Little Matt and Teddy have already decided to bravely head into next week. Ahead of them is, as always, a big blank canvas, and the hope that on the other side are five new comics that don’t exist yet.
Making a daily comic is hard. Thankfully I have some giant shoulders to stand on. Where would I be without A.A. Milne and E.H Shepard’s Christopher Robin and Pooh to guide me? Lost, like Piglet in the Hundred Acre Wood. Dr. Seuss and Charles Schultz – I am always looking back on your stuff for help. Thank you for guiding me, gentlemen. And as always, thanks to the Mister G Kids adjunct think-tank: Mike & Zan Olson.
See you on the other side, everyone! Next week, we’ll reflect on six months of Mister G Kids. And as always, thank you for coming back to enjoy it!
Some folks have responded well to the character of Teddy, found sprinkled throughout my comics over the years, most recently here and here. I just thought you might find it cool that Teddy is a stock comic character who’s been with me for over 20 years.
This is a drawing I made in 1991 (you can see the date and an early form of a signature I was trying out on the far right). This version of Teddy is my brother Mark’s bear – the very fat body with the tiny feet that always made me laugh because he’s so cute and wouldn’t be able to walk if he tried. Here you can see Teddy doing all sorts of fun things. Yes, there is even a Hitler teddy in there trying to bring the party down, but that’s not gonna’ happen! Too many Teddies having a good time!
The other cute thing about this Teddy is that he doesn’t have a mouth, so it gives him a profound mime-like quality, like an Emmett Kelly clown, or Mr. Bean. This is another thing that makes him interesting to draw and put into situations. Even without a mouth, he can be very expressive, but always observant and interested.
It’s Epic Friday! These days can be for fantasy comics or child-like wish fulfillment. So today I wanted to draw a picture of something really cool – my childhood teddy bear growing giant and carrying me to school! (Actually this is a hybrid of my bear and my brother Mark’s bear. His bear had a round body like this, but stubby legs. My bear had long limbs, but a beat-up not-so-cute face. So I took the best of both bears.)
Yes, that is a Crayola Crayon sky! It’s a color called “robin’s egg blue” from the 120-pack. Back in my day, the alternatives to blue were cornflower and periwinkle, both of which sucked. Today’s kids: you are lucky!
Have a great weekend, everybody! See you tomorrow for Weekend Kids #5!