Mr. Brennan, of no relation to our friendly neighborhood Brennen, is actually quite an old character design. He first appeared back in the summer of 2009. When I drew him in today's strip, I was too lazy to go look at his original appearance, so I kind of just winged it, and now he doesn't really look the same at all despite having the same frustrated demeanor. You also get a little look at how Tony looked four years ago! Oh, that old panel brings back so many memories. I want to tell you guys all about the perplexingly particular yet unhelpful methods I used to draw back then- for instance, all hair needed to be inked with the .25 mm pen, no matter how close the subject was to the frame. Why? Because it was hair! And hair is thin, doncha know!
Anyway, the first person to correctly identify the theme in this strip's blatantly copied movie posters wins the prize of me smiling when I read the comment.
I spent a little bit of time looking for the movies on Google and Wikipedia, but ya got me stumped.
@LibertyCabbage: As my sole respondant, you are the winner by default anyway!
The movies from left to right are Blazzing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein. The answer I was looking for was "Mel Brooks films," though other acceptable answers include "Gene Wilder movies" and "DVDs within fifteen feet of the drawing table."
See, I got hung up thinking they'd be silent movies from way back when. I was looking into all these really obscure movies, when, the whole time, it was actually well-known ones. Derp.
@LibertyCabbage: LOL. I don't blame you. If I was a normal person doing a chronistically correct historical comic I would have probably done that.
I caught Blazing Saddles, but I missed the other two.
I need to watch Mel Brooks movies more often.
@The_Hankerchief: Same. I own so many of them but rarely ever watch them.
Blazing Saddles! :D
And gosh, Mr. Brennan invokes the loo-cleaning duty, does he have a military background?
@Oly-RRR: Good question! I think in Brennan's case he's just a devoted hardass with a really strong work ethic. You got me thinking about it though, and let's say that he's somewhere in his 50s here at this time. He would have been in his 30s during the Spanish-American war, but that was pretty brief and didn't call for a draft. And he would have been born right at the tail end of the Civil War, so he managed to come of age during a fairly safe margin of time for people who wanted to avoid military service.
@mitchellbravo: Ooh, interesting! And yeah, some people are just hardasses by nature!