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.
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.
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.
By Shaun Pinello ©Little Dog Comics 2016
“I am fond of only what comes from the heart.” -Martha Washington
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” -George Washington
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.
© Little Dog Comics 2015
When I started drawing dogs as superheroes I put the call out on the internet for suggestions. Barely a minute later my sister was the first to respond. She wanted to see her dog, Barley, as the Hulk. Knowing Barley, this is a perfect mash up (or smash up). He’s not an angry dog but he is a destructive force of nature in the tiny body of a Boston Terrier.
We’ll be back on 2/12 so don’t forget about us!
© Little Dog Comics 2016
There are two interests I hold above most others, dogs and comics. Kind of obvious, after all, this is Little Dog Comics. I try to mash them together as often as i can which lead to a series of dogs i know dressed as the super heroes I think they would be. If you would like own a drawing like this of your dog visit our Etsy shop.
You may notice that we haven’t had an update since April 2015. Almost a year! I know that’s a long time but we needed the time to develop great new content so that we won’t have gaps like this in the future. Our new schedule going forward will be every other Friday starting 1/29. See y’all soon.
I’ve been reworking some Kid Universal pages so that the artwork is more in line with the aesthetic I want for Little Dog Comics. The final pages will be done in ink wash with digital colors. Before moving on to the wash stage of the drawing I needed to get a handle on the tonal values. I made a copy of the pages (this is a double page spread) and did a value study in pencil. This process adds a lot of extra work but it helps me be more confident on the final page. Hopefully after a few more pages I won’t need to do this anymore.
I got a little more finished on my Louis Coulon project. This panel follows a one I posted recently of Louis and Monsieur Lutin fishing. Monsieur Lutin is the cat by the way.
Here’s a sneak peak at the line art for a Kid Universal die-cut Sticker I’m producing. Just need to finish colors and then it’s off to the printer. These will be high-quality, weatherproof, vinyl stickers.