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Man, I can’t wait until I have a better put together office. You know, better put together than all my stuff out on the coffee table.

On a totally unrelated note, every single time I write the word “Perspicacious” I think I’m going to mess up the spelling, but I think I’ve got it nailed.

Did I Write This Week?

Yes! Not what I was originally planning on writing, but writing happened all the same. But I didn’t finish off the zombie story as I had planned. Still, I managed to find time to write a little bit creatively. Sophie’s turn as head-writer over on 9to5 (illustrated) is coming to a close and I’m next in line, so that meant for the first time in a very long time, it was my turn to helm the strip for a while.

I looked it up, my last run as head writer was my “True-Er Detective” story that we published back in January of 2015. Which means I probably wrote them around November or December 2014. Wow. It’s been 2 years.

I was a little rusty.

I’ve mentioned before that I really dig the writing process on the comic. I think it’s cool to take turns as head writer and then bounce the ideas off the other 3 creators to hash out what becomes the final strip. It’s also cool to sit with the artists (Sophie does the art, but Scott handles the lettering and some of the Photoshop effects) and figure out how some of the jokes will land visually.

That’s to say nothing about the kick I get out of seeing how my jokes land before actually sharing them with “the public.” I think one of things that makes the strip unique is that all four of us have different senses of humour. Sophie tends towards  more classic cartoony style jokes, Scott can be more dry with his humour, Jon is probably the darkest of all of us and I usually get more self-aware and absurd. And, because we collaborate in the writing process, that different humour can creep into any strip.

I LIKE IT, OK?

I would also say that I tend to be the most wordy with my comics. Like, possibly to a fault. In this last run, before going over the scripts with the crew, Scott pointed out that I had 49 word balloons across 4 strips. There’s only 4 characters in the run (the main cast) so that means that on average, every character has a line of dialogue in every single panel and then there was 1 extra bubble for good measure (I think it might be a thought bubble).

As the French say, that’s too beaucoup.

Part of the reason is that when writing the funnies I’m a big fan of continually tagging up on the last line of dialogue.

Character A: Funny observation.
Character B: Funny contradiction.
Character C: Funny counterpoint.
Character D: Absurd conclusion!

I’ll totally admit that sometimes this writing would probably work better in something like a theater piece or a sitcom, but I like it enough to try to squeeze it into the comic on the regular.

Then the artists reign me in a little bit and explain how terrible it is to have connecting speech bubbles criss-crossing all over the panel and then I feel guilty about covering up Sophie’s dope ass art with my LAME ASS WORDS and we clean it up. Distilling the funny.

So yeah, a lot of lines get cut. But I’m totally cool with that. I trust everyone enough to have the strip’s best interest at heart, and if I’m really attached to a certain gag or angle I’ll defend it and make sure some version of it makes it into the strip. And like I said, we’ve all got different takes on what makes us laugh, so I think no matter what we end up with something pretty cool at the end of the day.

So, umm, stay tuned for the conclusion of Sophie’s run over the next 2 weeks and hopefully look forward to mine some time in January.

Bizous.

Keith does all sorts of things here on 9to5.cc, he works with the other founders on 9to5 (illustrated), co-hosts our two podcasts: The 9to5 Entertainment System and Go Plug Yourself and blogs here as The Perspicacious Geek.

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