Why We’ll Never Understand Each Other: A Non-Sequitur Look At Relationships
by Wiley Miller (Author)
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:o What he heard: “Let’s go drain the life force from your body.” What she said: “Let’s go shopping.”o 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.”o 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 studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University and worked for several educational film studios in Los Angeles before joining the Greensboro (N.C.) News and Record as staff artist/editorial cartoonist in 1976. After a stint at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in California, he created his first syndicated strip, Fenton, in 1982. He returned to editorial cartooning three years later, joining the staff of the San Francisco Examiner. In 1988, Wiley was named Best Editorial Cartoonist by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. He won the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 1991. Wiley lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., with his wife and two daughters.
I began my career in art illustrating educational films. But my interest was always in print and cartooning, so in 1977 I moved from film in Southern California to work as a staff artist and editorial cartoonist for the Greensboro Daily News and the Greensboro Record (they were the morning and evening papers at the time and have since merged into one). In 1979 I moved on to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Ca.), as doing the staff art for one paper instead of two gave me more time to do editorial cartoons. My editorial cartoons then went into syndication with Copley News Service in 1980. Unfortunately, I was laid off in the recession of 1981, which, fortunately, led me to create my first comic strip, “Fenton”, which was syndicated by Field Syndicate. It had moderate success, but my love was still with editorial cartooning. When the position came open at the San Francisco Examiner in 1984, I went for it and somehow got it. I enjoyed a good run there until the recession of 1991 hit in the wake of the Gulf War. Learning from my previous experience with recessions and the lack of job security for anyone in art, I decided to make my way out before the ax fell and created Non Sequitur, which went into syndication with the Washington Post Writers Group in 1992. It was met with immediate success, but it’s growth with a small syndicate was limited. When I reached that limit, I moved over to Universal Press Syndicate in 2000, where the strip now appears in 800 papers world wide.Now, of course, I taken a new turn in my career, taking a story I did in the Sunday editions in 2005 called “Ordinary Basil” and made it into my first children’s book with Blue Sky Press (a Scholastic imprint). The second book in the series, “Attack of the Volcano Monkeys”, came out a year later, with a third book now in the works.
Series: Non Sequitur Books
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (April 11, 2003)
Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches