so i decided to straighten out my ol’ handwriting font a bit
This rejected strip is the genesis of the Whiteboard Dingdong Bandit storyline. It was originally going to be the last strip of the previous story — Joyce comes back to her room late at night, finds a bunch of dicks drawn on her whiteboard, erases them angrily, there’s a beat, and then she returns and draws her own.
It was a potentially funny idea, but the timing wasn’t right. I don’t think the timing could have possibly been right in five panels. There needs to be a much larger gap between her erasing them and returning to redraw one herself. In a perfect world, I woulda done like two rows and repeat that penultimate panel like a billion times. But naw, it wasn’t working.
Plus I then I thought it’d be hilarious if she accidentally drew it in permanent marker because Mike switched the pen out at some point and Joyce freaks out and draws on everyone’s and I extrapolated this whole series of things and OH HEY WHAT IF IT’S PRESENTED AS A MYSTERY
AND AMAZI-GIRL HAS TO SOLVE IT
super best idea
So I threw this comic in the trash. I repurposed some art from this strip for a new set of strips featuring Mike and Dina, to sort of prop up some potential other suspects before the mystery begins. I threw those strips in before Amazi-Girl and Dorothy had their interview, pushing that back by two days, and the rest was history.
Looking back, it’s weird that Ethan was everyone’s number-one suspect for a while, sometimes a close second. I didn’t set him up as a suspect at all!
EDIT: Oh oh oh oh oh, and the title of this rejected last strip was “Appendix.” GET IT?? GET IT??????????????????
Dumbing of Age: The Whiteboard Dingdong Bandit
tomorrow amazi-girl shows her work
final voting results
we find out the answer in three minutes
Dumbing of Age: Hurt
This strip was also reorganized into the last page of my new Slipshine porn — I didn’t have a lot of narrative room for it to end differently. Since the porn comic wasn’t initially planned, I spent the past three days with this strip open on my second monitor to make sure everything and everyone ended up where they needed to be by the end. (with reasonable wiggle room)
Every time I do a new one, I worry that suddenly everyone will have lost interest, but each time, I’m rewarded with overwhelming happy loves from everyone. Thank you! You made my fourth Slipshine another great success!