Ah, glad these two strips are updated together for this rerun, 'cause the punchline of that first one was met with several "what does Lillian mean?" in that last panel, and I remember wanting to specify what had happened in the following strip.
Sometimes some things seem obvious to yourself but not to others! I think several GGaR punchlines could have used better phrasing or specifications to make some situations more clear as to what the joke was pertaining to. If readers went into the comment section to ask others what the joke was, or what was happening, I felt it (most of the times) as a failure on my part. I was very thankful to the readers who explained things for the others though, thanks for that!
But that job should've been mine to handle, and it wasn't always easy figuring out the balance between explaining things too much and not explaining certain situations at all. The creator has to take a step back at their own work and imagine what a new onlooker would understand (or not), and that's always a challenge.
You can always ask friends for critiques and feedbacks but that would admit you're weak and can't make decisions on your -- KIDDING I AM KIDDING (warning, joke!!)
Of course, some part of your brain may very well be thinking this way, unconsciously or not, and to that part I'll gently remind you that it is, in most cases, very enriching and enlightening to reach for others' feedback on such things. I know *I'm* guilty of not doing it enough, if at all, when writing my comics. Because that joke I made earlier about admitting your weakness if you reach out for someone's help is very much a part of my subconscious way of thinking and that is absolutely something I've been working on these past years.
I've actually been pushing myself to reach out for friends' and loved ones' feedbacks for my next webcomic, so I'm proud of myself for that :) (and it really is helpful!!!)
--> This is a rerun of the finished webcomic Go Get a Roomie! You can find these two strips in the old archive >here<!