Interesting that you say that, here is a story from the creator:
A few months ago, during one of our lunch meetings, Editor Underwood said this to me:
“I’ve been reading your strip for over a year now, and I got to know: what is your goal with “Life With Kurami?””
I had to sit and think for a second. I told him “To make people smile.”
“Really? Most cartoonists say “To make people laugh.””
“I know, but I’m not that funny of a person, and I know that I never will be. Though, I do know I’m able to give people good vibes and to put a little bit of positivity into their lives, which the comics page is kinda meant to be for, I believe.
I know that LWK can have a much broader friendbase if I focus more on just the happiness and love within the strip rather than just comedy all the time. Friends will come because they want to see Ana, Kurami and Zane, and anyone they meet rather than come for the punchlines.
Plus, it’s a lot easier for me to make someone smile than it is to make them laugh. So whether they smiled because they thought a strip was heartwarming, or actually found a strip funny, or just overall adorable, then that means we’re doing our job. And being able to do something that makes a person’s day a little bit brighter, even by just a little bit, is a dream job to me.”
“Deon, I have to say, you’re doing exactly that.”