Updated on 16 October, 2021
Non Sequitur Comic strip is the brainchild of Wiley Miller. He has created many popular characters such as the Powerpuff Girls. The non-sequitur style character has become a hit with young readers. Non Sequitur Comic strip has five panels containing five words per panel. Each panel has a different word to describe the subject. It can be funny, serious, sad, or anything in between.
Non Sequitur Comic strip is made popular by Wiley Miller, who wrote and drew the strip. It was first published in February of 1992 and syndicated by Andrews McMeel Syndication. It has been reprinted on many different web sites and is widely distributed through email. It has been featured in many popular comics including New York Times Best Sellers.
One of the most interesting things you will find in the Non Sequitur Comic strip is the dialogues between the main characters. Two of the five panels contain a conversation between a boy and his friend, named Poo. In one panel the boy apologizing for saying something vulgar, and in the next panel he apologizes after having said sorry, but with a difference in his tone.
As you read throughout the strips you will see a man named Homer Simpson making pronouncements similar to the Non Sequitur Comic's Homer Simpson. The strip became very popular with elementary school age children and many elementary school teachers began placing the comic in their classrooms. It was so successful that other cartoonists have attempted similar types of cartoons involving their characters.
Another interesting aspect of the Non Sequitur Comic strip is how many times it gets updated. The newspaper is printed twice a week and on alternate days. Because of this, there are two strips in one week. The first strip in the morning is usually put into the paper before the regular newspaper arrives. This allows the cartoonist to have an entire week to build up anticipation and interest in the second strip, which always appears in the evening.
The second strip always appears on the same day as the first, but arrives after a short notice period. For example, if the second strip arrived on Monday morning, and the first strip was published the previous night, Monday night would be skipped. A cartoonist who was famous for her multiple newspaper strip appearances would always do the second one the next day after her other strips had come and gone. In fact, many newspaper cartoonists have created collections of their most famous works, and feature them in a special Non Sequitur Comic book. A few of these books can even be collected in a single volume.
Another method used was to have a small section of a newspaper devoted only to a single strip. This strip could have a hidden message for casual readers, or it could be a message for readers who were more sophisticated. Some comic books featured a small panel inside, which contained a tiny graphic with a vague hint of a story. When the reader finished reading the strip, a brief, but detailed message was revealed.
As well as a non sequitur comic, there was also the Easter Egg. This was a strip that appeared occasionally, usually around the start of a holiday. For example, every Easter there was usually a comic book dedicated to one of the main characters. In modern times, this has mostly died out, but some artists still keep a collection of Easter eggs somewhere in their studios.
Then there was the Andrew Shaw who created the Graphic Advertising Appreciation Society. This society was a joint effort between him and other artists from different areas, each contributing something a little different. The society would send posters out to people on Monday's to advertise things they had seen in the week. It was a wonderful way to get the word out and raise awareness of great works of art. However, when it came to Non Sequitur Comic strips it became obvious to many that the editor didn't have a clue what he was doing.
One such example was when Non Sequitur Comic #1 had a comic panel containing two people kissing in the background, with the text underneath reading "This happened in my subconscious mind." Well, the fact is that the panel wasn't in the original draft of the comic, which had the kissing couple in the foreground. So in order for Shaw to draw attention to it, he erased the offending panel and started again. Needless to say, by the time he got around to drawing another comic panel it said, "Kiss!"
In one issue of Non Sequitur Comic, Mr. Shaw decided to draw the Non Sequitur Comic strip about Olive Oil. What an absolute disaster, this guy is a god send to just about any aspiring artist. He is a master at drawing people making them look like celebrities. In this issue, Olive Oil tries to get famous by getting signed to a record label. The irony of this strip is that Olive Oil is a character from the original non sequitur comic strip.