Funnies business

June 29, 1998

Beginning today, "Dilbert" has a new neighbor on The Sun's comics pages -- "Non Sequitur" by Wiley (a.k.a. Wiley Miller). It replaces "Tommy," which was discontinued by its syndicate. The new strip takes simple ideas and views them with an off-kilter sensibility.

Wiley, who lives in Iowa, developed that perspective during 15 years in editorial cartooning for such publications as Playboy, the Saturday Evening Post and the San Francisco Examiner. He quit satirizing the political world when the competition got too tough: The politicians, he found, had become their own comics.

The definition of non sequitur, Wiley says, describes what his strip is all about: "A conclusion or inference which does not follow from the premises," according to Webster's dictionary.

In "Non Sequitur," Wiley eschews gags or jokes to editorialize on everyday topics readers can easily relate to. Lawyers, panhandlers and the occasional personified pet have been artfully skewered in his strip, which debuted in 1992. That same year it was selected as the "Best Comic Strip of the Year" by the National Cartoonist Society. And in 1995, it became the youngest strip to make it into the top 10 list in a survey by the trade publication, Editor & Publisher.

Is it funny? We think so. But you be the judge.

Pub Date: 6/29/98

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