Sunday, May 2, 2010

TAGS January 16, 1994

01/16: New year, new format.

January 16: Monster is already tired of the new year and Checkov (dragon, fifth appearance*) is amused by it, at least for the fifteen minute break.

If you're going to practice making a daily comic strip, then you MUST do an expanded Sunday edition. There was no question about it for me at the time. The unrestricted layouts that I would use for the Sunday editions, were inspired by the work of Bill Watterson on his strip "Calvin and Hobbes" which was inspired by the likes of Hal Foster's "Prince Valiant" and Windsor McKay's "Little Nemo in Slumberland."

These Sunday editions were drawn at actual size on letter typing paper. The comparative larger format meant more drawing and less words. It's funny how that works.

So, what cookies are in this first Sunday edition?

Panel 1: "24601" is the prison number of Jean Valjean from Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables." The trash bin says "High Ho" based on the Dwarfs' song "Heigh-Ho" for Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

Panel 4 (in the center): on of the few time a managerial "Suit" is depicted in TAGS. The bucket Monster is holding is/was full of hot gravy.

Panel 6 (to the right): Monster drives the family station wagon. Also note the geographic icon: the Palm tree.

Panel 7: (L-R) Mr. Flops (puppy, not an official TAGS character), Murray (Cheetah, 6), Barron (9, stuffed bear), unnamed platypus, unnamed Muppet (based on a crittature of co-worker Troy), Vern (horse, 2), Matt (originally created as a mascot for an animation club), Monster (monster).

I can't remember what's up with having Monster rubbing his ear.

* Only Checkov's fifth appearance? Really? I'd have thought more.

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