November 5th, 2013

Election Day

by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne

Every year Americans go to the polls to vote for the candidates of their choice.  The adult characters in Hi and Lois also have to decide how to cast their ballots.

In a syndicated comic strip, it can be risky to endorse a specific candidate or advocate a particular cause.  A large number of readers who disagree with that point of view might be alienated, so comic strip creators tend to remain neutral.

There is still humor to found in voting.  The following is a sampling of election-day strips from recent years.

In this episode, Chip is curious about who Hi is going to vote for.  He obviously has not made up his mind.

Hi and Lois daily strip, November 5, 1996 Hi and Lois daily strip, November 5, 1996.

Next-door neighbor Thirsty looks at his choice between candidates as a flip of the coin.

Hi and Lois daily strip, November 7, 2000. Hi and Lois daily strip, November 7, 2000.

Hi has to ask for Lois’ advice before casting his vote in the local elections.

Hi and Lois daily strip, November 8, 2005. Hi and Lois daily strip, November 8, 2005.

Walt Kelly launched the first “I Go Pogo” campaign in 1952 and we acknowledged the sixtieth anniversary of that historic event in this 2012 strip.

Hi and Lois daily strip, November 6, 2012. Hi and Lois daily strip, November 6, 2012.

There is more to elections than attack ads and contentious debates.  The democratic process also brings out more amusing aspects of human nature.

We hope you have enjoyed these election-day strips.  Don’t forget to exercise your civic duty and vote!

– Brian Walker

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