Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tomorrow's the day

Tomorrow is the day that my submission to They'll Do It Every Time is scheduled to be published. After that you should be able to view the cartoon by clicking here.

I have mixed feelings about this, partly because it is one of the last comics Mr. Scaduto drew up before his death last month; partly because I have just learned via the Comics Curmudgeon that the strip itself is scheduled to end on February 2nd, when the last of Mr. Scaduto's strips run out, and no one will be taking it over, thus bringing an end to a 79 year run; but also, well...

...because my submission is just, well...kinda...mean.

It has to do with the next-door neighbor (who I sincerely hope does not read the funnies) and her bad phone habits. It was conceived in a fit of pique during a time when I hoped that every time the phone rang, it might be someone calling to offer me a job, and instead it almost always turned out to be her. So I submitted it to Al Scaduto, and he mulled it over, and three months later he sent me a personally inscribed copy of the finished product...which turned out to be a painfully literal illustration of my submission.

It's true. It's accurate. But this woman does help to keep an eye on my mom when I'm not around, and I appreciate the hell out of that. Even if she does sometimes call at 11:00 at night when I have to be up at 3:00 the next morning.

What will appear tomorrow? I don't know. Perhaps things will have changed slightly between the copy of the panel that I received and the time it is published - this has happened before. Funny thing is, I won't know for sure until sometime after 7:00 tomorrow night, so I'll be one of the last to know!

Update, 2/24/08: With They'll Do It Every Time officially retired, I'm posting this copy of the strip here so that it is not lost.


supertiff said...

not to toss your concerns aside, but how exciting!!
seriously, i'm so happy for you.

anne said...

Wow! That is so cool!

And I wouldn't worry about the neighbor. I always kind of felt that the types of folks portrayed in that comic would never recognize themselves anyway.

Gort said...

Cool. I'll lok for it in the CV tomorrow.

Marc said...

The woman in the cartoon deserves to be annoyed for answering the phone while washing dishes or answering the door while in the shower. You can't be annoyed if you don't let people annoy me. Stop answering the phone and the door!

Michelle D said...

Nice job! I don't get the paper, so I'm glad you included the link.