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.
He’s a vulture! Of COURSE that’s his reaction.
Part of why animals are so funny is that when they are written like humans, we expect them to REACT like humans, but when they react as nature intends, it seems ridiculous.
Anyhow, little insight in humor there.
This was a fun strip both because it was interesting trying to describe such a simple task (“whistling” is the classic simple action which is so very hard to describe), and also because Dee’s results are such an easy result to have happen.
I did take the joke beyond the kernel of inspiration, but that “kernel” was actually inspired by my childhood…
Books: “Just let me finish this chapter!”
Games Outside: “Just one more game!”
Video Games: “just one more level!” or “But this is a high score!”
etc. etc. etc. etc.