Timeline – 1999 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, December 5, 1999.

Ideas for gags come from some of the most unexpected places.

In 1999, when the Sunday page above was written, there was a big controversy in New York City.  It was set off by The Holy Virgin Mary (seen below) a painting created by Chris Ofili in 1996.This large composition, eight feet by six feet, depicts a black woman as the Virgin Mary in mixed media, including oil paint, resin, glitter, collage and elephant dung.

Timeline – 1999 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, April 18, 1999.

This gag would not have worked as a black-and-white daily strip.  The full color palette of the Sunday funnies helps to simulate blue skies, white clouds, yellow sun, green grass, pink, rose, violet and lavender flowers, a robin red breast and a bluebird. It’s all in the pixels.

Timeline – 1997 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page December 28, 1997.

The last Sunday page of the year presents an opportunity to review the events of the previous twelve months.  In the episode above Hi and Lois are looking back at recent milestones in the life of the family.

Of course, since the characters don’t age, many of these accomplishments will be repeated year after year.  Chip’s band will get another “first gig,” Ditto will be a baseball hero again, Dot always gets straight As and Trixie will relearn how to talk.