Graphic Storytelling Lesson for Today
Comics lettering decibel indicators:
1. Exclamation points/ multiple exclamation points
2. Bigger letters
4. Block/balloon letters
5. Colored block letters
6. Gradient colored block letters
When Jon shouts in zombified monotone, he shouts IN YELLOW. Please note that two exclamation points is always funnier than one or three.
Jon has an iMac. This, combined with the infamous recent appearance of Garfield's iPod, should tell us something. "Should" but "doesn't". Whether that's a PAWS, Inc. buyout of Apple (most likely) or that Jim Davis just likes Macs, we may have to wait for his next booksigning and ask in person. Either way, be thankful we Garfield fans don't have to put up with the hideous '80s PCs still portrayed daily in On the Fastrack or the crap that goes down in Shoe.
A consistently heartening thing about Garfield's technology jokes is that they always make sense, don't seem like they're written by someone out of touch with daily communications technology, and aren't about old people's inability to integrate electronics into their lives. It's almost like Jim Davis knows what it's like to sit for hours, staring bug-eyed at a Mac screen... writing about... Garfield... every day.
Burning, Itching Question
How did Jon achieve the position of his left arm, keyboard and mouse in panel one? I tried to duplicate this scene for five minutes, with no success, even excusing the misplaced mouse port as artistic license. Now I won't be able to sleep.