Now my fellow 'Racers may argue that this meager diagram can't count as my monthly comic contribution. I agree, but I want to point out that this image, in its own little way, is the epitome of a good cartoon.
Now I'm not arguing that this IS a great cartoon. You either like it or you don't. But as someone who writes and edits for a living, I make use of a lot of charts and diagrams specifically because they can impart a great deal of information very quickly and easily. And as cliche as it may sound, a picture is not only worth quite a few words, it sometimes does the job better because you get everything you need to know in an immediate holistic way that sentences simply can't convey.
One of my struggles as a cartoonist is figuring out how much information is necessary to get a point across. Typically, I start with too many words and image details; and I keep stripping it down until I feel like the cartoon can't lose anymore and still be clear. (And then Mark tells me to take out even more).
So I really appreciate an idea expressed simply.
(By the way, I cut out a lot of detail in this one, too. I had more year markers, and more intricate labels, and more text, and....)