This is a good, solid cartoon to end the year on.
Everyone be safe with all the amateurs out tonight. Remember, it’s not much of a happy new year without you in it.
Is Hammy too sweet? Hard for me to say. I’m pretty much the last guy on earth to be writing a sweet, lovable character (the last guy being Stephan Pastis). I like to think he’s more wacky, than sweet. But who knows. If your teeth are falling out drop me a line and I’ll consider toning him down. But probably not. My sense is Hammy hugs are welcomed by most everyone, inside or outside their shells.
We do this bit every year – with greater or lesser degrees of success. I like that the character who never resolves to improve is in charge of absolving those who are always trying to improve. There’s a certain perfection in RJ’s comfort with his own imperfection. RJ understands that self-improvement is a mirage. Certainly, we can all improve, but if we all became thinner or healthier or nicer would it make us all happier? No, because happiness is a comparative emotion. We are happy in comparison to being sad. If we are never sad, or fat or sick or mean, then what does it mean to be happy? If RJ isn’t a self-debasing glutton who only cares about his next Yoo-hoo fix, then what does it mean to be Verne… or Hammy? You have to let RJ have his cake, so Verne can refuse to eat his too.
RJ can absolve us for our resolution-ary sins because he is the biggest sinner of us all.
It takes one, to know two.
Sorry for the kerning issue on Bar-ton’s. T needs to fix that on his lettering font.
Oh, you thought he hand lettered each cartoon? How quaint.
Wait. You think he hand draws these too? Now you’re really naive. We outsourced the art work to China years ago.
Of course I still write each one by hand. If by hand you think I mean an index finger hitting a key in GagWorks that randomly assembles punch lines from millions of situations and conflicts.