…from topical humor. I don’t like topics. I prefer that the strip remain atopical – if not antitopical. When people ask what the strip is about, I want to be able to honestly say that it isn’t about anything.
That makes it sound like TTB is basically Seinfeld.
But one can make a distinction between being about nothing and not being about anything. Seinfeld, as I see it, was a “show about nothing” in that its topic was nothing as an idea. The Talking Boxes has no topic. There is nothing that the strip is about. Very subtle difference.
Now I know that I could say that the strip is about sentient polygons and Halloween decorations flying through space doing nonsensical things. That’s easy. Or I could say that the strip is about the ultimate incomprehensibility of life and how funny it is when we try to make sense of it. That’s pretentious. So I prefer to say that The Talking Boxes is not about anything or, if pressed, that it’s about having fun and being silly.