I was working on this one, and was almost finished with it, when Gavin was born. Suffice it to say, all production came to a screeching halt. I found a moment recently to finish it up.
I made a great discovery as I pulled this sequence together. For the longest time, I put together creative pieces as ideas came to me, which was an intermittent, unpredictable, and dare I say, a rare event. I decided to start taking the production of creative pieces a bit more seriously, which led me to the inevitable question of how I was going to do that if my creative juices are so sporadic.
This piece started out as a doodle. I had no idea what I was going to put together, and doodling was the only thing I could think of to help find direction. I sketched a little boy eating a popsicle. Soon afterward I found myself asking what could happen to him that would be interesting (not necessarily funny, but at least interesting). So I imagined that a little girl, younger than him, might walk up to him, and stare at him eating the popsicle, in hopes that he might share. Then I found myself contemplating the little boy’s response to this intrusion upon his private space. One thing led to another, and soon I had a sixteen panel illustrated short story (consolidated to fourteen in the final draft).
Then it occurred to me that creating a funny story wasn’t necessarily about thinking of something funny, at least not essentially. It’s about action and reaction, a chain of events that lead to some sort of conclusion. Putting together a story is as simple as beginning with a premise and thinking about one action at a time. The funny will come; just make sure that the next action is interesting. If you try to come up with a story all at one time, it will almost never happen. This way, the story will practically put itself together every time.
I really love how the eighth panel turned out, and I thought it would make great desktop wallpaper. So I formatted it in several resolutions for anyone who’s interested. If you’re monitor resolution isn’t listed here, just let me know what your resolution is, and I’ll make a version just for you.