At the Baltimore convention, I had at least 2 or 3 people ask what the symbols at the bottom of the Daily Misfortunes were. They're supposed to be the lucky (or unlucky) numbers. It started with just a slight quirky change, as shown on the cover of The Misfortune Cookie:
Here, 13 is definitely an unlucky number, 22 for a "catch 22", then it got odder with the fractions and math symbols like pi, and schwa e is just ridiculous. But as I did more of these, the unlucky symbols kept getting more and more absurd and wacky, not only because I ran out of numbers and symbols, but because I really wanted to make that part creative.
Here, we have the quadratic formula as an unlucky number. I think I have lots of math equations in the numbers because I used to work as a graphic designer for a group called GRIP (Geometry Reasoning and Instructional Practices). Yes, the quadratic formula is algebra. I did some animations about algebra for GRIP too.
Here, we have music notes as an unlucky symbol, just because it's ridiculous and goes with the theme of the misfortune. Not all the numbers/symbols match the misfortunes exactly, though. Usually at least 1 or 2 do. The first number in the sequence is always the number of the comic (if you have the book "Mindy Indy's Daily Misfortune and Flip Book", you'll notice the numbers go up in order.)
Here, I put tiny trees as the last symbol, because Bob Ross always loved "happy little trees." The pictures as unlucky "numbers" started out with me typing using symbol fonts in illustrator (like Zapf Dingbat, etc, for that flower symbol just before the trees), and evolved because I wanted to have specific symbols.
You'll notice that I've changed the words on the Daily Misfortunes to have "Unlucky Numbers" or "Unlucky #s" now to lessen confusion. There may also be only 3 numbers instead of the usual 6 (for lottery purposes), but that's ok, because it's my comic and I can do what I want :P Enjoy!!