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.