biggest headaches is trying to warm up. And during warm months, a very common headache is the presence of female mosquitoes who are very interested in my warmed up blood! It got me to thinking, Does spotting for someone include keeping a flyswatter handy? The answer is, apparently, "Yes, if you're in a garage.".
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Candace lives with a huge football fan. Megan loves everything about the game, including players (I suspect she is partial toward linebackers). And here we see that love surpasses even her love of lying down! One of my favorite aspects of the roomies is their friendly (and not-so-friendly) rivalry. Meg was not about to let Candace have all the fun in the water!
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
I've been asked where I get my ideas. I'm pretty sure there is never a quick and easy answer to this question, no matter who you are or what you do. But it really helps to just keep my ears open. At a family reunion one time, I overheard something said that was almost word-for-word what Candace says in today's cartoon. Add a little action and Presto! Yet another harsh commentary on human nature!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
We all say things out of frustration that we do not mean. I highly doubt Candace is the kind of girl who'd go gunning for a noisy crow, so it's a pretty safe bet she was letting annoyance dictate her words. I drew this one from personal experience. Having the bedroom window open all night when it's warm out invites a lot of outside noise in, including talkative wildlife!
Monday, June 5, 2017
While there's no denying the usefulness of a lot of action in a comic, sometimes not seeing what's going on makes for better writing. Here it is simply stated that a suddenly frightened Candace launched herself out the window. What made this one all the more fun to draw was the chance at showing how full of herself Megan really is. I could have made her blush in the last panel, because Candace's abrupt departure just had to be deflating for Meg's ego!
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Just another lousy day at the office! Truth is if I were the boss, I’d be pretty mad, too. At least Candace tried to be honest on a technicality when interrogated. In truth, Candace probably gets every Sunday off, but I needed a Sunday strip's extra space to tell a half decent story here.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017
I’m paraphrasing here, but as I told a friend once, “Every day you can open the funny pages and find at least one Star Wars reference.”. That’s not entirely true, mind you, but these nods to A Galaxy Far, Far Away are extremely common among comic strips. For a time I thought myself above such shenanigans, at least mostly. But heck, drawing comics is supposed to be fun, and putting not one, but two lightsabers in Candace’s hands was just that! Toy lightsabers are made of plastic that lights up when you hit the button, but I made darned sure Candace’s weapons looked like the real deal! This could simply be her own vivid imagination at work, but it’s your call!
Thursday, June 1, 2017
I drew this cartoon years before I ever had a smartphone. But even an outsider has no trouble seeing the effects these sneaky little devices have on human attention! Now that I own one of my own I fully understand how important it is to keep your guard up and to always know what’s going on around you. What’s really kind of sad is that this cartoon, while humorous, doesn’t even qualify as satirical where some people are concerned.