I hope this strip inspires you to go and play with your pets today instead of, you know, vidya games. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one.

This is possibly the most depressing strip I’ve ever written (least funny is debatable) and I was really proud of it until Michael Bowman (of Raj and Boris) pointed out that it had some striking similarities to the old commercial for Hey You, Pikachu! As I have never seen the commercial, I can’t be sure just how similar it is. After much hesitation and deliberation, I decided to go ahead with it anyhow. Michael did offer some helpful tips to avoid any problems though. For example, He proposed that the first panel read “This new Phantom Hourglass game sure is the bomb!”, and then replace the text in the second bubble with “I think I’ll vote republican this year!” or something similar.

I may make this Sad Dog a recurring character. I’m not sure what exactly I’d do with him, but I’d like to draw him again.