shoestring budget


A few things:

I said earlier that I’d be trying to put two panel strips vertically. Then I immediately forgot. THEN I would make a strip that had panels that weren’t the same size. So as I was editing and making a web friendly version, I remembered at the last minute and placed the panels vertically. Good job, Paul.

I have a problem where everything leans to the right, as far as characters and vertical lines. Also, I DO have a T-square, but in using it? Everything still ends up crooked, and I have to use the “skew” function in my editing software. It’s slight but it’s sometimes too obvious, and something I’ve needed to work on. I have a plastic t-square and it’s cheap, so maybe that’s the problem, but I also have a very large T-square and I used THAT for some of these strips and I noticed I was still having the problem. Do I shell out for a metal T-square? Is it the table or backing board I use? If I fix it post, what’s the problem?

FINALLY, I looked up “shoestring” and according to online dictionaries, it definitely means “shoelace” in North America, and not some other specific meaning that would invalidate the joke where a character is paying by using his shoelaces. “This is the string that goes around the shoebox your new shoes come in, that’s not money!” does not have the same impact. Why toys as the object of the character’s consumer need? Maybe there’s a more accurate meaning for the idiom, where it’s more about funding a specific project than buying something frivolous. But that’s what I settled on to create the strip.

You’ve read more than I need to share about such a dumb gag. Thanks!


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