My original draft for this strip told of how I first heard of E.T.,
a teaser poster in my college dorm mailbox, showing nothing but some lights behind some clouds during a dusky nightfall. It gave little-to-no hints about the actual storyline. I was completely hooked at that point, so I nagged my friend to go to the theater two hours ahead of time to buy tickets. He thought it was a waste of time. However, my thinking saved the day. Not only did we get in, but we got excellent seats, and I was vindicated.
My first draft also tied in the famous “Phone home” line and a comment on Drew Barrymore being so cute. But I dumped it. I don’t want to overuse my arguments with friends about getting to the theater ahead of time. (Why is it that it’s always the same naysayer who delays you enough to miss out on movie night because the film turns out to be extremely popular?) Anyway, I decided I needed a different approach. And since I was trying to look at the strip differently, I wanted make you look at the movie differently.