Thursday, August 22, 2019

Kangaroo Court


Don't annoy a kangaroo, not only might they kick you but also they might take you to their court and you won't get a fair trial because that's just how it goes in kangaroo court.
Side note - the bird pictured is an emu and they are my favorite bird. They are so weird. In the Virginia Zoo, they have an Australian Walkabout and you can walk in the enclosure where they have wallabies and kangaroos and sometimes emus too. It's amazing to get close to such a massive bird but sadly the day we went it was super hot and they were all in the shade as the edges of the enclosure and we as humans had to stay on the path so there was distance between us but it was still really cool.

Text:
Kangaroo: I'm gonna take you to court!
Emu: OH NOOOO!!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Turn That Frown Upside Down


I would like someone to spring into a handstand when told to turn their frown upside down, and then document the reaction. Maybe if you really enjoy gymnastics, then doing this would help get your spirits up. I mean, exercise is suppose to help lift your spirits so maybe this approach could work. Let me know if you try it out.

Text:
A: I'm sad.
B: Turn that frown upside down!
A: *hand-standing* I'm still sad.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Watch Your Step


It's important information - what if you watch the wrong step? You will probably fall. It will hurt and be regrettable. Be sure to list off which step should be watched by which person.

Text:
Sign: Watch your step.
L: Which step is mine?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Works of Play-Doh


I liked making dioramas when I was in elementary school, specifically ones with my Playmobil people. I remember doing one about Gladys Aylward. We also had a cool Play-Doh tool that we could feed the doh into and it would make things but I don't remember much more than that and also it was colorful.
(Comic Hint: it's supposed to be the works of Plato)

Text:
T: What is your Ancient History diorama?
C: The Works of Play-Doh.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Internal Duress


So a few weeks ago (rather recently when this was scheduled but I'm being good about queuing up comics so you don't miss a day) I went out to eat at a place I have been to many times before but for the first time, I had a salad instead of a soup for a starter because it was a super hot day and there was no AC at church or in the car. Both AC's have now been fixed but the point of this story is I had rather horrible food poisoning and I'm pretty sure it was the salad because I had a bento box and Mark sampled most of what I had since it was a little bit of everything and he was fine and the only thing he didn't have was the salad and these little dumplings and it seems the salad was more likely the culprit. So in the future I will still go back to that place but I won't be having the salad.
Also if I had made this comic after the event, I would have switched the people since I was the one with the tummy panic attack.

Text:
L: Could you please stop using the term "internal duress"? It's gross.
M: ... so then my tummy had a panic attack.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

I Knew You Were Treble


I knew you were treble when you walked in.... Said the lion on the cold hard ground. Or something like that. This was probably inspired while singing hymns at church, since we sing from a hymnal which has the notes all over it. The treble is at the top, and the bass is at the bottom. The note stems can go either way on either clef I believe.

Text:
N: You look like treble.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Searching for Motivation


Sometimes the end of the work day feels like this. Specifically when you're working on a task and you get stuck and need inspiration but to get inspiration you need both to focus and to be motivated and it's difficult. But sometimes you get a text from your spouse who says you can do it so you do.

Text:
M: What are you trying to find?
L: My focus and motivation.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Sad Side of Safety


Safety third! Because if safety is first, you won't ever do anything.
I can't think of a reason to run with open scissors, you really should at least close them before sprinting away. But really you shouldn't run at all. Or if you need to hurry, use a pocket knife sort of thing so you can safely fold away the sharp edges.

Text:
Scissors: No one will be my running buddy.
Fire: No one will play with me.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Top of the Beanstalk Gossip


But you didn't hear it from me...
I don't recall what caused this comic but depending on the depiction of this classic story, not much was happening at the top of the bean stalk until Jack came along and made things exciting, as manslaughter (giantslaughter?) and grand theft will do.
The classic version of this story that I remember from my childhood was a black-and-white VHS Abbott and Costello version, which came in a box set of classic stories acted out by either A&C or Shirley Temple.

Text:
Title: Top of the Beanstalk Gossip
G1: I hear her eggs are actually pyrite.
G2: Whaaaat!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

All About the Journey


This is based on a trip to CT that we took and the GPS helpfully told us about alternative routes. I get that they label the worse routes so you're not wondering if there is a better route, but it does seem ridiculous when it's so much slower. Oops, I forgot to add side mirrors. I guess we are just forgetting those things that are behind. And yes, that's my attempt at drawing a blue Civic.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Speaking of journeys, today is my 10 year anniversary with my amazing Mark! I like him a lot.

Text:
M: We could take this next exit, which is twenty minutes slower.
L: Sometimes you just don't want to get there.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Fix My Sole


As previously mentioned, these sole-related comics were inspired by a sermon that was not at all about shoes but might have had some mention of something soul-related. It's difficult to draw a shoe for a stick figure. I know I saw a comic about a peach cobbler (a peach that fixed shoes) and that might have sparked the cobbler portion of this. But slightly related to that, dessert cobbler is quite tasty.

Text:
M: Can you fix my sole?
C: I'll cobble something together.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Feel It In Your Sole


I don't remember which sermon inspired this one but I believe it was a throwaway comment about cobbling something together or something soul-related. My mind tends to go on tangents which is why it's helpful that our pastor gives out sermon outlines to help me (and probably other people too) focus. I'm now thinking it was something more soul-related. But of course I went on a tangent. Not a cosine. Why don't we go on more cosines.

M: How do you know that your shoes are wearing out?
B: I can feel it in my sole.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Forum and Againstum


We were discussing something else in class but I thought this up and it wasn't totally related but I thought if forums exist, then so should againstums. I know that's not how it works but it would make it easy to see what side people are on. You really should know which one you're aiming for.

Text:
A: Where are the venues?
G: To the right is the Forum. To the left is the Againstum.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Bigger Frying Pan


On family vacation, some theology was discussed and this discussion happened. Yes, it is satire. No frying pans were bought. But I did think about it literally. How big a frying pan are we thinking? Probably bigger than a 12".

Text:
E: You need to stop watching Joel Osteen marathons.
N: No! I just bought a bigger frying pan!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Greek First Principles


So a missionary in Hong Kong was talking about conversing in Cantonese and I felt way out of my league since I barely know a second language (Spanish) but I can't really converse so I don't know that it counts as knowing it but I am learning on DuoLingo so that's fun.

Text:
M: He wanted to discuss Greek first principles in Cantonese, but I was out of depth in Cantonese.
L: That's out of my depth in English.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Dessert Dinosaurs


So I saw this article a few weeks ago and hey, they still haven't fixed the title!
https://www.firstpost.com/tech/science/fossils-of-dinosaurs-that-lived-in-a-dessert-have-been-unearth-in-brazil-6896171.html
Here's a screenshot from my phone in case they update the article:
The title is "Fossils of dinosaurs that lived in a dessert have been unearthed in Brazil." In the article, they spell desert properly, but it made a funny mental picture, hence the comic. For this one, I actually drew it up right away so here is my sketch as a bonus:

Text:
L: Are you finding any evidence of cherries? Whipped cream? Sprinkles?
P: For the last time, that was a typo! These dinosaurs lived in the desert.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Rumer Mill


I showed this one to my husband who said haha, they never do that.
It's an interesting picture to imagine an actual mill (I'm thinking the kind that's like a barn with a water wheel on the one side) but it's somehow a printing press and it's printing rumors in a constant stream. I kinda want to draw this now.

Text:
C: I heard you're back with your ex!
D: Well, the rumor mill needs to print a retraction.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

No Power


So it's summer and when everyone in my neighborhood has their AC on, sometimes the power flickers. There was one day I was working from home, and the power went out for TWO HOURS. It happened to be the last two hours of my workday, so I couldn't push my changes, but it wasn't critical so I just logged off and thought I could bum around but then the power came back on and I had laundry to do.

Text:
L: The power is out!!!
BG&E: Yeah, we know, cool your jets.
L: HOW?!?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Pouring Joy


I'm learning about the Fruit of the Spirit in my class on Sunday and someone mentioned pouring joy into someone's life and I thought this up. That would be a slippery situation. One could say Cinderella was in a slippery situation with the whole shoe (slipper) ordeal. I might have just thought up another comic.
I guess I should say, as they do on YouTube and other channels when they mention a brand name, Not A Sponsor.

Text:
A: Why is my room all slick and soapy?!?
B: I poured Joy (R) into your life!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Joy vs Dawn


My class on Sunday is going through the Fruit of the Spirit and Dawn is not one of them. But I think every Christian thinks there are some fruits they struggle with but other they are doing a good job with. However when you dig into it and realize what choosing joy or peace or gentleness means, you come to the conclusion that you actually have a lot of room for improvement. That's how I am with joy. And actually with most of the fruits. I know I struggle with some more than others, but knowing you have a struggle is the first step in overcoming it I think.
Disclaimer: I don't actually know the price points of these soaps and which one is a better deal. I thought this up while in class and someone mentioned asking for joy.

Text:
A: I asked for joy!
B: But Dawn (R) was cheaper.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Out of Joy


My class on Sunday is going through the Fruit of the Spirit. We're on Peace currently, but I thought these up when we were covering Joy. My brother-in-law is leading the class and we're going through the book The Fruitful Life by Jerry Bridges. I recommend the book - it has some good stuff.

Text:
A: I'm all out of joy.
B: You can use my Dawn (R).

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Cotton Gin


HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! Bring your American industrial inventions to every party you attend.
I had to look up what a cotton gin looked like since I don't think I've ever seen one in person. I've been to many colonial places and also there's Font Hill Castle which is all pre-Industrial Age but maybe there is a cotton gin at one of the Smithsonian museums in D.C. I'll try to look for one next time I'm in the Museum of American History, that seems like a likely place for it.

Text:
B: We have the tonic, what kind of gin did you bring?
E: ... cotton

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Being a Pesto


A pesto is a sauce mainly consisting of basil but can have other herbs and also has garlic and pine nuts and cheese. It's very green and could be thought of as an herb smoothie. But you would sound more refined calling it pesto. Also, that's what it's suppose to be called.

Text:
A: hey hey hey hey hey hey
B: WHAT?!
A: I want to be an herb smoothie.
B: Stop being such a pesto.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Bridle Shower


I thought this up for a friend's bridal shower but I got her proper gifts from her registry, as those would be more appreciated than horse tackle. It's like bringing flours to a floral party - depending on the person, punny can be appropriate but you really have to know them. And even then, still don't turn life into a joke. Maybe. But make a punny card.

Text:
J: Why did you get me a saddle and stirrups and spurs?
L: You said it was a bridle shower!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Aladdin's Jams


We went to see the new Aladdin movie with our two oldest nieces and it was a nice time. The remake didn't stray too far from the original material, and the music was nice. The costuming was vibrant and I think they did a good job of casting but that's always a hotly debated topic. I think the Disney movies with humans as main characters can be improved with a live-action remake, but I'm not a huge fan of the animal ones getting remade. I am a rather big fan of traditional animation - I like sketching and I like the look of hand-drawn cartoons/comics :)

Text:
I love you more than Aladdin loves jams

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Blessing Deep Undercover


Another take on the blessing-in-disguise outfit, but this time going further. Some bad situations (like getting robbed) could be seen in hindsight as a blessing when considering the bigger picture, maybe?

Text:
R: I'm a blessing in disguise.
I: You look like a robber.
R: I'm deep undercover.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Duck-Fil-A


My brother had this idea so I drew it out. It would be all duck on the menu, with the deer as spokes-animals advertising to Eat More Duck. I'm not sure how the price of duck compares to the price of chicken in the deep woods, but maybe they're close?

Text:
Deer holding sign: EAT MOR DUK
Subtext: Duck-Fil-A, coming to a backwoods near you!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Physical


I took all math for my math/science electives in college, so I don't know much about physics, but I don't think that's how it works. But we are physical, so maybe...
My college changed the Software Engineering requirements after I graduated and made the electives just science so I guess I was using a loophole to avoid all science classes in college (I didn't take a single one). Science is great and all but I don't overly enjoy it (I did enjoy parts of it, and I had a great teacher in high school who made it interesting).

Text:
A: Physics uses lots of math, and we use lots of math, therefore we are partially physical.
B: *Ow* (holding head)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Foolish Man's Housing Choice


This is inspired by the end of my pastor's sermon on Luke 6:20-49. For those who don't know the song, the wise man built his house upon the rock and it survived the storm. But the foolish man built his house upon the sand and the house on the sand went SPLAT. The benefits of the beach-front property should be outweighed by the fact that it won't survive the oncoming storm. I liked drawing the stone foundation as an actual massive boulder because that's how I always saw it in my head as a kid and actually still currently.

Text:
**Looking at the house on the rock**
A: Nah, I like the beach-front property better.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Geometric Working an Angle


This was derived (haha) from the last comic which was extrapolated from a sermon titled "Plain Speech" which was not about math at all but I made the connection on my own. I don't know if I've used my protractor since graduation but there's a slim chance I have, in some sort of craft. But I cannot recall which one that would be. It's always good to have some math tools around in case.... I'm not sure what but surely there'd be a reason. Maybe I just can't part with them.

Also, Happy Father's Day to the best Dad and Dad-in-Law! I'm grateful for all that you've done for me and my man, and also specifically thankful for the love of math I got from my Dad.

Text:
Ruler: You're always working an angle!
Protractor: ...yes.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Geometric Straight Talk


Our pastor preached on the second half of Luke 6 and titled his sermon "Plain Speech" and that inspired this comic. You should listen to his sermon series on Luke - it is good.
I've used my compass a few times since finishing school because it's helpful with Pinterest crafts that require circles. I remember learning all the ways to use it in high school and I don't recall if I ever needed it in college, even with my math minor, but I'm glad I kept it so I could make an awesome unicorn birthday card for my niece.

Text:
Pencil: Give it to me straight!
Compass: I can't.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Assumptions


I haven't bothered to look up any sayings about assumptions, but I'm sure there are plenty from which to choose. I prefer to just quote this comic. Feel free to do the same. Maybe it'll become a phrase someday that people say and when they look up where it came to be, they'll find this comic. I'd appreciate that.

Text:
A: You know what they say about assumptions.
B: No, what?
A: I don't know, but surely there is a saying.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Day of Rest


This is extrapolated from a sermon in Luke 6 - it's an extrapolation that I made on my own and is not (as far as I know) supported by anyone at my church (we have a Keurig there with plenty of coffee options). I purposefully made the coffee thermos that big because that's how I feel about coffee addicts (it is about the height of her torso). To be fair, I do drink a black tea in the morning and I enjoy the little boost of caffeine. But I drink it black because I actually enjoy the taste of my beverage (Earl Grey, sometimes double bergamot).

Text:
A: Sunday is the day of rest.
L: Yes.
A: Therefore, no caffeine.
L: No.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Mohair


So this is also from the same sermon as the last but is based on a comment unrelated to the passage, and I actually don't remember why it came up but my pastor didn't know what mohair was and I looked it up because I knew it was a type of yarn but I was thinking it was camel hair. It's actually from goats and is highly prized. Maybe someday I'll crochet with it.

Text:
L: Mohair, mo' problems, am I right?
S: I DON'T KNOW?

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Taxer of Patience


This is also from the same sermon as the last comic but more extrapolated, as this is a blend of what Jesus had said to the fishers he recruited rather than to the tax collector of His group. Here is the passage as well. To be clear, this is historical fiction, emphasis on the fiction as I'm fairly certain this didn't happen. We don't have a play-by-play however, so the possibility exists that it could have happened.

Text:
J: I will make you fishers of men.
M: Can I be a taxer of men?
J: No.
M: Can I be a taxer of patience?
J: Apparently yes.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Refuse the Answer



Here's the sermon from which this was inspired.
Our pastor is doing a sermon series in Luke and has been preaching his way through and I recommend listening to any of his sermons in the series (or any of his sermons in general but I was staying on topic). My thoughts come out in comics a lot, even (especially) when listening to sermons.
In the passage noted, Jesus had healed a man by saying his sins were forgiven, and the religious leaders had this response, and Jesus did not have the response in this comic but it's more of a paraphrase.

Also, totally unrelated to the comic but it is related to the day, IT'S FRIDGE DAY! The day we remember when my mom got a new fridge and panicked.

Text:
P: Who can forgive sins, but God alone?!
J: You put 2 and 2 together but refuse 4 as the answer.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Moving the Door


There was a lot of text for this one, so I opted to type using my custom font which I like.
So the restroom configuration could be improved at my church, but it would require moving the door which is not the end of the world but would be a decent construction project. And I was thinking how it could go wrong and came up with this comic. I don't believe the project has gotten past the 'should we do this' phase, so it's nowhere close to happening. The restroom works as is, so there's no rush, and if there's no rush, it's not gonna happen. At least that's how it seems to work normally.

Test:
A: Why are the ladies mad at us? We are moving the restroom door, just like they requested.
B: I have no idea - we patched over the old doorway last week and we plan to install the new doorway in the coming weeks.

<Explanation - if you patch over the door and haven't cut in the new doorway, the room is inaccessible>

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Debugging


This is based on a shirt my husband got for his brother, which described debugging as being the detective in a mystery where you are also the murderer. It's surprisingly true. You push a nice change, QA says there's an issue, you look at what you just did a day or two ago and somehow nothing looks familiar. How is this data getting through here? It makes no sense anymore.

Text:
Title: Debugging
S: I know I did it but HOW?

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Harmor


Not sure how practical this would be, but I'm sure it would be unexpected. Kinda like in Black Panther how his suit stores up the energy of a hit then reflects it back (or something like that). I'm trying to think of how harmor (harm armor) would work, maybe the darts are somehow woven into the chain mail? Then ejected when needed? I think sci-fi should have this on their list of medieval options. Maybe I thought this up at the Renaissance Fair. Wow, I spelled Renaissance correctly on my first try! That was unexpected.

Text:
A: This chain mail shoots darts!
B: It's harmor!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

In A Nutshell


I thought this up while eating pistachios and seeing the bowl full of shells before dumping them in the compost bin and trying to think of a use for them. I'm sure there are plenty of crafty people who could paint and assemble shells in amazing ways and I could be one of those people but there are only so many hobbies one can keep. I like drawing comics and crocheting and violin and a few other things. I should get back to crocheting - I started on my Christmas gifts in January and did the classic - made a ton of progress for like two months then haven't picked it up since. Oh well.

Text:
A: Why are you keeping these pistachio shells?
B: In case I need to explain a tiny concept!
(Title: In A Nutshell)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Your Worst Nightmare


I was on Pinterest and I saw a Robin comic that I thought was funny so I saved it to my Happy Thoughts board and that's why I wrote a week of Batman&Robin comics.
I kinda thought this up also thinking of the part at the end of Mulan when Mushu scares the guys manning the fireworks by saying he's their worst nightmare and wearing a cape like Batman (and Cri-Kee was Robin).

Text:
T: Who are you?
B: Your worst nightmare.
T: True, I have always feared bats.
R: Holy coincidence, so did he!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Robin Eggs Candy


I was on Pinterest and I saw a Robin comic that I thought was funny so I saved it to my Happy Thoughts board. Then I thought up some of my own.
So Robin Eggs (as previously mentioned) are my favorite candy and I think it's just fitting for Robin to like them, too.

Text:
R: THESE ARE MY FAVORITE EASTER CANDY!!!
B: As long as you're not laying them.
A: Perhaps we should limit his sugar intake, Master Bruce.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Robin in Connecticut


Again, I was on Pinterest and I saw a Robin comic that I thought was funny so I saved it to my Happy Thoughts board and this inspired a week of comics. Robins are the state bird of Connecticut and therefore are protected there and you aren't allowed to kill them, even if one is attacking your truck's side mirror and crapping all over the side of your truck for several days before mysteriously disappearing. Praying Mantises are the state bird of CT and you aren't allowed to kill them, which is why we were not allowed to play on our play set as kids for like a week when a pod hatched next to the play set and the little baby mantises were covering our swings and slide.

Text:
B: Why did you leave Gotham and move to CT?!
R: Holy Protected Species, Batman.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Holy Moley


I was on Pinterest and I saw a Robin comic that I thought was funny so I saved it to my Happy Thoughts board which is just like it sounds, a board of things that make me happy. But now Pinterest thinks I like Batman which is incorrect, I just liked this one funny comic. But since I saw that comic I started seeing more Robin comics and then I thought up a few of my own. This one has probably been done before but it's a classic take on the classic Robin line, "Holy *noun*, Batman" which he used in the corny/classic Batman & Robin show I watched as a kid.

Text:
B: What critter could have dug these holes?
R: Holy Moley, Batman!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day


Happy Mother's Day!
This is based on my favorite line from a Dr. Seuss book. My favorite book when I was a kiddo was The Pokey Little Puppy but this one is a good one too. So many quotable lines from Dr. Seuss. Spend time with whomever is a mother to you!

Text:
I am glad you are my Mother. And that you are not a SNORT.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Orchestral Tuning


Thought this up while at a very nice concert with my in-laws. The concert was by ECCO ( http://eccorchestra.org/home ), the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. It was very nice. They had this number in the middle, just like all the other concerts I've been to. I wonder who wrote it. :)

Text:
*Mid-Concert Tuning*
L: Every orchestra knows this song, and it's never in the program!
M: It has a nice dissonance.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Wishy-Washy


I feel this could be used on most politicians. The old "I was for that before I was against that." But let's not be political about this - how about you use this on your friends (or parents) the next time they change their plans to hang out / let you hang out. I'm sure it will go over swimmingly.

Text:
Your support of my campaign has been both wishy and washy.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Topsy-Turvy


I think most parents can relate to this. You need to Marie Kondo that room :)

Text:
Your bedroom embodies the principles of both topsy and turvy.