The purpose of today’s cartoon is to introduce the characters. I want it to be clear which is which, and I plan to reinforce their names in the future, especially in the first few weeks. People always ask “Now, which one’s which?” I know that it’s because no one reads the cartoon regularly, but it still kind of kills me inside. I have these great characters with distinct personalities, but no one can tell them apart. I hope that changes.
The cartoon is also an homage to Garfield’s first strip, so before any comic strip buffs can accuse me of plagiarizing:
So this cartoon is my own personal nod to Jim Davis. I don’t plan to break the fourth wall very often, but it’s fun to do it every once in a while to keep readers feeling engaged. I hope that putting Ralph and Chuck’s website in the panel gutter will encourage more people to come on the blog and give feedback, but I don’t want to go the route of shameless self-promotion by asking people to visit the blog in the actual comic strip.
What do you think of the first cartoon? Let me know in the comments!