I was thinking about character development the last few days and started drawing the dad, Mike, from different angles. Not only has it been a while since I've drawn several views of Mike, but since this strip was created sixteen years ago, my artistic skills (I hope!) have improved. So in future strips you'll see simplified characters.
This, thank the Lord, is the last of the premise, start-up strips. Now we know Herman can talk and that he only prefers to talk to Mike. Now let's just have some fun.