I think as the strip went on that perhaps Dee lost a little bit of this surreal strong physical-gag punchline material. For better? For worse? Who knows. I have as much love for later strips. But a gag like this is lovely and wicked and all sorts of wrong.
This whole strip was about me wanting to draw the middle panel, although I like the punchline too.
I also tried to work in (through the middle panel) that they live in the woods in a somewhat rural area with towns around.
I liked this flaw in logic. Because he’s a bird, it’s easy to laugh at him for being foolish, but it’s actually not that unreasonable for him to draw this conclusion.
And stewardesses. Pure logic that every plane needs one. Who else will serve us ginger ale?
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. :)
I don’t think I ever showed their library again, so maybe it’s not located in their cave.
In the beginning I had a lot of conflict about how much I would allow them human appliances, furniture, etc. Although eventually I gave them quite a bit.
And cake and cookies. Sometimes I think that’s 90% of my makeup as well. Good stuff. :)
This was an early attempt to make a (mostly) dialogue-free strip. I like the fact that Dee learns the lesson that Vachel teaches her so well.
Also, I always liked the shading I did with the blocks in the first two panels, going from non-shaded to shaded, I think it looks good.