What Time Is Iton January 30, 2014 at 6:00 am
Wowie zowie, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen either of these guys, eh?
By my clock, it’s ONE YEAR TO THE DAY since the last comic with Keith or Andy (disregarding, of course, the “Do Our Work For Us” strip which was drawn months earlier without a punchline because evidently Wes and I are idiots who don’t know how to plan ahead).
Do you guys like seeing our recurring characters? We have no idea! At conventions people tell us they love “the fish” or “the cops” or “the dad with the mustache,” but no one seems to know their names, and no one really seems to miss ’em while they’re gone. Wes and I have even convinced ourselves [on occasion] that people actually hate the characters and that the strips do better when it’s just a bunch of randos.
I said SCREW IT today, though. Not just one, but TWO recurring characters. Whose names are Keith and Andy. WHADDAYA THINK OF THAT? Can you deal with it? Are you dealing? Good.
Just for the record, I like so much recurring characters. 🙂
Is the guy in the watch kiosk, Ron Swanson?
Change the art style, hm? Or did they get in a accident resulting the loss if their necks, hm?
keepin it fresh, yo!
Just needs more lens flare and it’ll be perfect..
I kinda don’t care about Andy and Keith. I fucking love the cops and the dad with the mustache though.
OF COURSE we all miss those loveable scamps like Keith and Andy, or Murphy and Dobbs the cops from Heck, but we’re not going to NAG you about our own neurotic internalized grief at their loss for months, nay, YEARS at a time. *sob*
I love the characters. I look up comics by character. Skip is one of my favs.
Yeah, it adds an extra layer of humor when it’s recurring characters.
not only do i know these characters well, but i’m so familiar with them that i note a distinct difference in their designs in this strip, as opposed to previous appearances… what’s up with that?
A lot has happened to them in the past year, perhaps we will flash back to those adventures later on.
Yeah, Andy and Keith… But who is who?
I’m also in the “loves recurring characters” camp. But … I’mma be straight with you. That’s not Andy and Keith.
I don’t go round reading comments on comics so I don’t know if you get the same criticism I’m about to give you all the time but here goes.
I think your comics are hilarious but that you probably have streamlined your process too much. A lot of comic strip writers have talked/written about the phenomenon of becoming too concerned with how their readers see their comic that they are no longer concerned with humor or substance.
The recurring characters are one of the favourite parts of this comic! That, and the fiendishly sharp wit.
Although I can live without them, recurring characters are pretty cool, so you shouldn’t avoid them on purpose. Not to mention that they can become serious factors in the ASP brand, therefore they can make it more special and unique in the public eye.
gotta love recurring characters
I feel a personal connection to Keith
Quick get a cell phone!
That Hidden Comic made me laugh more than I did all week for some crude reason.
Keith and Andy comics are honestly my favourites here. But it actually doesn’t matter, because your comics are ALWAYS great.
I thought blacks guys face was mad messed up till I zoomed and realised that what I thought was an eye was his mouth and what I thought was his eyebrow is just an eye.
I laughed upon seeing what you saw
This is what I saw as well. Very disorienting!
Skip. Skip and Ken are the ones I like the most and tend to miss (and Skip’s friend whose name DOES escape me). I love the recurring characters.
Yeah I was really hoping we’d see more about Keith and Skip being brothers.
The cops are my favorite, though I appreciate Andy since he’s the only Black guy (throw in more nonWhite characters!)
I was actually disappointed a while back when you had a comic with a incompetent cop in it who wasn’t Murphy or Dobbs… so yeah, I like the recurring characters.
I’m a little late to the party, but I just want to say that I definitely like the recurring characters. Also, I was immediately struck by how different they look! Without recurring characters, how would we notice the change in art style (apparently, or maybe it’s just me)?