Sunday, August 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

   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

   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

   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

   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

   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

   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

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

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

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!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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!