I really enjoyed the work of Gary Larson’s “Far Side™” in my undergraduate years as a biology major at UC Riverside. Many of his cartoons dealt with biology and entomology. Larson’s cartoons had a certain appeal to them: they were funny to the “average Joe,” but they were even funnier to the educated in that field. During an entomology course, I collected his insect-related cartoons. His jokes were a reward for all the knowledge that I had so diligently, and sometimes painstakingly, learned. Unfortunately, Larson’s panels lacked in the human anatomy/health professional field. This was one of my inspirations for creating a comic that could take on this roll. Vert seemed to be the appropriate character for this challenge.
My cartoons share as similar quality to Larson’s: He takes everyday situations/occurrences and asks himself, “What it would be like from a _______’s perspective?” For me, I am trying to see the world from the point of view of a “bone” — a spine — something that we as chiropractors have build a profession around. Why not hear what it has to say?