I had this one written on paper without the punchline – the punch didn’t occur to me until after I laid the strip out in Photoshop and realized I could squeeze in one more shot. This has happened several times, and I view it as a side benefit of having to basically write each strip twice from the ground up – once on paper and again on the computer. This also means, of course, that each time I write a strip that bombs, I failed twice. Dammit, my glass was half full when I started this paragraph. Stupid glass.
Anyway, I’m glad I didn’t have to resize the art for this one, because any accidental vertical shrinking would’ve made this officer look way too much like Enus from “The Dukes Of Hazzard.” I hope I’m spelling that wrong, because that totally doesn’t look like a name.
Other things I contemplated for this strip but ultimately rejected:
1. Trying to make the person being pulled over a drunken celebrity so I could work in something about his anti-semantic rants
2. Giving said person some redemption by making his last line something like “You porcine linguistic autocrats!” and the officer’s last line something like”…Okay, points for style, you get off with a warning.”
MRS. SHOEBOX’S ASSESSMENT OF TODAY’S STRIP: *Loud cackling*