For someone who got married on the tenth anniversary of dating his girlfriend (and on April 1 no less), the idea of a lot of “maybe” and “eventually” being tied into nuptials in all too autobiographical.
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It didn’t hit me until after I wrote it, but I think this comic is based on an event I actually witnessed. I was walking along the beach and spotted a fisherman working on the wet sand to unhook a small, fat shark from his line. He had been out a little ways in his kayak and mistakenly caught the shark, but couldn’t safely unhook it at sea. So he brought the shark back onto the beach where he successfully removed the hook. Somehow, the fisherman avoided getting bitten. Then he scooped the shark up in his arms and ran out into the water, where he let the little beast swim off to freedom. I was both amazed at the effort made to help the shark, and a little concerned that a shark of that size could easily be hanging around where I swim.
One of the pitfalls of working on a comic strip for more than a decade is the great possibility that you’ll forget what the hell you wrote like six years ago. Case in point: I was planning a Ronald/Scouse story (They share an accidental, alien-created mental collection, in case you didn’t know.) when I went back and read previous comics (Thank god!) and realized that Scouse had a whole subplot about the Island Chief asking Scouse to marry the Chief’s two daughters and stop living in sin… OR ELSE. Poor Scouse has been hanging with that dilemma for a long time, and I almost ran another story that wouldn’t even acknowledge it! So now we actually get to see how Scouse deals with this prickliest of pickles.
There are several characters not included in this comic. Most of them were either featured recently or will be featured soon. I just wanted to touch base with some familiar faces, many who have not been spotted since before the comic went on hiatus!
I completely forgot about the Drunk Duck Awards this year and was surprised to learn that I was nominated for not one, but two categories: BEST PARODY/TRIBUTE COMIC and BEST PHOTO COMIC. Thanks to all who nominated me. I didn’t even beg this time.