Even though I easily envisioned stretching out Monday's comic into a week-long arc, I resisted the temptation because it's kind of like doing the same joke over and over again. That's never really stopped me in the past, but can't you see I'm trying to grow as an artist!
Pretentiousness aside, response to Monday's strip was so strong, I was simply compelled to do a follow up. I like that Tom is kind of creeping up on the couple in this strip. I think that's more funny than the actual punchline.
Incidentally, I am thinking about creating a t-shirt with today's punchline as a slogan. Do you think you might be interested in a shirt that says "THIS IS NOT YOUR LIVING ROOM" if the design were done well? I'm thinking of having the slogan on a screen with the outline of the curtains and the theater seats in front of it. Laid out not entirely dissimilar from the set in today's comic!
Back to reader response for a minute, I have to admit that I was surprised by the number of e-mails I received from people thanking me for addressing the issue of movie theater talkers. Several of you shared your own personal experiences. Clearly this is not an isolated phenomenon. But I'm starting to wonder if there is some sub-strata of human being where talking in a theater is not viewed as rude. Like, maybe it's some kind of low-grade birth defect.
That's armchair science for you, by the way.
Not much else to report at the moment, but if you're enjoying the last few strips, I highly encourage you to download Monday's broadcast of The Triple Feature podcast. Gordon, Joe and myself spent about a half hour sharing our stories of theater talkers.
We have strong opinions.
The week is half way done! Make it a good one and I'll see you here on Friday!
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THIS IS NOT YOUR LIVING ROOM!