Autumn arrived this week, and 2020 continued to deliver horrible news. We lost Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an inspiring and exemplary human being, and Ron Cobb, a great editorial cartoonist who went on to other careers as a film designer and director before retiring to Australia. We don't need any more reminders of the fragility of human life, not to mention democracy.
There's work to do, and important responsibilities to meet (please remember to vote, my friends!), but don't forget to allow yourself time for small pleasures. This week, I encountered a delightful notice posted near our home.
I think I've found a new rule to live by: No favorite houses to be favored.
Here's a look at our most recent comics. It's our sincere hope that these daily cartoon offerings provide a moment of relief or distraction from the avalanche of stressful events.
Note that these travelers are watched over by their chosen figure of worship, represented by a dashboard effigy. This explains why peanuts are part of their rites of communion.
My first sketch was based on a photo of a squirrel stuffing its face. My partner/editor, Dan Piraro, suggested that the cheeks should be twice as big, crowding the driver’s space. That helped deliver the gag, although it involved more brushwork on my part.
Also, who remembers buffets?
Postscript: The squirrel gag inspired a wonderful response. The 5-year-old daughter of a Bizarro reader drew her own version of the characters, and added a second panel to the story. I'm pleased to share these works, with parental permission.
We now know that when squirrels are overstuffed, the sound they make is "BORP."
Tuesday's gag illustrates how a delicate surgical procedure can go wrong.
Creating the strip version was a little tricky, since the panel relies on vertical space, but we managed to reconfigure the image, albeit with a less dramatic spurt.
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The final drawing is simply a cleaned-up version of the sketch. The hyphen in the caption is a subtle but crucial addition.
In a parallel dimension, King could have been cast in a 1960s sitcom.