I find that so much of humor is based on the “nature” of a character, and so telling a dog “fetch” is so repeatedly ripe for it. Dog’s can’t help it. You say “fetch” and bang, they’re off.
As the story goes, the scorpion said “No, frog, of course I won’t sting you if you carry me across the pond. If I did, then we would BOTH drown.” Upon stinging (of course), as they both sink, the frog asks why. “Because,” said the scorpion, “it is in my nature.”
Ted’s temper is shown a little bit here, although it later rather mellowed out.
I was particularly proud of Blake’s line in this one. Not only to show his earnest/clueless nature, but also because it gave us a visual to imagine — that of Dee sitting at the bottom of the lake not swimming at all.
In real life this would not be funny at all. Just so’s you know.
She totally looks like a muppet, to me, in the third panel (and I openly admit that the Muppets have been a big influence on me).
This strip came from the idea that something coming back like a swing actually is a complex concept and requires some foresight. Blake was the obvious choice. :)
Ever since I began swimming as a kid, I’ve always loved how clear everything is underwater, and how surreal it is to see the bottom half of people underwater and the top half obscured by the water’s surface.
I’d say this strip was half inspired by the joke, and half inspired by me wanting simply to draw it.
It was interesting working out the twist in this strip. The joke being that Blake is pointing out Vachel’s insensitivity, and I needed a device to show Vachel’s being so oblivious to his own insensitivity that he doesn’t see the saracasm. Missing batteries from a camcorder hit the nail on the head.
I also like that i got her swing balance just right in panel 2.
The thing I liked most about this strip was the viewer’s angle is locked on the hang glider, and how it frames the page.
And I love an occasional good physical gag. I try not to do it too often, three stooges would be a bit too much for my taste.
I like that even in the face of great urgency, it is ALWAYS important to take the time to point out idiocy.
Like stopping to smell the flowers.
Also, how it is in our nature to forget our most basic skills in the face of crisis. Except Gary.
This strip is ALL about the stewardesses line. Phew!
It was fun defining the roles (which they perhaps strayed from), of Blake interpreting what humans do or think, and Vachel filling there lives with useless or too-late information, which Ted tries to keep it all together. :)
There is something about a bucket on one’s head that I find funny. I haven’t the foggiest idea why, but I love it. And this strip was actually inspired by a previous bucket-head strip I did in Madge’s Diary (top strip on the page).
I also remember it being very enjoyable to make hats when I was a kid. I was never good at the pirate hat, due to the complex folding, and the fez was to erudite from my childhood self, but I definitely made an oatmeal carton hat once or twice.
A tangentially related side story: my elementary school, North Parish, was about four blocks from a nursing home. And so, every Easter (hmmm…. actually, it must have been Good Friday or something, but had an Easter theme) we’d make hats (often involving egg cartons, paper plates, and pipe cleaners) and then do a parade through the nursing home. It brought many smiles to the residents. I wonder if North Parish still does that. Hm.