Wednesday, January 31, 2018


I believe this joke was inspired from one I read in a joke book for kids about a patient complaining to his doctor about charging money to paint his throat (something doctors apparently did once upon a time). The doctor’s response was something akin to Megan’s retort in today’s comic.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Bitterly cold weather just seems to make it even harder to get motivated.

Monday, January 29, 2018


Sorry. I try to keep the “rude humor” (as they call it in the movie rating business) to a minimum, but when my protagonist lives with a rude roomie, it’s sometimes inevitable.

Sunday, January 28, 2018


TV gets a bad reputation for being decidedly substandard, and I personally think the reputation is deserved. But instead of singling out a particular show, real or made up, for ridicule, I chose to prevent readers from having any clue whatsoever is on TV. Exactly what is Candace referring to as “garbage”? Could it be a 1960s family sitcom? A televised wrestling match? Maybe one of those infomercials for getting killer abs in just 5 days? It’s all up to your imagination!

Saturday, January 27, 2018


One theme I like to use for my cartoon is Candace’s futile attempts at engaging the boss in philosophical discussions. I think the boss is somewhat underwhelmed by everyday life, and lets his lack of enthusiasm creep into words. In truth, we’re all probably guilty of that at one time or another.

Friday, January 26, 2018


I think most of us are guilty of feeling both too bad and too good about ourselves now and then. I thought it’d be fun to take my two Best Frenemies Forever and have them abruptly strut their stuff in front of each other, only to have both endeavors backfire at the same time. In the last panel, they aren’t sleeping in bunk beds. It was the only way I knew how to show two characters thinking the same thing at the same time from different bedrooms.

Thursday, January 25, 2018


In case anyone’s wondering, I learned all these yoga poses (except for the “Vulture”) from playing the video game Wii Fit. At some point I got to thinking about how burying your nose in a phone keeps you maintaining a pose as well, but I highly doubt this particular one does anyone much good physically. Candace is a bit of a health nut at times, and a bit of a couch potato at others.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


I wanted to rack my brain for some truly memorable stories for Candace to consider before settling on a phone book. So the three runners-up for the annual directory were Robinson Crusoe, King Arthur, and The Good Samaritan. I’m just another cartoonist trying to switch things around as absurdly as possible!

Tuesday, January 23, 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?

Monday, January 22, 2018


I guess I’ve always thought suspenders were something others could use against you if you weren’t careful. At least with a belt, you can pull it off and defend yourself against an aggressive assistant, right? I had to make Candace simply fantasize about blackmailing The Man, rather than actually doing it, because who in their right mind wouldn’t fire an employee who resorted to this kind of blatant treachery?

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Lots of kids in northern climates hope to get plenty of snow on nights before school. I figure it can’t be too different for many adults in the wee hours before work.

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Well, love really is blind. My own take is that these two are approximately twenty years beyond their high school days, which would put them about fifteen years older than Candace. But you go right ahead and come to your own conclusions.

Friday, January 19, 2018


At least the sunrise is getting later each day (north of the equator). I wonder why the last letter of the alphabet, when written over and over, represents sleep? Does snoring make a “zzzzzz” sound?

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Post-it notes seem to always be in short supply for me. I often want to put it down as a must-get item at the store, but what am I supposed to write the list on?? Oh, that’s right. My other hand! Thanks, Candace.


Wintertime troubles! I suspect having persistently cold feet at night can be blamed on cold bathrooms. At least around my home!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


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


You can probably guess I’m a big pizza person. I’m not suggesting the meaning of everything is pizza…but the meaning of a lot sure is!

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


I occasionally arm wrestle just for the fun of it (I’m not a professional, in case you’re wondering), so it was fun to have Candace going around acting like she’s ready to outmuscle anyone she sees!

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.