purse snatch

This is a good example of a silly Ernie Bushmiller Nancy-style gag transposed into an Underworld setting. Of course a tough guy like Underworld’s Sam Snuff throwing away the contents of a stolen purse only to proudly wear the stylish purse prancing down a sidewalk makes no sense — but it made me laugh so I did it. This could add depth to the character for future comic strips. Maybe Sam Snuff has a hidden and shameful love of fashion that can only be satisfied through crime. In this strip Snuff snatches the purse from Mother Maw, a character that has played his mother in past comics strips. This adds a whole new dimension to the act (i.e. did he always covet the purse?, is he doing a parody of his mom in the last panel?). Note that Creep Rat does a puff-of-smoke springing-in-the-air Mutt and Jeff reaction shot in the last panel.



Nuzzle returns with his first 4-panel comic strip in a long time. There’s no reason for Nuzzle to ever straighten out his life as long as there’s laugh to be had. Nuzzle is probably my most consistently irresponsible character. It’s really bad that I make jokes about a heroin junkie – but in Underworld anything

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Underworld Morning

Here’s a classic-style 4-panel Underworld strip starring Snuff and Creep Rat. A completely silly and magical situation that’s a little rude the way I like it. This would work great animated – hell, it could even be done live action. If Buster Keaton had worked blue, and I was gag writing for him, I would

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