My favorite part of this strip was coming up with things a kid would promise to do, to convince a parent to let the kid keep an alligator.
This strip also begins the ongoing tension between the alligator and Blake.
The idea for this came to me when I was thinking about how kids like to bring pets home (though usually, fortunately, they’re small things like caterpillars). Alligators seemed more Dee’s speed.
And I never stopped being amused by the blurred line of animals and sapient animals. The Alligator is merely an animal, until Ted addresses him in the last panel.
I like that Ted sometimes gives himself an out and doesn’t carry all responsibility on his shoulders (and I also wonder if that it purely a whistle of “I’m pretending like i saw nothing” or if there isn’t a bit of glee in it).
I also like that Dee is just placidly doing her thing, and also that she serves tea to the teddy bear.
Ever since I began swimming as a kid, I’ve always loved how clear everything is underwater, and how surreal it is to see the bottom half of people underwater and the top half obscured by the water’s surface.
I’d say this strip was half inspired by the joke, and half inspired by me wanting simply to draw it.
So…. I’ve been TERRIBLE about getting strips online for sale (which weren’t for sale before). And now I’m finding that the PHP I use to put the strips up for sale isn’t working on a tag search. Sigh.
Anyhow, a few of the strips I’ve posted over the last few weeks are for sale. They are these:
And of course, today’s strip.
This was a fun one to write. As briefly as I could, I wrote down the objective of chess, and then exploited the obvious flaw.
It was kinda’ like writing an alien, who takes things literally.