This strip is about as close as I’ve ever come to having a truly autobiographical strip: my poor wife is always telling me I need to drink more water to offset the copious amounts of coffee I ingest.
I started this week’s strip knowing that I wanted Mike to finish with “Water be for the weak!”
So the action itself was pretty easy: wife comes and gives him a glass of water. She leaves. He drinks the coffee.
In the process of sketching it out, I got the fun idea that he actually drinks the pot of coffee itself. I think that nice little twist makes the strip.
So after the last couple of weeks of some pretty tough processes, this weeks’ strip came to me pretty quick and it was a lot easier than the last few to execute. Here’s where I finished up, tweaking the words a bit:
I must confess: after the weeks of wrestling with The Crew, this strip was a pleasant change of pace!
The lines are a little too thick on Mike in the last panel and the mug and glass of water mysteriously scoot across the countertop in the last panel, but I thought they worked better spatially a little further over anyway, so I left them alone. I had to space everything out a bit or the coffee pot would have been obscured by the coffee maker. Can’t have that!
I also moved the balloon in the third panel from the top-center to the middle-right. I convinced myself that this gave just an instant more of a delay, like Mike was just waiting one more beat for his wife to leave the room before he so bravely chugs the pot of coffee! So that’s just me, but I liked it.
As always, thanks everyone! Look forward to your thoughts! See you Friday for the new strip.