When I read a cartoon that I find funny, I usually smile. Sometimes it's an inside smile and sometimes it's a visible grin. My cartooning girlfriend, Stephanie Piro, made me laugh out loud...three times...when I read this strip. I love the way she used an actual nib pen within the strip...even though neither the cartoonist or the cartoon spoke directly to the audience, it still adds that dimension of breaking the fourth wall. The faces of the cartoon woman are incredibly expressive...you can just feel the shock in the first image and see (and hear) the pique in the second image. I think I got an extra little kick out of this because there's also an element of the inside joke for me. Not that there's actually another gag that only people who are cartoonists will get but that I can identify with that unique relationship a strip cartoonist has with the inky world they create. It struck me as funny to see that world talk back, exasperated at the control we have over their lives.
Stephanie has a very loose style. I've seen her draw her cartoons...a drawing board on her lap and a pen in her hand and away she goes. No pencils. I was agog. Simple, flowing, minimalist lines that demonstrate expression, feeling, movement and nuance. That's a real talent.
Stephanie Piro is the Saturday cartoonist for the syndicated comic strip "Six Chix". She also creates the panel "Fair Game" and has illustrated and written so many cartoons books, I can't even begin to mention them all here.