At a time when newspapers around the country are cutting back, or even shutting down altogether (R.I.P. Seattle Post-Intelligencier) many of them continue to purchase newsprint and use it for this: annnnddd, pause for laughter. . . . . . . .
Hold for applause. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .
Are you done laughing yet? Good, because I am going to reveal to you the secret of writing your own "One Big Happy" strip.
Just follow this simple template:
have the little girl mis-understand some common expression:
Or, just copy a page from “The Big Book of Cornball Jokes that were Old When Your Grandfather Told Them” and add cheesy, cloying illustrations:
Oh, the hours of fun and profit you'll make from this hackery!
But don't forget to offend an ethnic group if you can.
I believe the theme of that strip was: Italians, sure they're loud and inconsiderate, but once you get to know them, they're fun to dance with!
And now, the crowning acheivement (experienced hacks only) combine an offensive stereotype with an innocent misunderstanding for comedy GOLD!
See, it's funny because Italian men are so lecherous and horny that they think every woman they see (including, apparently, elementary school girls) is Bellissima! Ouch! My gut just busted! It busted from laughing so hard!