The Merriam-Webster definition of the term “non sequitur” is: a statement (such as a response) that does not follow logically from or is not clearly related to anything previously said.
The perfect name for a comic strip by a political or editorial cartoonist.
As a (former) attorney and (current) wordsmith, I love words and learning their meaning. Non Sequitur, the comic strip with exquisite word play, was always a favorite and held a special place in my heart.
Diving through several years of accumulated clutter in my home office these past couple of weeks, tossing what won’t make the cut for my anticipated move, I came upon an autographed Non Sequitur drawing by the artist Wiley (David Wiley Miller). I’d forgotten all about it. Alas, it was bit creased and dusty, as I never got around to framing it.
The scene depicted in the comic captures two of my passions – dogs, and the law.
I don’t remember how I stumbled upon the concept that I could purchase a signed copy of the comic, but back in 2006 I jumped on it. I do remember it was an online submission and I was able to request how it would personalized. I asked Mr. Miller to address it to my two dogs – Maia and Meadow – and me. He graciously complied.
I just love this drawing.
If I were on that six-person jury, I’d be the one reaching toward the puppy on the witness stand, with a toy in my hand. “Let’s ignore all this and play!”
Of course, I had also always appreciated Wiley’s sense of humor regarding life in general, and more particularly, attorneys.
I remember well the years when most of my colleagues took umbrage at the popularity of lawyer jokes. I, however, found them funny, and usually spot on.
My favorite: How are lawyers and prostitutes similar? For a fee, they’ll assume any position. And for a greater fee, they’ll tell you they care.
I confess I didn’t like most of the lawyers I encountered and had to work with. They were arrogant bullies. Too often they made arguments that didn’t follow logically from the facts of the case. Wiley and I agree on our general disdain of the profession.
If you’re interested, here’s a good article about Wiley’s career.
Feature image: Wiley Ink Inc.