Here’s three versions of a “Me, Myself and My Puppet” comic strip that kept getting turned down by MAD Magazine. The first was understandably rejected because any characters – not mine specifically – could be in that situation. I changed the gag but, alas, I think the first one was funnier. (The third version was done because the setup in the second one was too similar to a recent MM&MP.)
What’s wrong with this drawing? While you ponder that, let me explain.
This is a sketch for the children’s archeology magazine, Dig, and the illustration is of a very old story about two brothers. As you can see, the one on top is pleading with the other.
And that is the problem: the brother is pleading with the palms of his hand facing up, so the thumbs should be in the outside of the hands, not the inside. I didn’t catch this until I had already inked one hand in the final drawing.