Punch…Lines?

If you’ve read our comic strips then I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that they don’t offer what most would consider traditional humor.  Unlike most other strips we don’t put a lot of emphasis on closing with a punch line in Day Camp or I’M FAMOUS!  I like to think our humor is more subtle and organic.  They aren’t jokes, just amusing situations.  I think this has more to do with Alex’s writing style than my input or drawing.  Lets take a look at some examples.  Begin at the beginning I always say, so here’s the first Day Camp and I’M FAMOUS!

The first Day Camp
The first Day Camp

The first I'M FAMOUS!
The first I'M FAMOUS!

So there was some attempt at closing with a punch line at first, but they are kind of weak and abnormal if you judge them purely by those standards.  Alex and I often joked about that fact, especially as the strip went on.  I don’t think Alex ever read many comic strips or cared for jokes, so I think that has probably contributed to his unusual style.  If left to his own devices I think he’d still be writing fantasy novels and short stories like when I first met him.  Good thing we met!  Let’s see some more examples.

Day Camp spider?
Day Camp spider?
Day Camp racism
Day Camp racism
Day Camp Game Boy
Day Camp Game Boy (I actually wrote this one)
I'M FAMOUS! Daniel's drinking
I'M FAMOUS! Daniel's drinking
I'M FAMOUS! Nazi bashing
I'M FAMOUS! Nazi bashing

So yeah, I guess there are punch lines at the end of most of the strips, but they aren’t really important.  That not really where the humor lies.  It’s the strip in total.  The moments being captured.  The interactions between people.  It’s not just setting up for something to come.  In short it’s looking at the comedy and absurdity of life.  Life is not about what comes next, but what is happening now.  It’s not always funny, but there’s usually some humor inherent to every moment, especially when viewed by an outside observer.

Does that mean our strips are the funniest.  Probably not.  Perhaps even the opposite.  Then again I believe it makes our humor much more genuine and true, which touches the reader deeper and has a lengthier impact.  But what do I know.  I’m obviously biased.  Let me know what you think.

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