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.
For some reason, it being pickles was very important to me in this gag.
Also, a lot of perspective! Not something I did a lot in the strip since they lived in a cave and so the backgrounds were organic for the most part.
It was interesting working out the twist in this strip. The joke being that Blake is pointing out Vachel’s insensitivity, and I needed a device to show Vachel’s being so oblivious to his own insensitivity that he doesn’t see the saracasm. Missing batteries from a camcorder hit the nail on the head.
I also like that i got her swing balance just right in panel 2.
The thing I liked most about this strip was the viewer’s angle is locked on the hang glider, and how it frames the page.
And I love an occasional good physical gag. I try not to do it too often, three stooges would be a bit too much for my taste.
I like that even in the face of great urgency, it is ALWAYS important to take the time to point out idiocy.
Like stopping to smell the flowers.
Also, how it is in our nature to forget our most basic skills in the face of crisis. Except Gary.
This strip is ALL about the stewardesses line. Phew!
It was fun defining the roles (which they perhaps strayed from), of Blake interpreting what humans do or think, and Vachel filling there lives with useless or too-late information, which Ted tries to keep it all together. :)
There is something about a bucket on one’s head that I find funny. I haven’t the foggiest idea why, but I love it. And this strip was actually inspired by a previous bucket-head strip I did in Madge’s Diary (top strip on the page).
I also remember it being very enjoyable to make hats when I was a kid. I was never good at the pirate hat, due to the complex folding, and the fez was to erudite from my childhood self, but I definitely made an oatmeal carton hat once or twice.
A tangentially related side story: my elementary school, North Parish, was about four blocks from a nursing home. And so, every Easter (hmmm…. actually, it must have been Good Friday or something, but had an Easter theme) we’d make hats (often involving egg cartons, paper plates, and pipe cleaners) and then do a parade through the nursing home. It brought many smiles to the residents. I wonder if North Parish still does that. Hm.