Are you kidding? These are cartoonists.
Eating, sleeping, raising children and making money: It's the human experience. Everybody can identify with it.
How could he not? ... Look at his head: He's got all that hair sticking out. My dad realized he had certain intrinsic qualities, his hair, his eating habits. A lot of funny idiosyncrasies.
I think the durability of Blondie has to do with three things
Then the Depression came along, and rich playboys and flappers weren't funny anymore
Wealthy playboys and flappers just weren't funny anymore, ... So (dad) got them married, and (Dagwood) was disowned by his millionaire daddy. When they got into the kitchen and started having kids, it took off like a rocket.
God bless my daddy, ... He was the genius who created this wonderful menagerie of characters. A monkey could do my job with the characters I have to work with. He left me this cast of characters and this dominant gene.
[Was it hard to turn the Bumsteads into a dual-career family?] I debated a long time before I did it, ... I wasn't sure what business I wanted Blondie to go into. Catering was perfect. The eating business was real close to home.
[Some things haven't changed. Dagwood's unspoken motto remains: When in doubt, take a nap.] That's still his favorite sport, ... He loves napping and eating. He has a black belt in buffets. And he still can't get that raise from his boss. All those things are constants.
There's going to be this juxtaposition of the comic strip characters you're never going to see again
?I was satisfied with haiku until I met you, jar of octopus, cuckoo's cry, 5-7-5, but now I want a russian novel, a 50-page description of you sleeping, another 75 of what you think staring at your window.
You bend the nailBut keep hammering becauseHammering makes the world
You start with a darkness to move throughbut sometimes the darkness moves through you.