Sunday, July 30, 2023

Queenly Children

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"Go get your brothers Peter and Eustice." 

Explanation: In the Chronicles of Narnia, Lucy is one of the protagonists while Jadis is a main antagonist. Please read "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" - it is an excellent book.

A: How dare you insinuate that I have a favorite child??? They are both queens!!! Lucy and Jadis, we are leaving! ... why are you always fighting?

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Turned into a Cow

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Guys, I think this is the most hilarious movie and you should watch it AND also if you look up the behind the scenes of how it was made, it's just so ridiculous and they will never make another movie like it. So many quotable lines, but this one is my favorite. At my old work, I drew a cow in a Viking helmet on my desk's whiteboard and he just had the text "Ummm..." 

Explanation: In the movie "The Emperor's New Groove", there is a scene where a group of guards get turned into various animals. One asks their leader "Um, I've been turned into a cow. Can I go home?" and she says "You're excused. Anyone else?" and they all look at each other and there are no more cows (just an ostrich, gorilla, octopus, etc.) so they say "Nope, we're all good!" and they continue on. It's quite humorous. This poster is satirizing the classic lawyer commercials about "If you or a loved one have been XYZ, you may be eliglible for compensation." Hmm, is it "have" or "has"? I feel it could go either way. 

If you or a loved one has been turned into a cow, You may be eligible to go home. *Cow wearing a Viking helmet*

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Fancy Water

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Over in Germany, the hotels we stayed at usually had water bottles in the room, and we learned that some were just water and some were seltzer - "Wasser mit Gas" - and I'm not a fan of seltzer. It's like a color that is mainly white but a drop or two of color - just enough to make you wonder, "is this blue or just white?" I want distinct colors and distinct flavors - not "water transported near a lemon."

Explanation: Berkey is a water filtration system. The word "Berkey" sounds like "burpie", and carbonated beverages (like seltzer) tend to make people burp. 

A: Would you like some Berkey® water?
B: Burpie water? You mean seltzer?

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Most Points

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Sometimes you have to break the news gently? The game in question was Play Nine, which is a rather simple and fun card game. Just like in golf, you want the least points in this game. 

J: Am I winning?!?
G: Well, you have the most points!
J: ... that's not good. 

Thursday, July 20, 2023

ABC Book

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 So we have this baby book and it's literally just A B C - no words or numbers to muddle up the message. There is a cartoony animal on each page, but it's not an animal that starts with the letter on said page - they seemed to have been picked at random. We also have a 1 2 3 book, but it actually counts up to 10. But the first three numbers are on the cover, meaning that the first page starts with 4. 

Update: I have made an Instagram page! But I'm still going to posting my comics here. I have changed my template size to be Instagram-friendly, so my new comics will be in the right format and will get posted over there as well as here. This should happen in a few weeks - I would like to finish out my already-created comics here, but I might mix in some Instagram-sized ones to see how they look over there. I'm also switching to using my kids' nicknames instead of real names, so you'll see Robin (gold crown) and Ori (silver crown) now in my comments. 

M: Does he have the ABC book?
L: You mean an alphabet book?
M: No, this one is just three pages. 
O: *holding baby book*

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Fly Fishing

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This is totally a normal fisherman and not someone going undercover (quite poorly) to get insider fishing information. Finding where all the best fish are? 

Explanation: I'm not sure what fly fishing is but I am fairly certain it is not fishing for flies. 

A: How was fly fishing?
B: Sadly, the flies were not biting today. 

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Coral Choral Chorale

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So many words sound like "coral" and mean totally different things - a color, a sea critter, an animal enclosure, putting animals in an enclosure, a musical number, and probably more! I couldn't fit them all in this comic, but I did look up the hex code for coral and used it for the bandanas. 

Explanation: chorale is a musical term and it sounds like corral which means to round up animals into a confined space. Basically this cowboy is going to have some musical animals but he really wanted them to be put back where they belong. 

A: Why did you hire a music director as a ranch hand?
B: He's gonna chorale the animals. 

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Dispensing Snacks Pleasantly

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 So much of parenting a toddler is just dispensing snacks. I believe my man was asking if he should give them to our toddler on a plate or in the snack trapper. I'm not sure how you would do what I said above, it was just the first phrase about dispensing that came to mind.  

M: How should I give the pretzels to her?
L: Dispense them as if they were pleasantries.
L2: Eat!!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Totally Different Movies: The Lizard of Oz

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My nieces came up with this when we were at a Wizard of Oz playground in the area - it's a super nice place! Pretty much everything in the playground is taken from the book, and it's very nicely done. No mentions of lizards, just the wizard. But it would be a cute twist if they were looking for the wizard but find a lizard, and a further twist would be if the lizard WAS the wizard. Would it be a highly trained lizard, or would it be a wizard who did a spell incorrectly and turned himself into a lizard? Who knows!

Title: Totally Different Movies Presents... The Lizard of Oz
Image: a lizard peeking out of a ruby red slipper.

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Hymn Singing

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I thought of this during a music service and now I think of it nearly every time the music leader uses this phraseology when explaining when we are singing the chorus. So clearly he's meaning sing verses one, two, then the chorus, then verse three etc. But the phrase could be taken to mean either singing verses one and two at the same time (would be the same tune but conflicting words) or we only need to stay together for the first two verses (would be discordant afterwards as everyone does what seems the right pace in their own eyes). 

Title: Hymn with four verses
P: Sing verses one and two together.
S: Like, at the same time?
L: Do we all go our own pace on the other verses?
Postscript: He meant skip the chorus between those verses.

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Daughter Glasses

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My sister gave us a pair of toddler sunglasses and my girl loves to wear them around the house. Sometimes she wears them outside but it's usually indoors. I've had to repair them a few times because she is not gentle with them, but they do bring her a lot of joy. 

M: She loves her sunglasses.
L: Don't you mean daughterglasses??
L2: *loving her ... tinted glasses*

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

States Not United

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This comic was inspired by current events, when that Wagner fellow marched towards Russia instead of Ukraine but then calmed down and it was all confusing? Who knows what the state of things will be by the time this comic posts. But I think of all the USA state names, Maryland is a solid contender for a new former-Russian country. Maybe Virginia, too? I feel like the states named after people (not Washington probably) are possibilities. So Carolina? Not north or south, just Carolina. And now I'm thinking through all the state names in a way I never have before.

A: What's on your mind?
B: I think that if countries want to break away from Russia, they should follow the example of Georgia and name themselves after USA states.
A: That's... a... interesting thought.

Sunday, July 2, 2023


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The first dinosaur is just a generic theropod, and the Allosaurus is a little scrunched up because I didn't size properly when I started drawing him. But I still like how they turned out. What colors were dinosaurs? We have no idea! My interest in dinosaurs started when I was in college and I saw the skeleton of a camel and realized the most distinctive feature of camels, their hump(s), is totally lacking when you just see the skeleton. We could be totally off about so many features! We haven't a clue about fatty deposits, or cartilage features, or spots vs stripes! There are a few that we have more information on, if they are found in solid mud and somehow extracted so the imprint remains. But it's all so fascinating! 

Explanation: An Allosaurus is a type of dinosaur. Some people say "allo" instead of "hello."

B: Why can't you say "hello" like a normal theropod?
A: Because I'm an "allo"saurus!