Friday, October 19, 2012

GI, GI, Ohhhhh

It's been some time since I've collaborated with Hilary Price, the cartoonist behind Rhymes With Orange, and it's a pleasure to have a new gag appear in her comic.

It's a simple, direct joke, which I like a lot, and is an example of what I refer to as a Tufnel (wringing a joke out of a familiar phrase by changing a number or letter by an increment or two).

Hilary based her comic on this (extremely) rough submission sketch:
Her revised dialog is a nice refinement. The first line, "Thankfully, it hasn't progressed." neatly sets up the idea that before you contract e. coli, it has to go through the a, b, c, and d stages. Bravo!

Earlier this year, I filled in as Hilary's guest cartoonist, allowing her to take some time off, and have written a few other jokes she liked enough to include in RWO. All of these can be viewed here.


James Robert Smith said...

I like her style of cartooning. There's something about that kind of work that communicates irony and sarcasm. There are a few cartoonists who do it well and it's apparently not easy to achieve the effect, because it's freaking funny as hell and if anyone could do it, they would.

Wayno said...

I quite agree, Hemlock! It's not easy to pull off such a seemingly simple style in an effective manner. Well said.