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Rat Retrospective: Honorable Mentions

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

OK, I said I was going to go through my favorite 10 strips over the next ten days and I’ve already changed my mind. Let’s bust out two a day, so the last Rat Tangent posts next Wednesday. I’ve always been a stickler for not missing a post… why start now?

The mathematically inclined among you will notice that leaves an extra day, so I guess I can tell you about a few strips that almost made the cut. Believe me… I wanted to put about 20 strips here, but I’ve narrowed it to just three worth a tip of the hat…

Honorable Mention #1:

September 26th, 2007 – “Epiphany-esque”

My first “Sunday Format” six-panel strip deserves some notice. Though certainly not the best I did, I think it was artistically ambitious. Dalton cemented his role as the conscience of the strip and occasional ranter-in-residence.  I cemented my role as a writer who sometimes cannot resist saying in 20 words what someone else could say in 5.

Honorable Mention #2:

October 10th, 2007 – “At Least It Wasn’t Prince Valiant”

Not my best artistically, but I loved how Dalton broke the 4th wall and examined his surroundings, as if really on the funny pages. I also started to realize that a good comic title could serve as a set-up/second punch line. This is also the only strip for which I wrote a second dialogue.  It ended up on a Zazzle mug.

Honorable Mention #3:

October 24th, 2007 – “Alma Matters”

October of 2007 must have been a good month for me. Just two weeks later I referenced Cal the Fightin’ Calorimeter, who would become a regular character. Lab Rats had always intended to be science heavy.  It didn’t quite happen as much as I thought (hence the new strip title, Rat TANGENT), but I hope the strip remained intelligent, even if it wasn’t always about science.

So which strips made my top ten?  Tune in tomorrow for #9 and #10!

Rat Retrospective: #9 & #10

Friday, February 4th, 2011

I originally intended Rat Tangent to be removed from current events, but eventually I had to wade into a couple brawls. We took on the the ’08 elections, changes in the media, big oil and health care. I think these two strips were funny without being too preachy. I mean, really… what do I know?

Rat Tangent’s Top Ten… #10:

August 25th, 2010 – “Darth Provider”

The most recently posted strip in the top ten, squeaks in at #10. It was quite a challenge trying to cover most of the big points of net neutrality in a three panel comic. Somewhere out there, some activist has this comic pinned on their cubical wall. I just know it.

Rat Tangent’s Top Ten… #9:

October 28th, 2009 – “Night of the Living Brain-Dead”

Halloween strips were always some of my favorite to draw, so I am glad one of those made it into the best of the best. Again, I got my rant on here. I still think a rambling tirade can clever and almost poetic if the right words are chosen (ala Dennis Miller, for example). I hope the audience didn’t mind indulging my occasional editorial venting.