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Just got back from my two comedy things in Santa Rosa, California, home of the Charles Schulz Museum and am happy to report they both went well and we had a great time. Thanks to those of you who came to the shows, it was fun meeting you. (Except for you, Hoyt. Never contact me again.)
The first cartoon shown here is a take on the cliche, “Let me through I’m a doctor” deal. In this case, the cartoony-looking guy has slipped on a banana peel and only a cartoonist will do. In my continuing habit of honoring Alfred Hitchcock, I appear as the cartoonist. My good friend and colleague, Wayno, came up with this idea. We had different ideas about this cartoon which we didn’t discover until I published it and we got to chatting. He explains here why his original victim was a wealthy dandy, whereas I always think of the fallen slapstick victim as a blue-collar dude, like the moving guy who gets crushed by the piano.
This second cartoon is fairly odd even for me, which is what I like about it. I often notice bored couples in restaurants who seem not to say a word during their entire dining experience, even while waiting for the food. CHNW talks so much (even when she’s alone) that I doubt that will ever happen to us. It always makes me sad to see this, but I could be assuming too much. Maybe they’re as happy as anyone else, they just don’t like to gab about it all the time.
Cartoon three is from the archives of Bizarro Headquarters. Keith Rust is an actual friend of mine. I didn’t choose him for any particular reason, just thought he’d be a good subject for this gag. This is the sort of classically surreal gag that I really love and don’t come up with nearly often enough.
More tomorrow, don’t be late!