This first one is from the strip, Bizarro by Dan Piraro. It is a single panel strip showing the Disney character, Elmer Fudd, running from a big blue bird. Fudd is yelling, "Retweet, Retweet." (If you visit Dan's site and click on his blog you can see the cartoon. Much funnier to see it that try to imagine it from my description.)
This next one is from Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley. Bucky Kat has gone on and on for several panels justifying a video game that he created that is not fit for Rob to buy for a nephew. Bucky tells this long story about a vacationing prude who ends up on a nudist beach by mistake and is horrified to see a naked man who has fallen asleep on the beach. He picks up the book and "placed it over him where the sun shouldn't be shining."
When Rob tells Bucky Kat to get to the point, Kat says, "Um...well, never cover a judge by his book, I guess."
This next one is from Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis. Rat is writing a romance novel and in the first three panels he has his character, Elly Elephant, go to a bar where she meets a hippo. She starts telling him all about herself and how she came in hopes of meeting someone with "similar sensibilities." Then she says, "Oh, silly me. All I have done is go on oafishly about myself. I'm sure you have much more erudite things to say."
To which the hippo does a bit of a leer and responds, "Nice rear."
In the next panel, Elly Elephant is beating the erudite hippo with his own bar stool.
The final panel has Goat comment, "You know most romance novels have happy endings."
Rat says, "Yeah, I'm making up for that."
And Pig says, "Her rear is rather attractive."
I'm guessing we should not take lessons from Rat on novel writing. What do you think?
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