1. The Obviously Bad Idea – when I immediately realize how awful it is, seconds after sketching it out.
2. The Bad Idea Disguised as a Good Idea – when I sketch something and like it a lot, but then later realize (usually after the caffeine wears off) that it’s totally lame.
3. The Bad Idea That I Still Kind of Like – puns, offensive material and obvious, clichéd jokes fall into this category. These are the ideas that are essentially bad but there’s something about them that I can’t help but like.
The other day I sketched something that fell squarely into Category 3. Initially I thought it was funny but later I had this nagging feeling that it wasn’t all that good. I was on the fence about it, so I did what I usually do when I’m in doubt about a sketch: I showed it to my wife Katrina. (Here it is, in all its crappy glory)
“So…you don’t like it.” I said.
“I hate jokes about women’s periods. HATE them.”
“But see, they’re robots and she’s asking—”
“I get it, but it's dumb. Sorry.”
A few seconds of silence.
“You shouldn’t do jokes about women’s periods,” she said. “Not a good idea.”
I agree that, generally speaking, it’s a bad idea for guys to make jokes about women’s periods. But I see this more as relationship humor. You know, even robot husbands sometimes have to buy feminine products for their wives. They’re just like us!
Is it funny now? No?