My question to Jim:: How the hell do you find the time???
Finding the time has been very difficult actually. Each strip is about 4 hours work, from planning what panels to use, to scanning, cropping and scaling panels and blanking the word balloons. Then I just write the strip on the fly in GIMP (I can't write it in advance as I can't make the words fit from a script). The hardest part is making the words fit, and making panels from different pages (and sometimes different issues) work together. I picked Norman this time as he has a wide range of comics to work from - like Max Lord last year.
The longest time however is the administration. Noting the votes, tracking the roster changes, calculating the results. Takes hours. Each week there's around 1000 individual votes cast, and with changes and people not voting clearly it's a lot of work. But the game is tremendous fun and alot of the owners also put in lots of time, so I'm not complaining. I am finding myself getting up 2 hours earlier on a Saturday to prepare the weeks matchups though.
I apologise for this but, in my head, I have long seen the Two Davids as a version of the Spitting Image Two Davids from the 80s, with Meadows as a more mellow, phlegmatic Owens and Chapman as a dyspeptic, bellicose, crotchety version of Steel, on a mix of speed and acid.
That's beautiful. Now I want to cast the board as Spitting Image versions of famous people.
: do you still prefer British food, or do you now prefer Asian food. What would your last meal be for example?