Timeline – 2002 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, January 13, 2002.

People often ask cartoonists where they get their ideas. Sometimes for Hi and Lois I look at advice books for parents. That’s where I got the idea for the Sunday page above.

There are many lists of phrases that mothers frequently say. Here is one I found on the Internet.
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Timeline – 1967 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 16, 1967.

“Where do you get your ideas?” is the question that readers most often ask cartoonists. There is no simple answer.

Mort Walker, in the 1986 book, The Best of Hi and Lois, provided some insights into his process. “The main ingredient in humor is the revelation of human nature – it’s frailties, its reasoning power – and the interrelationships between characters,” Mort explained. “Mostly what we do in Hi and Lois is focus on the conflicts between different family members due to their age differences. You get a lot of gags out of the way people reason and do things. It’s human nature you’re after.”
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