Non Sequitur (English Comic Strips)

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Wiley Miller, "Non Sequitur", | 1992-1993-1994-1995 Years | GIF | ~84 Mb | 1412 Images

Non Sequitur has undergone many changes through its history. Originally, the comic was a single panel gag cartoon. It grew more political in tone during the 1990s, to the point where it often became a borderline editorial cartoon. Today the comic has become more traditional, with a multi-panel format and recurring characters. The single panel gag format is still occasionally used, however.

Wiley Miller created Non Sequitur with a theme of, um, well, no theme. The title gives away the secret of the strip – according to the Gage Dictionary the definition of non sequitur is “a statement or reply that has no direct relationship with what has just been said.” Miller noted, “That’s the whole point of Non Sequitur … Today’s cartoon has nothing to do with tomorrow’s.

This hugely popular cartoon is chock-full of witty observations on life's idiosyncrasies. Each strip or panel stands on its own individual merits. Strips do not follow in a sequence and are not related. Non Sequitur's characters are not central to the plot; the humor is.

Wiley gets ideas for Non Sequitur everywhere he goes. Readers can usually tell when he has (a) stayed in a hotel, (b) dealt with a lawyer or accountant, (c) shoveled snow, (d) visited a big city. "Humor knows no bounds, and neither do my cartoons," he says. Above all else, Wiley considers the writing the most important part of a cartoon: "We are conveying a thought, giving a perception. We are making a comment, not necessarily a big comment on a big issue -- but an observation. Cartoonists are essentially columnists; we perform exactly the same function, we just work in a different format."

Cartoon above has been published on 01/06/2006.