Presidential Report

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by ShaunPinello ©Little Dog Comics

When I made my last post I noticed the next post was scheduled for Lincoln’s birthday 2/12. I tried to make a page in time but was a day late so, “Happy belated birthday Lincoln.”

I did some research while coming up with ideas for this page and found out that Lincoln was a pretty funny guy. He seemed to have a joke or humorous anecdote for every situation. This page is based on a time when he was feeding his cat at the dinner table with a gold fork. His wife admonished him for it and he shot back, “If a gold for was good enough for Buchanan it’s good enough for Tabby.” Which is funny because James Buchanan was his unpopular predecessor.

Here’s some other interesting facts:

Abraham Lincoln did not like to be called Abe. He preferred to be called Lincoln.

He was a great animal lover. He had goats that lived on the White House lawn and were even permitted to go inside.

He was the first president to have a beard. That’s fifteen baby faced presidents before one was brave enough to rock the manly follicles. An interesting side note, out of forty-four presidents only nine have had beards.

Go here for more facts about Lincoln.

Mew Mew

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© Little Dog Comics 2015

In my original Kid Universal story you may remember that there was a band of parachuting cats. Now that I’m reworking that story I thought it would be a good idea to work up some designs for each cat as well as a back story for them. It may not all end up in this story but may find its way into a future one.

This Is Why

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Jessie had the idea that I should do single page comics of some of the side characters from Little Dog Comics. She was like, “what if Louis was at dinner and the cat kept stealing the food?” And I was like, “that’s perfect.” So I drew it. Then I noticed that each of the four panels, if played in a sequence, almost looked like an animation. For fun I made it into a gif. Watch and enjoy.

This Is Why Louis Coulon Has Trouble With Dinner by Jessie Doerpers and Shaun Pinello

Update:  Wordpress is acting crazy so click the image to see the gif. 

Louis and Lutin

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When I started Kid Universal I knew that he would need a mentor, someone to talk to, someone to fly a ship and have his back. Since Kid can travel through time I thought it would be cool to find an historical ship captain and have him be the pilot of a futuristic time traveling vessel. I did a few google searches and didn’t find any captains I connected with but then I came across an image that had nothing to do with what I was looking for yet was exactly what I needed. In the back of my mind I knew there would be parachuting cats in my story I just hadn’t figured out how to tie them in. And that image I came across provided me with a captain and a way to tie in the cats. Enter Louis Coulon. Not the French Canadian military officer famous for being the only opponent to force George Washington to surrender, I’m talking about the man with the eleven foot beard and what he carried within it.

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Not much information is available about him in English so I only know a few details. He was born February 1826 and died in 1904. The legend goes that at age 12 he began shaving but could not keep the blade sharp due to constant use. By age 14 his beard ahas 19 inches long. (Just for context, I haven’t shaved in a year and my beard is just shy of four inches.)

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By the way, you can now get Little Dog Comics related phone covers and other products. I just signed up with Nuvango who partners with various artists for high quality printing.

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Kid Universal Concludes

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Well, I finally wrapped up this Kid Universal short story but fear not, Kid and the gang will return. I learned a lot about making comics from doing these few pages. Soon I’ll repost all of them together along with a self critique. After all , you can’t grow as an artist if you can’t see what you need to work on.

Next week it’s watercolor portraits of Monsieur Coulon and his cat. Now that I typed that I realized there is a typo on this page and possibly on other pages.

A big thanks to everyone who’s been coming back month after month. I’ve been watching the stats and they keep going up so, again, thank you and please spread the word. The Little Dog Comics anniversary art giveaway is still going on. All you have to do to be entered to win is post about Little Dog Comics on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #ldcftw14.

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