The title of this strip seems quite obvious considering the punchline, but what is probably less obvious is that this particular comic strip's origins were inspired by the Bob Dylan song of the same name.

I was listening to my iPod on shuffle when this song came up. Something about the driving rhythm caught my attention, there was a playful, yet somber tone that I rediscovered here at the right time and place.  I was particularly struck by the following selection of lyrics, which I found rather poignant in terms of the Checkered Man and where he's at now vs. where he began a year ago:

"Dignity" (select lyrics)
by Bob Dylan

Wise man lookin’ in a blade of grass
Young man lookin’ in the shadows that pass
Poor man lookin’ through painted glass
For dignity

"Dignity" was first released on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Volume 3 in 1994. It was recorded during the Oh Mercy studio sessions but didn't make it on to the album. Now, I'm not entirely sure how I went from a poignant, thoughtful song to a comic strip with a butt crack joke, but it happened--it can't un-happen--and I'd like to think Bobby D would be just fine with it.

Then again, maybe not. Either way, please enjoy a few work-in-progress snapshots of this particular comic strip below: