Tuesday, October 20, 2020

No Hoodies


Offended Cobra

This is not my best drawn snake, but trying to get the angle of the head with the sign was difficult. Certain snakes have hoods and there are reasons, but cobras are the most famous for them. Where I grew up in CT, there is the hognose snake which is famous for looking like a cobra but are actually harmless. They pretend to be a cobra to deter threats but if the threat is not deterred, they play dead. They play dead so well that if you flip them right-side up, they will flip back to be belly-up to prove they are dead. I think that is humorous. 

Sign: No hoodies
Cobra: I'm offended.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Favorite Feature of the New House

No snakes in the house!

True story - I think our snake count at the townhouse was 7 when we left. We were in the house for about six years before they started showing up, then they just kept showing up. Only had one professionally removed by Critter Control - the others we either evicted ourselves or found them post-mortem stuck to sticky traps (eww). At the beginning of the year, I told my Mark that if we found another snake, I was ready to move (he had wanted to move for a while). At the beginning of the Pandemic, we started cleaning out the random corners of the house that just accumulate stuff and we don't frequent and yep, we found another snake. So we listed the house and started our search. And no snakes in the new house!

A: What is your favorite thing about your new house?
B: The complete and utter lack of snakes!
A: ... What?!?!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Forest World Problems: Swan

Swan isn't very good at diving

 It's been a while since I revisited this series, but to finish out this bird-filled week we're looping back to Forest World Problems. Do swans live in forests? Well, they live on water and there is water in forests so sure. I'm pretty sure the Swan Princess was set in a forest, where she was hidden away after getting stolen and cursed. I don't actually remember the whole plot of that movie. I do recall the animal sidekicks because they were great. There was a puffin, a turtle, and a frog. 

Title: Forest World Problems
Swan: I'm not that good at diving.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Robin vs Cardinal


I want to rise through the ranks of the Catholic church, but I am only a robin not a cardinal

Now that I've looked up the Catholic Church hierarchy for the last comic, I realize the cardinals are rather high on said organization chart. So the robin is aiming high, which is usually good, but not very realistic depending on how literal the forest church is about their cardinals. Birds of a feather flock together, so I'm not sure he can fly with that crowd... 

Robin: I want to rise through the ranks of the Catholic Church!
Cardinal: Robby, you will never be a cardinal.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Forest Church


How goes the forest church? So many deer saints.
It must be an important church if it has a cardinal! I don't actually know how the Catholic church hierarchy works (I'm not Catholic) but I'm pretty sure each church doesn't get a cardinal. But if your church is in the forest, who knows how many cardinals you would have. Now I'm thinking about the Three Musketeers - I'm pretty sure there was a cardinal involved. Yep, Cardinal Richelieu

Blue Jay: How goes the forest church?
Cardinal: So many deer saints.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Hold Your Alpacas


Horses are so last century

An update to an old phrase - let's see if it catches on. Alpacas are nicer than llamas I believe, but not as nice as horses. But you can't get yarn from horses as far as I know, so that's a cool bonus for the llama/alpaca team. I have a ball of alpaca yarn but I'm not sure what I'll make with it - it's pretty soft so maybe gloves or a toy. Maybe make a little llama out of it! That'd be meta. 

A: Hold your alpacas, squad.
B: What?
A: Horses are so last century. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Hold Your Horses

Ok (hugging horse)

 Happy Anniversary to my sister and brother-in-law!

I was going to have one person holding more than one horse, but that was not coming together smoothly so I simplified to just one horse. It's also surprising how large horses are but I think I made this one too big, so we're gonna say these are preteens. Or it's a Clydesdale. But the feet aren't right for that, so maybe it's just Ganon's horse from Breath of the Wild (it's the huge one that's rather difficult to ride/tame). 

Where did this phrase originate? Per Wikipedia, "A number of explanations, all unverified, have been offered for the origins of the phrase"

A: Hold your horses!
B: Ok! *Hugging a horse*

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Coin Shortage

Because people are resistant to change

Happy Birthday to my nephew! And maybe my niece too, not sure when she'll make her appearance. 

Not to make light of a national issue, but that's what I'm doing here. I really like collecting coins, and smashing coins, and I have a metal frame on my wall (the frame is wood but the center is metal) and I mount all my smashed pennies (and a dime and quarter that were smashed too and some unsmashed foreign pennies because those are cool too) by gluing a magnet to the back (I got a roll that I can snip little strips off and it has adhesive but it's not very strong so I add gorilla glue) and I should hang that frame up again but I need to get all the coins on it and I want them in order (we put the foreign ones in one place, then national parks together, and then beaches all together, and so on). But we have a place on the wall for it so that's good. 

Another national issue is people being resistant to change, but I'd rather talk about coins. 

A: Why is there a coin shortage?
B: Maybe because people are resistant to change.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Captain Crochet Hook

 I was quite happy to come up with this. It would make sense to have a crochet hook attachment since he spends so much time out on the sea; could be a great way to pass the time. Also, I don't really like how his mustache turned out, but I was going for the classic Disney interpretation of the character. 

Tinker Bell: So, are you Captain Crochet now?
Captain Hook: It's still a hook!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Great Dismal Swamp, Page 2


Happy almost birthday to my brother!

I think I will try to comic our adventures, as it is helpful to remember all the small moments as well as the big ones. We had a short weekend away, but plenty of happy memories from it. 

Panel 1: VA Beach Boardwalk
L: Let's never get to the socks-and-sandals stage of not caring
M: Agreed.

Panel 2: 
M: Duck Donuts on the Boardwalk
L: An upgraded Pastries in the Park Sunday.

Panel 3:
M: I see a lot of red and orange ahead.
L: I only see some red cars, no orange.
M: On the map - it's slow ahead.

Panel 4: Flower Flamingos in the Botanic Garden

Panel 5:
M: Actual archaeologists unearthing Jamestown!
L: Cool!

Panel 6: Cactus Jack's - always a delicious meal.

Panel 7:
M: Look at all the history around us!
L: So many Pokestops!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Great Dismal Swamp, Page 1

Over the Labor Day holiday, we took a trip down to VA to see the Great Dismal Swamp. I heard about this park on a blog I follow and it was a nice trip. There were a lot of bugs in the swamp but that's expected in a swamp. We did not spend the whole weekend in the swamp - we went over to Jamestown and VA Beach and a garden as well. We drove by the creepy church twice because Google Maps tried to take us through someone's yard to get to the swamp. 

Great Dismal Swamp, September 4-6, 2020

Panel 1:
M: Let's start this weekend right - with a proper Friday evening!
L: Board Game Arena with the Hong Kong relatives!

Panel 2: 
L: New First Baptist Church, why do you have an angel in a field surrounded by cherubs??
M: Creepy

Panel 3: That is a Very Large Bug attacking our car

Panel 4: Lake Drummond
M: This is the blackest lake I have ever seen.
L: The waves look like iced tea.

Panel 5: Black Bear Trail, so many mosquitos

Panel 6: 
M: Where is my mask?!?
L Check your face, my love.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Uneven Vs Odd


Happy Birthday to my Grandpa!

As for this comic, maybe I should have added ties to my figures so you could tell more clearly this is a job interview. Yes, the interviewer is putting the resume in the trashcan. He does not understand non-linear thinking. DOT is Department of Transportation; sometimes abbreviations are regional like MVA vs DMV but I don't think DOT is one of those. Around here it's the Motor Vehicle Administration because Delaware/Maryland/Virginia is DMV (but the MVA has DMV in their urls so....). 

Interviewee: Instead of "Uneven Lanes", why not just say "Odd Lanes"? 
Interviewer: Yeah, I don't think you're a good fit for this DOT position. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Garden State

 I thought this up on one of our many trips between MD and CT. We try to avoid Jersey, but it's hard sometimes. We also try to avoid the George Washington Bridge but every mapping software is in cahoots with them and steer all traffic through the GWB. It's annoying. One of our drives through NJ, I believe we were on the Garden State Parkway and we had the windows down and that was a mistake. So many power plants. So much stench. 

A: Why is NJ called the "Garden State" but smells so nasty?!
B: Because it has all the plants.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Modern Horror Story

 I forget what spawned this comic, but I originally thought I'd come up with a series on it. Still working on the series. I don't recall my cell phone ever ringing - it has been on vibrate its whole life. I'm not overly fond of computers making any alert noises - I have my alarm set to a playlist I made on Spotify and everything else is just vibrate or silent. I vaguely remember my old phone saying "Hello Moto" unexpectedly and I did not like that. 

If this turns into a series, it would be called MHS and would be way better than AHS which if you don't know what that is, you are NOT missing anything. I wish I didn't know what it is but sadly Netflix had it in the opening spot for a while and I never wanted to see it. I'm not a fan of the horror genre. 

Title: Modern Horror Story
A: This one time, I heard ... my phone ... RING!!!
A: I don't know how the ringer turned on!
A: I didn't even know what my ringtone WAS!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Captain America 3

I wrote this one a while ago (clearly as this movie came out four years ago) but I thought I'd post it today because it's the best day of the year and Captain America is my favorite superhero. Why is this the best day of the year? Well, you are just missing out if you don't know. Actually I am missing out if you don't know because that means you probably didn't send me a card or present or wish me anything on social media. Oh well. Drawing the iconic shield was a bit difficult but I was able to use some basic shapes to make it - free-handing was just not working out. 
As a comic explanation, one of Captain America's catchphrases is "Avengers, Assemble" because he's usually leading the fight and that's how he gets his group together. In Captain America 3, stuff happens and decisions are made and due to the decisions that mainly Captain America and Iron Man make, the Avengers team splits apart and it's kind of a low point in their team spirit. 

Title: Captain America 3: Civil War Summary
CA: Avengers, Disassemble.