Thursday is the new Sunday – Line up

The Sunday strip up on today is one of those let’s-make-one-big-panel ones. This was impossible in the “olden days” of comic strips. Back then (which I don’t think was so long ago really) you would do the Sunday strip in three tiers, with specific breaks in the tiers so the whole thing could be reformatted as the newspaper wished. And the first tier had to be disposable. (You can see diagrams and explanations here, if you’re into that kind of thing.) I actually started doing my Sundays this way and, I’ll tell you, it’s a challenge to write a gag that has to have panel breaks in just the right places. I was very happy when I started doing the big-panel-that-I-can-cut-up-any-way-I-want-with-a-drop-panel-that -I-really-have-nothing-to-say-about …like the one below.


Casual readers will pick out Bo’s landlady Mrs. Yannes in line. More hardcore readers will recognize the top of the head of Gavin, one of the Christmas elves Bo worked with at the mall every holiday season. (So even though this is a rerun from September 2005, it is vaguely timely.)

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