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A [beautiful] comic strip appearing single-paned [black and white] during the week and multi-paned [color] on Sunday. Authored by [Wiley Miller]. The current strip as well as [archives] can be found at the site's home page, www.non-sequitur.com/.

Non Sequitur is, in my opinion, extremely witty, intelligent, and pleasurable to read. It deals with a variety of things, but focuses on politics and "[the new economy]." The only recurring character (besides [Homer], whom I'll discuss in a second) is "[Obviousman]," a take-off on [Superman], who appears in situations that are in desperate need of [logical correction]. He wears a cape and a shirt that has the word "duh" with a slash through it (ie. "[no duh]"), and though he is introduced to the situation with great force and mightiness, by the end of the strip it usually becomes apparent that his efforts to introduce logical thinking to the situation are to no avail, at which point he recedes into a [cynical] businessman type who people call "O-Man".

[Homer: The Reluctant Soul] was sort of an alternate [comic] that would appear in place of Non-Sequitur on Sundays in 1996 and 1997. It told the story of an [angel], Homer, who would was repeatedly put on Earth in various [situations], most of them unfortunate in one way or another. From being born in a [bear cave] to [Medieval Europe] to a life of [politics], Homer saw quite a lot. From what I can tell, though I wasn't following it too closely at the time, [Wiley] first decided to move Homer into a comic strip of its own, but it wasn't in high enough demand to get press [syndication]. So he decided to try an [online] version, with subscriber fees of $2 a month, but he only got 1,200 subscriptions, not enough to warrant the amount of effort it would take. So he's now working on a series of Homer [books] instead.

Besides being witty, Non-Sequitur is [gorgeous] visually. The daily strips are usually drawn isometrically, and make beautiful use of [shading]. The Sundays are even more [appealing], Wiley makes excellent use of color, unlike most comic strips which seem [shallow] or [blocky]. The expressions he paints on peoples faces are great, too.

The strips "[mascot]s," if you'd call them that, are the [hummingbird-penguin] and the [pencil-headed hatchling], names I just invented to describe wonderfully [ironic] beings of his own creation. Visit the website, and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Puts [stupid] and [annoying] comic strips like "[The Family Circus]" to shame.

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