Clarence has to go!

Trying to come up with jokes can be hard. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Our writing process is basically Mike and I trying to one up each other until we’re both happy enough with the result.

And then, sometimes, after we’ve published a strip, we come up with a better idea or punchline, or somebody else takes a shot at it in the comment section or on Facebook and is just way funnier than the original strip. One one hand I love it, because it makes me laugh, on the other hand, it bugs me, because I think “why didn’t I/we come up with that!”.

This whole emotional support sheep series is a case like that. We named the sheep Clarence, but didn’t make a “clearance” related joke. And today, I wrote the headline “Clarence has to go” and thought of all the possibilities that that line would offer … But anyway, hope you can enjoy today’s serving nonetheless!

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8 comments on “Clarence has to go!
  1. Bernd says:

    Despite what others have said Clarence is clearly a male name, but whatever.

    Totally unrelated, this cropped up on reddit the other day:

    Is that you, Mike?

  2. stef says:

    I saw that too! Nice shot! But no, it’s not Mike, he flies Chinooks now.

  3. Fbs says:

    Just spoiling : I guess Julio needs support from a big wolf…

  4. Moose says:

    Clarence is the one who’s going to need emotional support after a couple of Chuck’s “landings”…

  5. Speedsix says:

    I vote for a vulture as a support animal for Julio. If you are working at Roost Air, you need a support animal which a) scares away any unwelcome visitors in your workshop, b) can fly and c) has the sense of humor you need in this job.

  6. Jan Olieslagers says:

    @Bernd: you must be right, “Clarence” really seems to be a male given name. JLS has been learning again, thanks!

  7. Quill says:

    All the talks of “Clarence” being a male name – note that Chuck, who presumably named said sheep, is totally surprised when Sally, who we can assume probably knows more about sheep then Chuck (I think it’s safe to assume that everyone knows more about everything than Chuck except Top Gun quotes) mentions that she is female. Thus this male name was given to a sheep that Chuck wrongly assumed was male. A mistake on Chuck’s part, not the cartoonist’s.

  8. Kopets says:

    In aviation they like acronyms, eh? Why not to call the emotinal sheep- BBQ ? 🙂

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