SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
“Oopa eek!” screams Flimp the Chimp as he violently shakes his first at Charmy.
Frenchy laughs and reveals what Flimp was yelling. “Flimp says that it looks like someone already gave you an infected nose because it is swollen like a balloon”.
“I will have you know that people say my nose is my best feature”, Charmy fires back in his defense.
Weaver walks up and corrects Charmy. “No. People say your nose is your most prominent feature”.
“Yes, that is what I said”, says Charmy.
Frenchy chuckles and replies, “They say it is your most prominent feature because your nose is all anyone can see”.
“Well, I like my nose”, says Charmy. “My nose defines me”.
Frenchy’s eyes roll as she responds, “No… it enshrines you. We all see nothing but nose.”
“You are all just jealous!” says Charmy.
“Ap oop oop eek!” yells Flimp.
“Flimp says that… yes… we are all jealous that when we sneeze, we can’t blow over bowling pins set up at the end of a bowling lane”, explains Frenchy.
Charmy yells back, “THAT HAPPENED ONE TIME!”
And the conversation changes now because this angle really cannot go much further.
KNOW WHEN TO END A GAG
Here is some sound advise for cartoonists writing a comic strip or developing a script for an animated series. A good storyteller knows when to stop babbling. The joke above in today’s comic strip pretty much plays itself out within a few minutes. No one cares about Charmy’s nose. I do like to bring it up from time to time in my comic strip, but in quick references. You have to be able to laugh at yourself and I expect my characters in my comic strip to be able to laugh at themselves as well. It is also great to remind the readers that my comic strip’s characters are not perfect. Establishing faults in my cast actually helps the readers find a deeper connection by relating through their own faults… which I hope we can all laugh at together and accept that we are who we are. There are no real faults… only character definitions. Believe me, if you ever meet me, you will know that I am FULL of character definitions… lol.
As a kid, I related to the characters portrayed by comedian Harold Lloyd. Our local PBS station aired his old movies on Saturday nights one summer. Most of his characters with lonely, shy characters who strived through aversion to triumph and win the girl at the end of the movies. I was so incredibly shy as a kid. Harold Lloyd gave me the motivation and the confidence to try out for the school’s basketball team. Making the team helped me overcome my shy nature.
Again, know when to end a story. Let’s jump to a new discussion….
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