Our Absurd Life: 03/02/21 – The Daily Dose

The Daily Dose

Hola Night Owls

I hope everyone had a slo-mo day, the kind you see in the movies or in a televised sporting event.  Mine was extremely slo-mo, for physical reasons.

Thank you, Linda, for your reply.  Linda said she liked reading about the behind-the-scenes process of doing my cartoons.  Tonight’s Essential Cartoon is an example of choosing which side of the panel to place my characters for strongest punchline effect.  I had learned that, since we English readers read from left to right, the funny part of the cartoon should usually be placed on the panel’s right side.  So I first sketched out each possibility, changing the places of my 2 characters, to see which read the best, and which would be the funniest.  I decided I liked the guy exiting off-panel right.

It’s quite a science, this comedy thing.

I wish everyone a restful rest of your night.

Until mañana . . .


Ian S.



“No rulers were harmed during the making of this cartoon.”

“Let’s still be careful out there.”

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