The most important comic strip I ever did

Five years ago today, I was visiting my girlfriend Jocelyn in Brooklyn and I woke her up early in the morning to tell her something.

My editor had called and said there was a typo in that day’s strip. Obviously, we couldn’t fix it in the papers but we could fix it online and I asked Jocelyn if she would proofread it for me (a service she would often provide).

“Bo Nanas” didn’t appear in any New York papers, and Jocelyn didn’t have a computer at the time, so we went over to a friend’s apartment a block away (they were already at work). We booted up the computer, got onto the web and this is what she saw:

Bo070604_JohnJocProposal

She said she read it twice, once quickly for proofing, then for content. Completely unplanned, she was sitting and I was kneeling.

By the way, she said yes.

(This wasn’t an original idea of mine. I stole it from Mark Parisi who proposed to his wife Lynn in his comic panel “Off the Mark.” Although, I believe it was before it was syndicated.)

(An odd bit of coincidence: Not wanting to deal with the whole engagement ring thing without Jocelyn’s input, I gave her a large novelty ring in a plastic bubble at the time of the proposal. Now go take a look at the strip that just happens to be rerunning on Gocomics.com today.)

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2 Responses to “The most important comic strip I ever did”

  1. Katie MacKellar Says:

    I love this story! I love it even more every time I hear it. :)

  2. KOVALESKI Says:

    Me too.

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