It was pointed out to me (after this one appeared in the paper) that her right hand is on back to front.
Is this a rare occurrence of bad anatomical rendering, or are there others lurking in the archives? You tell us. And before you ask, godzillas do have nostrils on the end of their . . . beak things.
This includes the international standard signifier of old people: high pants PW
I think this may have foxed a few people. It plays on the trope that if a chinese/indian restaurant is frequented by diners of same ethnic origin, the food is probably authentic. We struggled with it for a bit, because our original idea seemed to run the risk of appearing slightly racist. Somehow the flip-side, that if the diners weren't chinese then the food wouldn't be any good, seemed to avoid this mis-interpretation - but the joke may have been compromised slightly. Here's the original for comparison. We were probably being over-sensitive - hand-wringing Guardianistas that we are.
Cartoon jokes come in all varieties, and sometimes when coming up with ideas, we hit on one that feels like the style of joke a particular cartoonist would do - this idea is a little bit Charles Addams, that one has a bit of a Sempé vibe to it, etc.
I can't remember if we had that conversation when we came up with the idea for Harry, but it turns out it was more than a little bit Gary Larson.
We're huge Larson fans, and had we known he'd done a similar cartoon already we would have gone straight back to the drawing board, no question - there's no satisfacation in recyling an idea that's already been conceived. But this was a cartoon neither of us was aware of until someone tweeted it this morning with the suggestion that we'd ripped Larson off.
The great man's output was something like 5,500 cartoons, so I'm sure he'd understand that this one had slipped by the both of us!