I'm making this post public because it is one of my favorite pages I've made of anything. I love the punch.
Here's how it originally looked in 2015:
Yikes! That's some sloppy linework. I have to admit though, my sense of timing was right on in the original. I kept it all as one page because the joke was so tight! I think I was also starting to get a sense for color when I was making this page. Definitely didn't have a grasp of it, but starting to get a feel for it.
I really like the silhouette in the last panel of the original version (Or at least the idea of it. There are a lot of tangents in the version that is there.) It punctuates the joke in a very different way. Like an echo. I almost kept it, but decided the journey of expression Aengus goes on was funnier and tells us so much more about his character. I love how he starts off so confident! It's making me laugh right now.
Humor is very hard to do. Or do consistently, anyway. I started comics trying to do that, and it's a lot of work. Long form narrative is also a lot of work, but it's a different kind. There's longevity in the work. I've learned that I very much like to dig in and get lost in my work. I like sprinkling humor into a comic like a spice, rather than make it the whole dish. But that's just me as a creator. I love consuming daily gag strips and humor for humor's sake. I just don't like to make them.
Anyway, I hope this page makes you laugh as much as it does for me.
See you next week,