August 5th, 2018
by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne
Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, April 18, 1999.
This gag would not have worked as a black-and-white daily strip. The full color palette of the Sunday funnies helps to simulate blue skies, white clouds, yellow sun, green grass, pink, rose, violet and lavender flowers, a robin red breast and a bluebird. It’s all in the pixels.
What a sweet episode! Trixie’s personality can deliver a gag like this. While Hi is immersed in reading his newspaper, Trixie is free-ranging around the backyard admiring the splendors of nature.
Every now and then, we like to insert an endorsement for the Sunday funnies in the strip. It’s a great American pastime that all of our readers can relate to.
I have a collection of drawings, paintings and photos of cartoon characters and real people reading the comics. I use these in books and articles about the history of the art form.
Here is one of my favorites of a kid enjoying his weekly Sunday section.
Next week we will feature another classic episode from 1999 in our Timeline series, so stay tooned.
– Brian Walker
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