“Below the Belt”

This was an actual conversation. When I was in college, I had a summer job at a retail shoe store. I overheard a conversation about grooming habits between two co-workers. In this instance, I was like Dave giving the sarcastic remark, “obviously”. Without missing a beat, Stacy, the one I had just mocked, had a riposte for me. All I could do was smile inwardly and think “Touché“.

(Soliciting Celeste. 2002)                                                  (Something about Celeste. 2005)

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“Big Hips”

This is just a fun, silly strip. The original one is from my freshman or sophomore year in college. At first, I thought it was funny that Celeste would get physically violent. Later, I didn’t want to redo the idea for either Soliciting Celeste or Something about Celeste. As Celeste’s character developed over the years, I found it implausible for Celeste to react in such a way. The solution was to replace the lines with Paige. However, I also thought it unlikely that Paige would ask Dave for his advice in this matter. But in the end, the pleasure of seeing Paige beat up Dave once again outweighed any of the earlier doubts.

(Common Ground. 1998)                                                    (Something about Celeste. 2005)

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“Guerrilla Advertising”

This is another idea from my years studying advertising in college. Guerrilla advertising was to use alternative methods of media to reach certain demographics. If traditional advertising was newspapers, magazines, television, and billboards, guerrilla advertising was everything else. Plastering a company brand on metro buses, airplanes, behind home plate at baseball games, etc. Wherever there is a flat surface, just put an ad there. An as the name suggests, the method of advertising could be quite intrusive. So I thought it would be funny of such a method of advertising at the zoo with a word-play pun with “gorilla”.

(Soliciting Celeste. 2001)                                                       (Something about Celeste. 2005)

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“The Grass is Greener….”

I like this idea because both Celeste and Paige are attractive women, yet even they are plagued by self-doubt. We all can relate when we look in the mirror. It’s hard to focus on our strengths as our eyes laser-focus on all our bodily flaws. I made this a two strip story in Soliciting Celeste that showcases Dave’s lecherous side. I dunno, maybe I’ll redo that strip into a Something about Celeste as well.

(Soliciting Celeste. 2001)                                                            (Something about Celeste. 2005)

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“Denial, a river in Egypt” 

Obviously, I didn’t come up with this line as it is a pretty common saying. I like this strip as it further muddles Dave/Paige’s love-hate relationship.  As the creator, even I don’t know what will happen between Dave and Paige. I like to be as surprised as the reader. I think this strip blurs the definition of their relationship: are they friends, frenemies, annoying co-workers, enemies, romantic, plutonic?

In Soliciting Celeste, I thought the lead-up dialogue was awful and the static art was no better.

(Soliciting Celeste. 2002)                                                                (Something about Celeste. 2005)

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