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What’s Written on the Back of Hammy’s Eyelids?

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People always ask me where I get my ideas.  I bought this one on Ebay.  Had to outbid Stephan Pastis and Darby Conley for it.

Over the Hedge:  Sparing no expense to entertain you since 1995.

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Stephan Pastis: Smoking Crack in the Kitchen

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Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis waxes nostalgic about his happy childhood.

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Of Rats and Men

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Mostly true story.  About nine years ago I sent an email to a buoyant, fresh-faced young cartoonist named Stephan Pastis to congratulate him on his just launched comic strip Pearls Before Swine.   The innocent young lad calls me.  I express admiration for Pearls.   I tell him he can quit his day job.   He says, “Gosh golly,” a lot and thanks me profusely.  I wish him luck.  We hang up.   Inwardly, I smile and think, “Misery, here comes company.”

Fast forward to nine years later:

At least he kept the hookers out of the shot.

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Spork Dork

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Tighty-whities look ridiculous on any guy older than four. Boxers are just not serious underwear.  The boys deserve our support.   That leaves boxer-briefs.   Sure, they’re like bike shorts with a handy outtake vent, but if you’re caught in a bank robbery and forced to strip to your underwear you’ll only look slightly less silly than the 300 pound guy in the baby banana hammock*.  Just one less delusional paranoid fear to worry about?

Over the Hedge:  Rationalizing crazy shit since 1995

*A tip-o-the-pen to Stephan Pastis, creator of  the comic Pearls Before Swine whose editor wouldn’t let him use “banana hammock” in his strip last week.  Remember, amateurs borrow.  Professionals steal.

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Beastie Boyz-n-the-Wood

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The most often asked question for any cartoonist is where do we get our ideas.   I give a lot of bullshit answers like all my ideas are all outsourced to Bangalore or I buy Stephan Pastis’ rejected ideas on the black market.  The truth is, I have no idea where my ideas come from.   I’m just grateful they come.  And that a few of them are memorable.

I threw the Beastie Boys into this one because I saw a video of them on American Bandstand in Dick Clark’s themed restaurant in the Newark airport.   I didn’t know at the time, I’d use them, but a few hours later, feverishly writing on deadline while changing planes in O’Hare, I needed a LOONS anthem and the idea of pudgy suburbanites and a wacky squirrel head banging to Fight For Your Right to Party seemed funny.   Admittedly, it was much funnier in Chicago than on the page.

Over the Hedge: the best airport written and inspired comic strip ever.

Jack update:   Slowly improving.  Bruising now all the way to his back legs.  Swelling has gone down a little.  He still looks like he’s gone 12 rounds with Randall Tex Cobb.

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