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© Shaun Pinello 2017

I’ve spent months working on new comics and I’m happy to say that I’m ready to share Bucky and Alma Forever: Best Friends. It will eventually be for sale in my shop but for the time being the only way to get it is to sign up for my email list. All you have to do is click the sign up link in the menu, or at the end of this post, and provide your name and email address. Then I’ll send you a pdf of the first chapter. It’s that easy.

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On Snails and the Things That Eat Them

By Shaun Pinello © Little Dog Comics 2016

We’ve got snails, lots of them. Jessie was the first to notice.

They all came out one day when it rained and she saw them on the walkway doing the kinds of things that snails do which doesn’t look like much as you pass by but her curiosity made her examine them more closely and she took videos. These videos peaked into the life of the animal behind the shell. A clip of a snail dipping its head into a cool puddle. A clip of a snail chewing a leaf. Each bite can be seen through its translucent head then going down the snail’s neck and disappearing behind its shell. When the rain stopped the snails retreated to the shade of the plants that lined the walkway.

Once we knew they were there we began to notice them more often. On summer evenings they come out to great each other, see what’s on the other side of they walkway, and feast on the shells of their dead. They really do eat their dead. Their shells are made of calcium and consuming the calcium from the dead snails’ shells fortifies the shells of the living snails.

In winter, just before the first frost, the snails burrow beneath the top layer of soil and hibernate. Jessie and I were not the only ones to notice. A pair of road runners have been dropping by daily to do dig up the snails, smash their shells, and eat their slimy insides. Once it gets warmer the road runners will switch to lizards but for now lizards are in short supply.

By the way, you can buy a print of this drawing from our Etsy shop.

Sketchbook Week o3

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By Shaun Pinello ©Little Dog Comics 2016

This is the week I feel like I got the hang of working on toned paper. The key seems to be to let the paper be your medium value even if your working in color. That means choosing colors that work well with the color of the paper. I’ve been using Copic markers and found a few I like. E11 and E13 are good for values just darker than the paper. E15 however has too much pigment and comes across as orange. I also like R20, R22 and R24. The first two are subtle pinks but use R24 sparingly as it’s more red and really stands out. (See Man with Clown Nose and Pipe) For shades lighter than the paper you have to use and opaque medium to mask the paper. I’ve been using a white Prismacolor brand colored pencil but I assume gauche or acrylic paint will work as well.

A few people have expressed interest in seeing these sketches printed in a book and I’m seriously considering it once I get around thirty finished. But first I want to see if there is a demand for a book like that. In order to do that I’ll be taking pre-orders. If you would like to get on our email list and be the first to know when orders open send us an email at littledogcomics@gmail.com

Sketchbook Week 02

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By Shaun Pinello ©Little Dog Comics 2016

Of the three sketches I made last week my favorite is the third one. That’s my dog Bucky. You may have seen him in last week’s post.

I’m still going strong with this sketchbook project. If you want to see them as I post them check out one of the following sites:

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And just for kicks, head over to our Etsy because I’m starting to post these for sale.

Bucky and Alma Forever

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By Shaun Pinello ©Little Dog Comics 2016

Theres a story behind the joke on this page. Not a great story but whatever. It’s my story and I’m going to tell it.

It goes back to 2011 when I worked at a nursing home. I was on my way home from work and for some reason I thought of Tutankhamun, you know King Tut, and how it sounds like toot’n’common. Like you have a toot in common. I know, I’m killing this joke right now, but it was funny to me at the time and the more I thought about it the funnier it got. It’s like when you were a kid and you insulted another kid on the playground and that kid’s like, “Very funny I bet that took you all night to think of that.” I’m the kid who stays up all night it case you didn’t get that. You probably got that.

This joke kept percolating in my head for weeks. I had the punchline but it took me a while  to get the set up. And once I had the set up I needed the perfect opportunity to spring this terrible joke on the world. And as luck would have it I worked somewhere where toots happened loud and often. The nursing home. Old people live there and for those of you who haven’t spent much time around old people, they have little to no control over their farts.

My main job was to go to someone’s room, help them out of bed or a chair, and take them to the gym for physical therapy. I was helping this lady move from an arm chair to a wheel chair. When she stood up she farted. A long raspy toot with hints of wetness. Most of the time the social convention is for both parties to act like nothing happened. You can’t even crack a smile. But she was really embarrassed so I felt like i should break the tension. I said, “You remind me of the Egyptian pharos, you both have a toot’n’common.” She laughed and we were best friends after that. At least until she forgot who I was thirty minutes later.

I warned you it wasn’t a good story but you still read it all the way through.

Sketch Book Week 01

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My nephew turned seven last month. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. Seems like just yesterday he was three and belting out Taylor Swift ( I knew you were twubble when you walked iiiin!) Anyway, I usually wrap his presents in brown paper and do a little sketch on them. This year he was so concerned about protecting the drawings that he asked for help opening his presents and saved the paper. After that I bought a small brown paper sketch book, about half the size of a sheet of copy paper, with the intent of doing three to four sketches in it every week. So far I’ve managed to keep up for two weeks and this week I started posting them on my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Patreon feeds. So pick your favorite social media outlet and follow me so you can see the sketches as I post them or check back here for the next time I do a re-cap like this.