This strip has a guest artist as well, Brendan Ternus, who I go to school with currently. As you might be able to tell, however, Cole did the art for the comic you see before you. So what happened?
Basically Brendan and I brainstormed ideas for a while and came up with one we liked. Then we outlined it and Brendan drew it. We were both feeling pretty good, and then we showed it to Cole, who almost immediately thought of a better way to structure the comic. The problem here was that 1. Brendan had already spent several hours drawing the comic with my constant support and encouragement and 2. Brendan had gone to bed because he needed to wake up early.
After agonizing for a while about what to do, Cole and I decided to run Cole’s later version, which is more of a sketch than a complete comic. It’s completely unfair to Brendan, and we felt pretty horrible about it (still do), but it seemed like, if we have a joke, we ought to run the best version of the joke that we can.
So I think we did. Brendan definitely helped write it, and his initial version of the comic is here. Maybe his is funnier! I don’t know anymore. It’s 6 in the morning and I haven’t gone to sleep. I hope Brendan is still our friend, although I would understand if he decided his time would be better spent with people who did what they said they were going to do.