In the movies, extraterrestrial life is usually depicted as cosmic warmongering conquerors, bent on subjugating the human race. Perhaps this all originated with The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells. At any rate, however, I sometimes think about all the stories of crime and violence I hear in the news and wonder just who would be crazy enough to tangle with us.
Monday, January 15, 2018
I always get a good chuckle over how movies often seem to ignore things we take for granted (like the laws governing physics) in order to tell a story. Obviously, any art form, cinema included, can be improved, no matter how good they are, and that leaves them open to a little friendly ridicule!
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018
I’m a cartoonist. That means that I spend a great deal of time thinking up ways to poke fun at humanity, starting with myself. Since I am also an American, I chose to take a potshot at the amount of gluttony that has been known to afflict wealthy nations like my own. Why have one dinner when you can afford two? And just like that, I’ve gone and poked fun at humanity, starting with myself…again!
Friday, January 12, 2018
A sad reality in today’s world is that scammers abound. I almost (almost, mind you) got taken in myself once upon a time, but thank goodness for a hundred red flags going up at the same time inside my head! Whether Candace was talking to a scammer, or whether she just cut herself off from a jackpot prize is left entirely to your imagination.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Many years ago I read a Superman comic book in which the Man of Steel goes toe-to-toe with a super powerful, bearded old man claiming to be Father Time. I patterned my version of Father Time after the character from the comic book, but it was my own idea to add the stopwatch and hourglass staff (which slightly differ from the tools he is normally depicted as carrying). I once read a statement that went something like, “Time is the greatest teacher. Unfortunately, it kills all of its students.”
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Panel #1 depicts a message that you hear often. And I agree that if you want something, you’ve just got to work at getting it! But I think there are more people than we’d like to admit who resort to Candace’s actions in Panel #2: Begging shamelessly! But, hey, if it works, why wouldn’t there be a bunch of folks who do it?
This comic was purely inspired by a short animated cartoon a reader created for me, based on an earlier comic I drew (need me to repeat that?). The lyrics to Candace’s improvised song are part of what she sang in the animated cartoon, and I just had to draw her singing it!
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
I’ve engaged in pen pal activity during my late teens and early twenties. Even then, there was talk about “emailing instead of letter writing”, but now there seem to be a thousand and one digital ways to write to people. I’m with Candace on this one, though. The sincerest way to talk to someone via the written word is pen and paper.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Like most folks, every once in a while Candace overdoes it at the dinner table. Is it any wonder she occasionally fumes at what the scale tells her? If Candace has any narcissistic tendencies, it would most certainly come in the form of her hair, which she’s in love with.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
It’s all about creating foils, isn’t it? You have a starring character and the best thing to do is to give your star a companion with a completely opposite outlook. The two drastically different upbringings these two have had helps explain these opposite outlooks.
Friday, January 5, 2018
Again I will harken back to my days of reading Calvin & Hobbes and note how Calvin tended to think of school as a prison in his fantasy world. Most likely, however, I just got this idea from my own musings of how it feels to have to be somewhere you’d rather not go to in the first place. I had fun with the colors in the first panel, mixing some grays in with the two tough-as-nails guards and letting their prisoner jump out at you.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
This one dates back a while, so I’m not entirely sure what inspired me here. I almost always give Candace shoes when she’s at work in the kitchen. Simply asking myself “What if…?” helps me come up with jokes. What if Candace didn’t wear shoes in the kitchen for once? Of course! Megan would send for pizza! How could I not know that??
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
I’m pretty much an introvert, and not easily able to just walk up to someone I barely know and start chatting away. So it was kind of important for me to give my protagonist an ability that I do not have myself. And now we have two innocent bystanders feeling terrible about themselves, all due to Candace’s friendliness!
Monday, January 1, 2018
I think I read about this custom on the back of one of my day-to-day calendar pages. If memory serves, it is a Portuguese custom not to pay off a debt on New Year’s Day. Many Americans, at any rate, spend a great deal of time in the red, so Megan wasn’t exactly intimidated by the jinx she was putting on herself.