TRIVIA



  • When the comic debuted in 2003, they were very “cookie-cutter”, as Joseph Scarbrough would do them in school when he wasn’t supposed to. The first five strips were done on notebook paper, drawn with pencil, and colored with crayon, however after that, Scarbrough returned to regular white 8 ½ x 11 ½ printing paper, and drawing with ball-point pens. This continued for the next couple of years, before he attempted to make the comic look more “professional-looking”, so the white printing paper was replaced with newsprint (that’s the kind of paper they print newspapers on, hence why it’s called “newsprint”), the simplistic ball-point drawing was retooled with more detailed gel-ink drawings, and the sloppy crayon coloring was done away with for carefully pencil coloring. This continued until the final season of the comic, when Scarbrough went digital by drawing the comics on printing paper again (but still with gel-ink), scanning them, coloring them digitally via Macromedia Fireworks, then printing the comics out on newsprint, and that’s how most of Scarbrough’s comics appear today.
  • From the beginning, Scarbrough intended for Joseph to be a geek who thought he was cool; Joseph was originally given pink-tinted glasses, reasoning that he thought they made him look cool, but the shade of pink eventually turned to red by the time the comic was released, and not too many people liked the idea of Joseph wearing glasses like that, so the idea was dropped, and Joseph went with wearing regular glasses.
  • In an attempt to prove to people that Joseph Scarbrough was NOT doing comic strips of himself, he gave his main character the last name of Armstrong. “It was the only last name I could think of at the time” says Scarbrough “but then again, the more I think about, ‘Joseph Armstrong’ does have a ring to it”.
  • “The Girl’s Bathroom” was first, and longest storyline lasting 20 strips, but had the shortest pre-production time, as plans for the actual comic were made only a month in advance. The second-to-last storyline was “Game Show Gaffe”, and while it’s one of the shorter storylines, it had the longest pre-production time, it was planned quite a few months in advance; plus, Scarbrough put the most work into developing that particular story, not to mention how much he had to “practice” drawing the celebrity guests that included Tom Bergeron and Colin Mochrie.
  • Every new strip was released on Thursday, with the exception for half of the second season, where “The Mysterious Card” saga was released on Thursdays, while “The Go-Kart Derby” and “Joseph on a Hot Tin Roof” were released on Sundays. This way, although twice as long as the first season, it would be finished in the same amount of time.
  • Scarbrough’s original intention of the character of Mr. Huggy Wuggy was to serve as the villain of the “Crash Dive” saga, since he really didn’t seem to care that the submarine he rented to Joseph was cardboard, and he knew he was going to take it into the water. The idea then was completely dropped, as Scarbrough later decided Mr. Huggy Wuggy would be the one who goes in after Joseph.
  • Late in 2004, Scarbrough developed the concept of a spin-off comic series for Mr. Huggy Wuggy; the comic was to revolve around Mr. Huggy Wuggy’s work-life, and introduce readers to two new supporting characters: Mr. Huggy Wuggy’s slow-witted best friend, and boss Mr. Stewartz, a balding, loud-mouthed, near-sighted man who has nothing better to do with his life than pick the wax out of his ears. The other supporting character was to be Mr. Huggy Wuggy’s stereotypical sophisticated, sexy secretary, Miss Olive, whose brains offer less interest to people than her B-cups. David was hired as the Stewartz Company’s intern, and he, and Joseph would make crossover appearances. Compared to Scarbrough’s rather “tame” work, the Mr. Huggy Wuggy spin-off was intended to be much edgier and sometimes a little rude (think such works as Ren and Stimpy or Rocko’s Modern Life). The spin-off kicked off in the beginning of 2005 with three strips were completed, including a pilot strip where celebrity guest Harry Smith introduced the new characters, before Scarbrough decided to pull the plug reasoning that he felt “everyone probably gets enough of their Mr. Huggy Wuggy fix from the Joseph comics”.
  • By the third season of the comic, Scarbrough decided to extend the strips a bit by having each strip be double-sided instead of single-sided, that way, more content could be fit into one strip, and thus resulting in shorter storylines and less anxiety for those who had trouble waiting for the next strips.
  • The characters of Joseph and David are actually based very loosely on cartoonist Joseph Scarbrough, and his two best friends, who both coincidentally were named David. Joseph’s school bully “Blake the Drake” was also based very loosely on Scarbrough’s real-life elementary bully whose name was also Blake.
  • To date, a total of four storylines are reported to be “missing in action”, these storylines are: “See Joe Run” and “A Bad Day in Josephland” from season three, “Night Prowler” from season four, and “Bubblegum Boy” from season five. Storylines that were recently recovered are "Sunday School", "Pitcher Blues", "Circus Clown", "Lipstick on Mirror", "Teed Off" and "Battleball Blitz".
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