There’s a story behind this one.
A fan of PartiallyClips, the Jeff who is pictured here, emailed me that he wanted to surprise his girlfriend Steph (also pictured) with a custom fake PartiallyClips he was constructing. He was writing to ask me about fonts and speech balloons and other nuts-and-bolts stuff. He sent me the art he was using, which was the clip-ified photo you see. In the process of looking at some of the ideas he was preparing, I wrote this strip for him. Then I decided the gag was universal enough to run, and got his permission to make the strip into a “real” PClips.
Now, I do not want to start a trend with this. My response when approached with ideas about the strip is usually a polite-but-firm “This is my comic. Perhaps you could start your own.” Some of them even have. But there was something about this situation that made me want to write a joke for it, and I am glad I did. I don’t know Steph or Jeff except through a couple of emails, but there are some indications that I hit the mark.
So, happy birthday Steph. And Jeff? Good luck to you, sir.