Well, surprisingly enough Trey Taurus came through for most of the
staff at the Hobarken Herald! Maybe Mary’s alliance with evil is paying
off? They’re like Stalin and Churchill or Stalin and… Well, any alliance
with Stalin is an alliance with evil since he was pretty evil.
I should also mention that out of all the strips in which I had no
idea what I was talking about, this is perhaps the one in which I felt
the most of out of my depth. I know what you’re going to say. “What!?
You’ve never been on trial or to prison before? That’s surprising.”
That’s what they say to me at my work all the time…for some reason.
However, it’s true. I had to make up most of what happened in this strip
because I’ve never been on trial for espionage. So, I thought I’d
preempt any “Oh Actually” comments by addressing a couple of things
which you may find are hampering your suspension of disbelief.
If there are any lawyers who are reading this, please forgive the
invention from whole cloth of the particular circumstances of this bail
hearing. Also, don’t you have a brief or something to prepare instead of
reading webcomics all day? These aren’t billable hours, buddy! I doubt
there are hearings about bail in espionage cases (for obvious reasons).
Since the circumstances are very specific, I’m also sure the language
used by the lawyer and judge would be different. Finally, since I’ve
seen a lot of Judge Judy, I know that every judge berates
someone during trials. Let’s pretend that the scene in which the judge
tears into Joe Flaco will be included in the deleted scenes.
The Prison Attire
It’s a fact that black and white striped prison outfits are much
funnier than the actual outfits you see at real trials. I
focused-grouped that, so I refuse to apologize for that fictional
indulgence. Now, I have to admit that this was not the most diverse or
targeted focus group since it consisted of me, and me looking back in
the mirror and smiling. Regardless, we’re both really enthusiastic about the comic.
However, my girlfriend noted, much to my chagrin “Joe looks pretty
good in his prison outfit.” She also remarked that the prison clothes
are surprisingly fitted. Now I would argue that baggy clothing looks
dumpy in a drawing, but then I angrily remarked back, “They have many
different sizes, damn it.” I actually don’t know that though. Maybe
prison outfits are just like free t-shirts you get at work: they just
buy men’s extra-larges because it’s cheaper.
Anyway, if there are any other elements from the strip that seem
inaccurate or hard to believe, try to remember that there’s a talking
dog running a newspaper in this comic.
Trivia: Joe only spent a few days in jail, but he
got three prison tattoos and joined the Latin Kings. Some may consider
this an overreaction.