Thank you, Proamericana, for the suggestion that I fill the silence of Thursdays with the now trope-y but totally workable THROWBACK THURSDAY!
This one is from 2012, back when Hubris was still gag-a-day, like so many comic strips are. There are a few comics featuring Hubris and Kara attending church or funerals. I can’t recall which early stage of development spawned this particular cartoon, but it was probably pretty late in the series of revisions for the syndicate. I was very lucky to have Amy Lago (first at United Media, then at Washington Post Writer’s Group) giving me advice about how to bring Hubris (originally called ‘Because It’s There’) up to scratch. One of the suggestions she made that I didn’t really care for, and didn’t do while I was still pestering her with new packages, ultimately resulted in both Lowell and Durnell- well after I’d turned the project into the webcomic you’re staring at now.
I wonder how Hubris would have done if I’d taken her advice, and taken the time to crank out a couple more packages, and gotten one of the syndicates to pick it up. It was late in the day as things were getting worse all the time for newspapers and syndicates, so I imagine it’d be… a lot like it is now, except I couldn’t have changed the format to the vertical form the way I did.