Out to Sea – Page 20

If you ever find yourself stranded on a deserted island in the middle of the ocean, remember to pack essentials. Go by whale!

Out to Sea – Page 17

To make up for not posting pages every Tuesday and Thursday, I will start posting Mon-Wed-Fri starting today. For some reason on Tuesday and Thursday I forget the internet exists. Even though I am on it then. I think the pandemic is messing with my head.

Out to Sea – Page 16

How do you get TV reception or power inside the belly of a whale? I could invoke the MST3K mantra, but I defer more to what Thad Komorowski and Bob Jaques call “cartoon logic” (also the title of their great podcast on the history and art of classic animation) — basically artistic license with a lot more license thrown in. If it serves the story or the humor, go for it.

Pop culture references here: obviously the dogs are on some political argument show you find all over cable news, but the Towel of Power refers to the Shamwow towel frequently advertised on TV back when I drew this ten years ago. I think it is still in production, but I have not seen a commercial for it in a long time. But I did just learn that Vince Offer is now hawking Shamwow masks for your pandemic protection. Never let a crisis go to waste, I guess.

Out to Sea – Page 15

It’s not like a whale can get a cleaning service in there.

Anyone else have a weird month? That’s how long it’s been since I last posted a page of this story. The goal was twice a week postings, but a month? Yikes. Anyway, I blame the virus. We all should. Plus maybe our weak social services programs, our ineffective leadership, and our anti-science culture. But who am I to cast aspersions? (I’m me. I cast them all the time.)

Out to Sea – Page 14

We could all use some much needed rest, little pig.

I hope y’all are managing during this pandemic crisis. It has really brought out some of the best in people, even as it reveals some of the worst aspects of our social inequities. Don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it. Or to help people in need if you can. Stay home as much as possible, keep washing those hands!