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March 22nd, 2009

This Skull

This comic began as a pitch I did for a major magazine. My contact loved the strip and was about to send me contracts to pick it up when the magazine fell into financial trouble and a lot of people jumped ship. With my contact gone, further attempts to get the strip into the magazine fell on deaf ears. Fail! The original punchline made the skull into much more of a jerk, because it was for an older audience. It made more sense for Bad Boyfriend to have a really lame skull.  My list of possibles included…

Sneaks cookies when no one’s looking, Doesn’t recycle, Has overdue library books, Fakes a sore back just to get attention, Mooned the queen, Caused chicken pox, Works in advertising, Doesn’t stand right/walk left on escalators, Ends sentences with prepositions, Crank calls the elderly, Keeps borrowing pencils and not returning them, Snuck into your room and replaced your pillows with day old fish, Makes fun of people’s t-shirts, Chews gum while he’s on the phone, Replaced your toothpaste with mint flavoured boogers or Sells bootleg false teeth.

My friends and I tried to come up with ways to actually cheat at Tic Tac Toe and figured the skull might, switch from Xs to Os part way through, erase your Os, take two turns in a row, add more columns or punch you in the biscuit basket.

2 Awesomes Comments!

  1. Anonymous

    ‘Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
    Never ever use repetitive redundancies.
    Parenthetical comments (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
    Avoid clichés like the plague; they’re old hat.
    Beware! Using, too much, punctuation; it will: make your writing hard to understand’

  2. Steve

    I love the variation in how bad the various possibilities are. They all made me laugh. They also made me think of the song “I’ll Sue Ya” by Weird Al.