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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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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.

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.

Tonal Study

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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.

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. 

Anniversary Giveaway

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Thank you Zack and Josh for entering this year’s art giveaway and spreading the word about Little Dog Comics. I’ll be contacting both of you about delivering your prizes. But nobody has to leave empty handed today. In celebration of Little Dog Comics’ first anniversary I’m giving away a free pdf of Kid Universal. You can download it to your tablet or phone or read it in a web browser. Just click on the Kid Universal tab at the top of the page or follow this link.

Thank you to everyone who follows this site. I have many things in the works for year two and I hope you stick around to see what’s coming next like the return of Agent Pickle in a fully painted story!

 

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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Inktober

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Inktober is upon us! For the last week I’ve been posting daily drawings on Instagram and Twitter. In between my usual posts I’ll post recaps from Inktober. I like this drawing so much that I think I’ll color it and make a print.  He’s Ba’Gel the cosmic deity of creativity. I plan on introducing him in Little Dog Comics in the future. Think of him like the Muse from Greek Mythology.

The Little Dog Comics Giveaway is still going on. Only two people have entered so far so your chances of winning are nearly 100%. Check out the Win Original Art post for more details.

Last thing, I could use a little help keeping the site going. I love making art and comics and will keep posting them here for free no matter what. But there are some costs associated with doing this. If you want to help please subscribe to Little Dog Comics at Patreon for just $1 a month. The best thing you can do, though, is tell your friends about the site.

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