I think Izzy should have done something in panel 2 to warrant Hammy’s invasive procedure. Cause and effect. This is just effect.
Hindsight is 20/20. Cartooning for me is about 10/40/40/10. 10% walk off. 40% Good enough for government work. 40% Coasting. And 10% WTF. As you can see, the bar for a reasonably successful cartooning career is not set very high. Yet somehow, I still trip over it all the time.
Oh. Today is my birthday. I’m 52 today. I read today that Babe Ruth died at 53 on this date in 1948. The Babe accomplished a great deal in 53 years. No doubt he would have preferred to live longer, but he got what he needed to get done in the time he had. I’ve accomplished a lot, but I’m no where near done. Learning that the Babe died at 53 makes me feel a little anxious about how much time I’ve got left. I’m sure I’ll push through 53 just fine. But then what? 10 more years? 15? 20? 30? Who knows?
Then again, I’ve always worked well on a deadline.