Sometimes with a kid you have to be very specific.
At first, i was going to draw Blake in human clothes as a disguise as well. And then I realized that would be not make any sense. As much sense as a bear and vulture in clothes. It’s all perspective.
Ted’s outfit still makes me smile.
Sometimes the “throwaway gag” is the funniest. “Have you thought about renting her out for factory work” is a good contender (although I like the actual punchline here too).
There is perhaps an inconsistency here, in that Vachel points out that they don’t have a fridge (the blog originally erroneously read, “friday” instead of “fridge,” if you’re wondering about the posts below), and later we see them having a fridge. This happened because my vision of their world changed (I originally pictured them living a bit more primitively), but I never went back in and “corrected” it because I like that the strip developed, and I can totally justify it by telling you that they bought a fridge that week in order to put the drawing on it.
Ted has little humility, I think. It’s not that he doesn’t see Vachel’s sarcasm, he’s just not very interested in it, and will take an idea if it has merit. I like Ted.
This will also be the first of several messages in a bottle, which is such an endearing kid notion.
One of the most striking things I notice in the first strips is how the cast members have visually changed. Dee’s body filled out to match her head, and Ted became bigger, less furry, and his nose grew (but not his snout). Strange to watch comics evolve like that, even when you’re on this side of the pen.