That sounds so like a mantra, I’m amazed I didn’t exploit it more for humor value: “To disrespect the alpha disrespects all of us.”
This strip illustrates and interesting side of the alligator’s personality. He is an alligator and therefore he is feared. He’s a bit slow, soft hearted, goofy, etc. But since he is feared, others are always nice to him even when he’s being a jerk.
This is one of those strips you may not quite get if you’re not from colder climates. But that’s kinda what you have to do when your car is stuck in snow, rock it back and forth until it gets up over the lip of the hole it has dug for itself. I have done it MANY times growing up. And yup, some of those times, with the wheels spinning and not getting traction, slush has gotten tossed back on me.
The original script for this strip was “you’d be amazed what a sheep would do for twenty dollars.” Which opens up whole new REALMS of interpretation. Despite that being very funny to me, I felt it went against the spirit and humor of the strip. PLUS I find the sheep/knitting/shearing premise on it’s own to still crack me up.
This strip totally stems from my child’s-eye imagination. I know growing up, every “jump” I was going to hit when sledding was going to propel me up and out like a rocket.
Reality was a lot smaller, shorter, and landing with a larger whump.
It’s always been unpleasant to observe that when one is being teased, and then gets hurt, the teaser always tries to act as if it’s no big deal. In real life, this can be awful, but in the funnies? Comic gold!