Updated on 16 October, 2021
Non Sequitur Comic Strip is a comic strip drawn by Wiley Miller for the newspaper comics section called The New York Times. The strip is full of ridiculous situations and humorous illustrations that make it a favorite among fans of both comic books and humor. Non Sequitur was the first comic strip to be launched by the newspaper. It has been in the news since the launch and has become a well known icon in both the United States and Canada. Miller has said that he enjoys drawing cartoons for various publications and enjoys giving non-sequiturs a "home on the weekends."
Non Sequitur Comic Strip is famous for its use of absurd events, oddball characters and absurd situations in everyday life. The strip has featured various unlikely but interesting couples such as the Red Baron and the Red Room maid, the hapless butler and the beautiful but secret agent. In particular, the Red Baron's attempts to win the affections of the beautiful blonde, April O'Neil, and the Red Room maid, Hazel, have always been funny and the themes are similar to those found in many of today's comics. The series was especially successful due to the consistent theme of ridiculous adventures involving various recurring characters. Many of the comic strips involved various characters that Miller had previously created in other books such as The Great Comic Book Hero, The Mystery Case Files, or the Darkeous Deucecrack and the Amazing Spider-Man Family, or had appeared in one of his earlier Sunday strips, such as the Saturday Night Live Christmas Special.
The non Sequitur Comic Strip series is still drawing millions of readers who enjoy its whimsical humor and superb artwork. A new book entitled, "The Non Sequitur Book," will be released by IDW Publishing in 2021. The book will feature various different characters from the strip along with brand new ones drawn from the famous Saturday Night Live artist, Rob Liefeld. The book will include the complete run of the comic strip as well as short, one-shot comic strips featuring guest stars from the strip.
Although Miller's Saturday Night Live cartoons and characters are now all over the world, the appeal of the strip goes back even before the creation of the show. The early years of the show featured musical guest stars from bands like King Curtis, Smokey Robinson, Boz Scaggs, and the Isley Brothers. The comic strip featured a variety of comic book heroes that often featured super powers such as flying, telekinesis, or super strength. The Non Sequitur Comic Strip had a great deal of charm and was highly popular with readers. When Liefeld took over the strip in the late eighties, the appeal of the comic took a more topical and adult tone, soon becoming known as the "Liefeld Comics."
One of the most interesting features of the non sequitur comic strip is the way it evolves. The strip first became popular when it featured a profane guest star in each week's strip. Usually the character would be a crude or offensive caricature of a public figure, most commonly a sexual offender. The writer or artist would draw a crude picture of the guest in a suggestive or erotic pose, and submit it to Liefeld. Once he had approved the piece, the artist could then go on to create an entire storyline centered around the original cartoon character. The resulting work was always fascinating to readers.
Liefeld finally went on to create a full length feature film adaptation of the Non Sequitur Comic Strip, which starred Meryl Streep, James Belushi, and Dan Aykroyd. Much like the early appearances of the strip, the movie veered far away from the comic premise. Instead of merely being a comedic production, the movie became one that took on much more meaning for its viewers. The movie chronicled the story of a married couple who lives much too close to each other, as their house is next door to a man that has just committed suicide. The comedy was that the house next door to the suicide prone man often played a much like a brothel. The comedy came from the fact that Streep's character would often attempt to seduce her husband, much like a female version of a stag do.
While many critics criticized the film for being far too mainstream, it did receive warm notes from several publications. Many of the critics noted that Streep's portrayal of a married woman attempting to seduce her husband while pretending to be interested in him proved quite adept at playing a character that was far more believable than Meryl Streep's prior attempts. The movie even received multiple print reviews, much to the surprise of Streep, who had never before attempted a comic book adaptation. The reviews also noted that Meryl Streep seemed to have a natural ability to play the role of a wife that would eventually save her marriage, which is something that has become quite common in recent years. Her performance was widely praised and many critics believed that it was one of the strongest performances of her career.
The Non Sequitur Comic Strip show lasted four seasons, so it was able to successfully transition into a long running cartoon series that was very popular for several years. While it was not exactly a success, it was a definite success overall, especially considering that it lasted for four full seasons, making it the second longest running animated sitcom of all time. The Non Sequitur Comic Strip became a staple of syndication and while the show did experience a low point, it has consistently ranked high in the ratings of both television and the net. The Non Sequitur Comic Strip is currently available on DVD and can be purchased online. It should be noted that the DVD contains a great deal of bonus footage that was not shown on the television series.