I tried very hard to have almost no product placement in Little Dee, but I felt okay about this one. I did do the research, both the stats about penguins and which minivans out there (at the time) were most friendly ot the environment.
I think I came up with this idea in discussion with Dylan Meconis, basically the plan was to come up with the most ridiculous idea i could come up with, and then spend the week trying to write myself out of it. :)
I really enjoyed drawing the last panel, which was in the running for possible covers for book #1.
And this is yet another way to exploit the “fetch” (as you can see in the tags below) device with Blake, in a way which felt fresh and fun. Oh, and horrible. :)
Even laziness and lack of desire can be overcome if there is enough benefit.
There is a lot of debate among daily cartoonists about the silent 3rd panel, and I personally try to only use them when the “pause/thought” really needs to be emphasized. I think this was a good use.