This is probably one of my more “traditional” comic gags.  I don’t usually set up simple gags like this.  I wish I did, but I don’t.  Most of the time, my gags are more story based and have a little more character development- which in the comic strip world spells overly wordy and crowded panels!  BUT, this one, is structured like a Hagar the Horrible gag; which is nice and simple.  The gag itself came to me when I thought about how we, as parents, punish our kids today as opposed to how we were punished when we were kids.   I like that Melody also gets to be more the star in this one.  I can’t be the first one to come up with this gag though.  I’m sure I subliminally stole it from Hagar the Horrible.