It’s too damn wordy, I know, and the punchline might be too soft. But I actually had to fight to get this idea down to as few words as this. I almost made this a special strip in 6 panels and threw it into the TotallyClips archive, but the work-to-payoff ratio of reading this strip would have only gotten worse.
Whenever I have to compress a strip like this, what I usually give up is the realistic flow and beat of the dialogue. That’s what I always end up regretting. In college, you often get hold of a little basic knowledge and run too far with it, extrapolating out to bizarre and wrong conclusions. I wanted to give Mr. Hanley here more rope to hang himself with, but the rope had to be trimmed.