I love including political humor in the strip, but unlike editorial cartoonists, I have to work weeks ahead. When I’m writing about a specific topic, I have to hope that what I’m saying will have any relevancy by the time it’s published.
Anyone who listens to NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” will often hear the show’s host Peter Sagal mention an animal study of one sort or another. The comments that follow from the panelists are often hilarious.
Soon after I created the above strip (the idea was Anne’s), she suggested I present it to Peter. The show was going to be in Milwaukee a few weeks later, so we arranged to attend the taping of the program and to meet him afterward to give him the original. The show was fantastic, and we had a blast meeting the panelists. It now hangs in the “Wait Wait” offices in Chicago.
One of the perks of writing a comic strip is that you can let your mind wander into all sorts of wild places. You sit down one day and ask yourself, “What would happen if….”
In my case the recent question was what would happen if Edison’s Star Wars Holospheric adventure were infused with some outside DNA. I started with just the idea of adding some Star Trek but it quickly spun into some unanticipated territory.