They say the roots of comedy are conflict. For example, a sales graph cartoon showing record profits isn’t nearly as funny as one where everything is going horribly wrong. But when it comes to firing one of my characters in a cartoon, even those that clearly deserve it, I find I have a soft spot.
I was laid off once, and while it inspired me to launch my cartooning career, it was truly an emotionally wrenching experience. So even while I’m poking fun, I tend to try to cushion the blow for my soon to be unemployed cast, as evidenced by the cartoon above.
True, being fictional they don’t have a lot to worry about, but I can’t help but let them down as easy as I can. I don’t think you ever forget the pain of an unexpected job loss.