Friday, April 28, 2006

Silent second panels

Two silent penultimate panels today:
Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

Drabble probably could have been excused. But, take out that middle panel, and you still have the same joke. Or, as Ugliness Man suggested to me, remove the first two, and it would work just as well as a single panel. Or, best yet, remove all three, and give us five inches of blank newspaper.

There are two silent second panels today with Non Sequitur and Candorville:

Really, these both work in the same way as an SPP. They're silent second panels that set up penultimate panel punchlines. The fourth panels are post-joke trail-offs. From what I've seen in commercials and sitcoms, post-joke trail offs are hot right now.


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