Some gags are easy to write, others are a bit of a struggle.

I worked up two earlier versions of this cartoon (which my Patreon supporters can view here.) I thought the idea had some promise but somehow it wasn’t quite working, so I asked for some feedback from my backers and then just set it aside for a day or two.

After walking away from it and then coming back fresh, a fix hit me almost immediately. It’s still not my funniest strip ever but it went from “not usable” to “usable”.

Other cartoonists with more experience than me have said that they often don’t publish their first version of a gag. They let it sit and simmer until it gels into something better and stronger. I guess I’m learning the wisdom of that.

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