The CPO training continues, and Kurt is trying to explain the reason for Thomas having car sickness. Thomas, however, is clueless. This is the obvious reason why Kurt is sitting on the other side of the bus.
This particular strip has quotes from two books that captured my interest during my high school years, and in many ways, compelled me to write humor based on philosophy. The first quote comes from the “Inferno” in Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, which Thomas has been reading since the beginning of this story. The second quote comes from Blaise Pascal’s “Pensees,”which translates in English as “Thoughts.” One might say the takeaway from this is how we acquire so many truths from experience, and yet we don’t seem to change. Dante writes about how the wise view the loss of time in the 14th Century and Blaise Pascal in the 17th century writes about the vanity of youth. And here I am writing words through Kurt’s thought balloon that jokingly jab, but also tie the two together. This comic proves two points about Kurt’s youthful existence: He is “very vain himself,” and also wise, in that he is annoyed about the loss of time. It also shows that even though he may be conflicted, he has some understanding of God. Interestingly enough, after writing this cartoon, I realized the quote from Pascal is from the section called, “The Misery of Man Without God.” How’s that for a philosopher comic?
These two comic strips are some of the newest editions to the story “CPO certification.” Well over two months ago, these three characters, Thomas, Jonathan and Kurt were waiting for the bus to arrive; now they are finally getting on the bus! Wouldn’t it be great if time moved this slow? Still, I have to admit, I wish I could turn these out a bit faster as school takes precedence over much of my creating process currently.
CPO is the abbreviated term for Certified pool/spa operator, which I received earlier this year. Many things happened that day that compelled me to write about it. In reality, my supervisor gave me a city vehicle so I could drive myself to the site. For the comic strip adaptation, I wanted more shenanigans and crazy dialogue to take place, so I added more characters to the mix to banter off of each other. As it turns out, quite a lot of this is fabricated so don’t look at this particular story as an average company outing for any certification. Three things I can tell you for sure; I don’t get carsick and the brakes were fine, however I did listen to some hair metal on the trip down, but limited it because it does make me speed.
Dry jokes never get old. My architecture instructor wanted me to draw this cartoon. It was an old military joke that always made his father laugh. I felt that my other cartoon series, “Ivan the Terrible”, which I do every now and then, was the best way to portray this joke. The neighborhood setting with the other kids sort of brings out that inner child. After all, my brother and I used to play military war games in our yard and I bet some of you did too.
When I presented the cartoon to my instructor, he said he was going to have it framed. Had I known he wanted to hang it, I would have put it on something better than copy paper. Yeah, I have a really bad habit of doing this. I told him I could put it on higher quality paper. ”You do that, and I’ll pay you for it,” he replied. So I am now officially working on a commission for my teacher. Is this a conflict of interest? It could be, so I’ll wait until finals are over to complete it. That way I can’t flunk if he really hates the final product! And I guess I’ll be finding more opportunities to do my cartooning while in school.
Ian Johnson was born with a crazy cartoon character perspective on the real world. “Suits and Guarders” is loosely based on his life as a lifeguard and swim instructor at a local pool. Any resemblance of characters in this work to persons, drawn or imagined, is purely coincidental.