A Word From One of the Creators
From the desk of Eric Ratcliffe
Okay so I want to get this out of the way at the start of the commentary. Obviously this arc I wanted to land as close to Christmas as possible and next Wednesday is the 26th so that’s why this arc is here this week. That being said, that 4th panel is my new favorite thing that Jim has done. Comic me just looks so cool!
I’ve been tempted to bring Santa in for several years now. There was one idea that I was messing with that had Bill going all Tim Allen and accidentally hitting the big guy and having to fill in. I scrapped that around year 2 though. This idea slowly evolved from the “star of comic having to help save the day” bit of storytelling. I know it’s not the most original idea in the world but honestly? I wanted to write it and help return my own holiday spirit as much as possible. Heck, I have a Santa hat lying on top of my filing cabinet as we speak that I’ll be wearing Christmas eve/day.
I’m weird though as my favorite Christmas movies are things like Die Hard and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
No elves were harmed in the making of this arc (even if the little dummies lost all the reindeer, who does that?!) I may or may not reveal just how Eric landed on the naughty list one of these days. I know we’ve been throwing a lot of Star Wars related nods in the strip lately but I think I’ll blame some of that on wanting to see Jim draw the craziest stuff ever.
Friday…can Eric help save Christmas? And just what questions does he have for Santa? Find out in 2 days!