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Candace 'n' Company
Candace 'n' Company

Candace 'n' Company

Candace 'n' Company

Jordan Smith
49 Comics
Jordan Smith
49 Comics
Created

Meet Candace, a friendly young lady fresh out of college! Follow along as she wages her daily battles against boredom at the office, a lazy roommate with a short fuse, and a rambunctious little pet dog. Will she come out on top with a big smile as she wins the day, or be overwhelmed by the small but relentless frustrations of everyday life? Have fun finding out.


Created

Meet Candace, a friendly young lady fresh out of college! Follow along as she wages her daily battles against boredom at the office, a lazy roommate with a short fuse, and a rambunctious little pet dog. Will she come out on top with a big smile as she wins the day, or be overwhelmed by the small but relentless frustrations of everyday life? Have fun finding out.



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1/1/2018
~1 min.

I think I read about this custom on the back of one of my day-to-day calendar pages. If memory serves, it is a Portuguese custom not to pay off a debt on New Year’s Day. Many Americans, at any rate, spend a great deal of time in the red, so Megan wasn’t exactly intimidated by the jinx she was putting on herself.

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1/2/2018
~1 min.

I’m pretty much an introvert, and not easily able to just walk up to someone I barely know and start chatting away. So it was kind of important for me to give my protagonist an ability that I do not have myself. And now we have two innocent bystanders feeling terrible about themselves, all due to Candace’s friendliness!

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1/3/2018
~1 min.

He asked for it.

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1/4/2018
~1 min.

This one dates back a while, so I’m not entirely sure what inspired me here. I almost always give Candace shoes when she’s at work in the kitchen. Simply asking myself “What if…?” helps me come up with jokes. What if Candace didn’t wear shoes in the kitchen for once? Of course! Megan would send for pizza! How could I not know that??

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1/5/2018
~1 min.

Again I will harken back to my days of reading Calvin & Hobbes and note how Calvin tended to think of school as a prison in his fantasy world. Most likely, however, I just got this idea from my own musings of how it feels to have to be somewhere you’d rather not go to in the first place. I had fun with the colors in the first panel, mixing some grays in with the two tough-as-nails guards and letting their prisoner jump out at you.

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1/6/2018
~1 min.

It’s all about creating foils, isn’t it? You have a starring character and the best thing to do is to give your star a companion with a completely opposite outlook. The two drastically different upbringings these two have had helps explain these opposite outlooks.

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1/7/2018
~1 min.

Like most folks, every once in a while Candace overdoes it at the dinner table. Is it any wonder she occasionally fumes at what the scale tells her? If Candace has any narcissistic tendencies, it would most certainly come in the form of her hair, which she’s in love with.

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1/8/2018
~1 min.

I occasionally arm wrestle just for the fun of it (I’m not a professional, in case you’re wondering), so it was fun to have Candace going around acting like she’s ready to outmuscle anyone she sees!

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1/9/2018
~1 min.

I’ve engaged in pen pal activity during my late teens and early twenties. Even then, there was talk about “emailing instead of letter writing”, but now there seem to be a thousand and one digital ways to write to people. I’m with Candace on this one, though. The sincerest way to talk to someone via the written word is pen and paper.

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1/10/2018
~1 min.

TV gets a bad reputation for being decidedly substandard, and I personally think the reputation is deserved. But instead of singling out a particular show, real or made up, for ridicule, I chose to prevent readers from having any clue whatsoever is on TV. Exactly what is Candace referring to as “garbage”? Could it be a 1960s family sitcom? A televised wrestling match? Maybe one of those infomercials for getting killer abs in just 5 days? It’s all up to your imagination!

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1/11/2018
~1 min.

Many years ago I read a Superman comic book in which the Man of Steel goes toe-to-toe with a super powerful, bearded old man claiming to be Father Time. I patterned my version of Father Time after the character from the comic book, but it was my own idea to add the stopwatch and hourglass staff (which slightly differ from the tools he is normally depicted as carrying). I once read a statement that went something like, “Time is the greatest teacher. Unfortunately, it kills all of its students.”

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1/12/2018
~1 min.

TV gets a bad reputation for being decidedly substandard, and I personally think the reputation is deserved. But instead of singling out a particular show, real or made up, for ridicule, I chose to prevent readers from having any clue whatsoever is on TV. Exactly what is Candace referring to as “garbage”? Could it be a 1960s family sitcom? A televised wrestling match? Maybe one of those infomercials for getting killer abs in just 5 days? It’s all up to your imagination!

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1/13/2018
~1 min.

I’m a cartoonist. That means that I spend a great deal of time thinking up ways to poke fun at humanity, starting with myself. Since I am also an American, I chose to take a potshot at the amount of gluttony that has been known to afflict wealthy nations like my own. Why have one dinner when you can afford two? And just like that, I’ve gone and poked fun at humanity, starting with myself…again!

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1/14/2018
~1 min.

You can probably guess I’m a big pizza person. I’m not suggesting the meaning of everything is pizza…but the meaning of a lot sure is!

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1/15/2018
~1 min.

I always get a good chuckle over how movies often seem to ignore things we take for granted (like the laws governing physics) in order to tell a story. Obviously, any art form, cinema included, can be improved, no matter how good they are, and that leaves them open to a little friendly ridicule!

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1/16/2018
~1 min.

In the movies, extraterrestrial life is usually depicted as cosmic warmongering conquerors, bent on subjugating the human race. Perhaps this all originated with The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells. At any rate, however, I sometimes think about all the stories of crime and violence I hear in the news and wonder just who would be crazy enough to tangle with us.

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1/17/2018
~1 min.

Wintertime troubles! I suspect having persistently cold feet at night can be blamed on cold bathrooms. At least around my home!

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1/18/2018
~1 min.

I’m sure not helping with pro ice hockey’s negative image of fisticuffs here, am I? The truth is, while still potentially violent, pro hockey seems to be a bit less vicious than it was in the late 1970s and ‘80s. For consistent brawling on the rink, however, one of my favorite video games was Blades of Steel.

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1/19/2018
~1 min.

At least the sunrise is getting later each day (north of the equator). I wonder why the last letter of the alphabet, when written over and over, represents sleep? Does snoring make a “zzzzzz” sound?

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1/20/2018
~1 min.

Well, love really is blind. My own take is that these two are approximately twenty years beyond their high school days, which would put them about fifteen years older than Candace. But you go right ahead and come to your own conclusions.

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1/21/2018
~1 min.

Lots of kids in northern climates hope to get plenty of snow on nights before school. I figure it can’t betoodifferent for many adults in the wee hours before work.

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1/22/2018
~1 min.

I guess I’ve always thought suspenders were something others could use against you if you weren’t careful. At least with a belt, you can pull it off and defend yourself against an aggressive assistant, right? I had to make Candace simply fantasize about blackmailing The Man, rather than actually doing it, because who in their right mind wouldn’t fire an employee who resorted to this kind of blatant treachery?

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1/23/2018
~1 min.

Panel #1 depicts a message that you hear often. And I agree that if you want something, you’ve just got to work at getting it! But I think there are more people than we’d like to admit who resort to Candace’s actions in Panel #2: Begging shamelessly! But, hey, if it works, why wouldn’t there be a bunch of folks who do it?

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1/24/2018
~1 min.

I wanted to rack my brain for some truly memorable stories for Candace to consider before settling on a phone book. So the three runners-up for the annual directory were Robinson Crusoe, King Arthur, and The Good Samaritan. I’m just another cartoonist trying to switch things around as absurdly as possible!

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1/25/2018
~1 min.

In case anyone’s wondering, I learned all these yoga poses (except for the “Vulture”) from playing the video game Wii Fit. At some point I got to thinking about how burying your nose in a phone keeps you maintaining a pose as well, but I highly doubt this particular one does anyone much good physically. Candace is a bit of a health nut at times, and a bit of a couch potato at others.

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1/26/2018
~1 min.

I think most of us are guilty of feeling both too bad and too good about ourselves now and then. I thought it’d be fun to take my two Best Frenemies Forever and have them abruptly strut their stuff in front of each other, only to have both endeavors backfire at the same time. In the last panel, they aren’t sleeping in bunk beds. It was the only way I knew how to show two characters thinking the same thing at the same time from different bedrooms.

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1/27/2018
~1 min.

One theme I like to use for my cartoon is Candace’s futile attempts at engaging the boss in philosophical discussions. I think the boss is somewhat underwhelmed by everyday life, and lets his lack of enthusiasm creep into words. In truth, we’re all probably guilty of that at one time or another.

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1/28/2018
~1 min.

TV gets a bad reputation for being decidedly substandard, and I personally think the reputation is deserved. But instead of singling out a particular show, real or made up, for ridicule, I chose to prevent readers from having any clue whatsoever is on TV. Exactly what is Candace referring to as “garbage”? Could it be a 1960s family sitcom? A televised wrestling match? Maybe one of those infomercials for getting killer abs in just 5 days? It’s all up to your imagination!

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1/29/2018
~1 min.

Sorry. I try to keep the “rude humor” (as they call it in the movie rating business) to a minimum, but when my protagonist lives with a rude roomie, it’s sometimes inevitable.

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1/30/2018
~1 min.

Bitterly cold weather just seems to make it even harder to get motivated.

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1/31/2018
~1 min.

I believe this joke was inspired from one I read in a joke book for kids about a patient complaining to his doctor about charging money to paint his throat (something doctors apparently did once upon a time). The doctor’s response was something akin to Megan’s retort in today’s comic.

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2/1/2018
~1 min.

In today’s digital age, it seems to me that more and more people prefer brining their mobile devices with them into the bathroom (which surely makes them that much dirtier), but there’s still a case to be made for people keeping magazines on top of the ol’ toilet tank. People just love to read!

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2/2/2018
~1 min.

Talking to a punching bag. Nope, I couldn’t tell you what I was thinking when this idea came along. Sorry.

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2/3/2018
~1 min.

I got to thinking about the message in the famous song by Kiss, and asked myself, Is it really possible to rock and roll all night and party every day? I doubt there’s a living human who could keep it up for very long. Megan couldn’t do it for 24 hours.

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2/4/2018
~1 min.

I’m sure not helping with pro ice hockey’s negative image of fisticuffs here, am I? The truth is, while still potentially violent, pro hockey seems to be a bit less vicious than it was in the late 1970s and ‘80s. For consistent brawling on the rink, however, one of my favorite video games was Blades of Steel.

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2/5/2018
~1 min.

It’s wintertime, so watch those streets! Black ice can be very dangerous, but even ice that’s visible is a hazard on the road. I doubt a residential street like the one Candace lives on would ever get so bad you could go figure skating on it, but hey, it’s a cartoon.

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2/6/2018
~1 min.

Once I had never heard such a concept as bringing one’s phone into the bathroom to stay entertained while doing one’s business, but once I’d learned that some people do it, it was inevitable that Candace would live with one such person.

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2/7/2018
~1 min.

In my opinion, everyone is a victim of his or her own time. I’m not saying that I get in on nonsensical text messaging. My point is that I and many fellow cartoonists put today’s tech influenced society in our crosshairs for ridicule.

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2/8/2018
~1 min.

I’ll call this one of my “old fashioned” comics, in that Candace comes off as looking rather inept around the office. When I first drew Candace, she was a real goofball, virtually incapable of getting anything done without a major slipup or two. While I like to think she’s “wised up” since then, once in a while the old Candace resurfaces.

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2/9/2018
~1 min.

Eight panels in one daily comic…Gotta be close to a record. I can’t even remember why I didn’t use this joke for a larger Sunday comic strip.

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2/10/2018
~1 min.

Some hotels have been known to allow non-guests to use the swimming pool if they pay for a sort of “membership privilege”. Either this hotel doesn’t offer that, or the two roomies are a couple of swimsuit-clad cheapskates…or both.

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2/11/2018
~1 min.

One of my favorite “Brit com” skits is Mister Bean trying to stay awake in church. Most likely, that gave me this idea. This also marks the first time I’ve actually drawn Candace at church, so now you know she’s not off running rampant all over town every Sunday morning.

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2/12/2018
~1 min.

I don’t know. I just got to thinking about the pronunciation of one’s parent’s sister (I usually go with “ant”). So surely there must be some confusion in rare instances between the relative and the working insect……or not.

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2/13/2018
~1 min.

I used to have some sort of an idea that Candace was a cheerleader in college for the football team. But I never really followed up on that, so she could just as easily been a high school cheerleader. At any rate, she, like most of us, has slightly outgrown an outfit from the past.

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2/14/2018
~1 min.

I am going to plead the Fifth if you ask me what inspired this idea. So sorry!

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2/15/2018
~1 min.

The side scrolling “beat-‘em-up” genre of fighting video games probably peaked sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s, but was nudged out of the spotlight by one-on-one titles like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. I doubt anyone is skilled enough to take on an entire gang of thugs single handedly, but boy were some of those games fun! Megan seems to agree.

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2/16/2018
~1 min.

What can I say? The boss has got some rough-around-the-edges buddies! You can probably tell Candace rather enjoys this role.

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2/17/2018
~1 min.

I supposed with photographs you can have a subject pose indefinitely while you draw him or her. But where would the joke be if Candace’s artist roommate took that route? So don’t ask questions. Just be content that there were no cameras handy!

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2/18/2018
~1 min.

Ultimately, the punchline of this joke was inspired by an old movie I saw with Elizabeth Taylor playing one of the characters. I regret that I can’t recall the title of the movie, but I think it was a fairly light-hearted film. Anyway, one of the characters hit the gym and wound up “feeling like a hundred” the next day!

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