I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to make this gag work so you don’t see the “sign” until the last panel. Let me know what you think.
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Consistency tells me that if you blur out the sign, you need to blur out the counter as well. That part kinda bugs me. Would the gag lose any punch if you couldn’t see the number that was there before the King changed it? I dunno. The way you’ve done it makes the reader think “Four? Four what?” On the other hand, if you blurred both the counter and the sign out, the reader would be force to try and figure out what those items were. Either way, I think you’d still get the “Ahhh!” reaction in the end.
Craig: As always, I like it when people give some thought to the strip so thanks for the input. I knew the joke I wanted to tell and found a way to tell it, but found it really hard to be completely logical (and consistent) from panel 1 to 4. The next time I try something along these lines, I’ll try it a different way and see what works best.