This was one of the first strips where I showed the deep blur in their lives between being animals with animal behaviors, and being cartoon characters who live very human lives as well.
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.
I’ve always felt proud of the naturalness of her getting in his way in this strip. I also think this was a good solid intro to Vachel and Dee’s relationship: two wills not very interested in the other’s motivation.
And ahhh…. Walt Whitman. So relaxing.
I remember, when younger, almost the only food I had in the house was a pyramid stack of SpaghettiO’s. For lunch I’d take a can and a can-opener.
Healthier than cake, perhaps, but not much.
From the start i wondered: if she doesn’t speak, how would they learn her name? Originally I think I had them looking for her name written on the tag of her shirt, with obvious brief errors in judgement: “It looks like her name is ‘Fruit of the Loom’ .”