BONUS OPTIONAL FINAL LINE:  ”What’s a budget cut?”

Once I’d settled on turning this delightful classroom setting into a hostage situation by way of in-story art mockery, I had a hell of a time with the elephant.  I struggled with a handful of different ways of drawing direct lines to the tied-up teacher as the “elephant in the room” and throwing some back story behind the kidnapper’s relationship with her, but ultimately it was too wordy or didn’t let me end the strip in the right place, so I left the “elephant in the room” thing as – at best – implied, figuring I could over-explain it in the commentary.

MRS. SHOEBOX’S ASSESSMENT OF TODAY’S STRIP (after a snort at panel two and a laugh at panel three.): It’s amusing!