Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mutts Goes Meta

During the week of May 21-26, 2018 cartoonist Patrick McDonnell stepped outside of his comic strip. Mutts spent the week contemplating the structure of the 3-panel gag strip -- as a way to deliver 3-panel gags.

The strip above addresses the pacing of the 3-panel gag. Many of the other strips for the week looked at different aspects of the structure - and most don't need additional commentary. 

The last of the sequence references Ernie Bushmiller. Bushmiller was the original artist/writer for Nancy. Bushmiller pared down his strip to its bare essence, and his tenure is one that most comic strip artists admire (including Patrick McDonnell, apparently).

And for a week of strips that looked at the foundation of the 3-panel form, it made perfect sense. 

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