The Prudent Cartoonist



(Cartoonist’s note: I am combining two days of the “Peggy Sue Got Married” send-up to move things along. As for the 10-year-old “prudent cartoonist” comments, I don’t know what the prudent cartoonist does in an environment where some newspapers publish three and four days a week. Truly, I don’t.)
I have never knowingly aped another cartoonist in Arlo and Janis, but looking at this strip I can’t help but see a little Doonesbury influence. It could have been unconscious, or it could have been coincidence. Not even I can say for sure. However, little Arlo’s expression in the third panel makes him look like a Trudeau character, Boopsie to be exact, and his father’s deadpan reaction sounds like something Mark Slackmeyer’s father might have said.

This, by the way, was a Saturday strip. When working on a continuing storyline, a cartoonist really has only five days with which to work. Many small daily newspapers don’t publish a Saturday edition, so it’s wise to avoid a Saturday installment that greatly affects plot development. The prudent cartoonist runs in place on Saturday with a gag that is related to events but stands alone.
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10 thoughts on “The Prudent Cartoonist”

  1. Steve
    Way back it was Lake Center Switch.
    There was a plant in Rushford about then (90s)?
    The town MB was born.

    They used local resources (college kids)
    And yes it is a great hunting and fishing area.
    Bub’s brewery was under Sugar Loaf. (Literally)

  2. I posted this earlier today on the prior thread:

    I see JJ’s tribute to Tony Bourdain today. I think most people will get it.

    Old Bear:

    Yes Rushford did have a plant that made switches and Climate Controls. They also had a plant at the Engineering Center that butted up next to the local airport. Guys would get up at Way Too Early in the morning and board a private plane so that I could pick them up at 8:00 AM in Detroit. Most of them were kind of sleepy during meetings.

    A few years before, I worked for Northern Engraving, which was a privately owned company that made interior trim products for automotive. The owners had a Cessna with two pilots which were actually named Captain Speed and Captain Comfort. I got to fly on it a few times. My first plane ride was when I started to work for Northern Engraving and the ride on the Cessna was about my 3rd or 4th trip on an airplane.


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