This one first appeared on November 8, 2013.
The item of interest here is the boat. I think at this point, I’m still doing the strip manually (Pentel brushpen and X-Feather Noodler’s ink, I’m pretty sure) and looking back at my electronic file, I still have the scans of the various pieces. I’d then assemble them in GIMP. Here, though, is where I decided maybe enough was enough. Look at the boat.Yeah, it’s the same boat, but that’s not what really bugs me. What bugs me is the thickness of the line. One of the (many) downsides to doing the strip piecemeal is that I can’t compare the line weights until they’re sitting next to each other. Not only is the line thickness for the boat here ridiculous, but you can _also_ see the outline of white around the boat make it look like I cut it out with a scissors from a bad magazine.
When I think of strips I would someday completely redo, this one’s at the top of the list. I love the gag, I love Mike’s expressions, but, man, that boat still kills me.