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
Friday, December 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
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
Tuesday, December 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
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Saturday, December 23, 2017
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
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
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
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
Monday, December 18, 2017
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
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?
Friday, December 15, 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017
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.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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.
Monday, December 11, 2017
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.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
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
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!
Friday, December 8, 2017
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??
Thursday, December 7, 2017
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.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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!
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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?
Monday, December 4, 2017
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!
Sunday, December 3, 2017
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
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
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”.