Why We’ll Never Understand Each Other
A Non-Sequitur Look at Relationships
By Wiley Miller
The only cartoon to win top awards in both the comic strip and comic panel categories from the National Cartoonists Society, Non Sequitur is also the only one to win in its first year of syndication. Non Sequitur has been entertaining fans for more than a decade, with its Twilight Zone of cartoon moments. Day after day, Non Sequitur hilariously jabs at the feats and foibles of life, skewering everyone from politicians to teenagers. Wiley’s irreverent, satirical wit, combined with his superbly crafted illustrations, confirms that the universe is one big joke at humanity’s expense.
That said, some of Non Sequitur’s most popular panels have been the ones where Wiley has offered his takes on "What he heard/what she said." In strip after strip, the cartoonist succinctly captures the absurd and unexpected miscommunications that lie at the heart of every relationship. For example:
* What he heard: "Let’s go drain the life force from your body." What she said: "Let’s go shopping."
* What he heard: "Honey, why don’t you put your head in a vise and I’ll turn the handle until your skull explodes." What she said: "Honey, why don’t we turn off the TV and just talk."
* What she heard: "Life as we know it will cease to exist unless you can alter the space-time continuum." What he said: "Honey, are you almost ready yet?"
Everyone who’s ever tried talking to anyone about anything will find Why We’ll Never Understand Each Other to be the perfect way to laugh about it all, and maybe-or maybe not-try again.
About the Author
Wiley Miller began his career as a political cartoonist in 1976, and his incisive drawings have won him several honors, including, in 1991, the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He moved to Iowa City, Iowa, in 1992 to devote his full-warped attention to Non Sequitur. Non Sequitur is the only cartoon to win National Cartoonists Society awards in both the comic strip and comic panel categories, and Wiley Miller is the only cartoonist to win a Reuben in his first year of syndication.
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