Comic Timing Coincidence?
July 2, 2008 8:33 AM Subscribe
Recently I keep thinking that there is some sort of mild conspiracy going on between print comic strip artists. One day, three strips will have a gag involving a scarecrow. The next day, two or three other strips will have a joke about stop signs. The day after that, several comics will be about a wheelbarrow, or the moon, or some same-themed idea. Is this coincidence?
Sometimes it is shared among single-panel comics, and sometimes the idea is spread over the regular 4-panel strips as well. Since comic strips are drawn well in advance, it seems to me that there must be some sort of agreement (or mild-mannered conspiracy, if you will) about 'what to draw' for a certain day. Does anybody know anything about how this is accomplished? A yearly meeting of comic strip artists where this agenda is set? A website where they sign up for days involving ideas that they have already had? Or is it just statistically valid, although improbable, that a changing but certain number of strips will feature the same joke on the same day?