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.

Big Ol’ Toaster Head

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© Little Dog Comics 2015

If you saw the last post you may have noticed that Kid Universal looks a little different than how I’ve drawn him in the past. Most notably he’s got a big ol’ toaster head and a tiny body. When you design a character it takes a while to figure out the finer points of a character’s personality. Even harder, how to show that through a drawing.

I think of Kid as being like a child, 8-10 years old, full of energy and ceaseless wonder. Looking over my work I managed to capture that feeling only a few times. That is until I started playing around with his shapes and proportions. I came up with a design that is similar to what’s featured in this post. It had more energy than my previous design and making him shorter allows for more visual variance when he’s next to Louis Coulon, and comedic possibilities. Think of how Laurel and Hardy played off of their physical differences in their comedy.

After settling on a design made this model sheet to help me stay consistent when drawing Kid Universal in the future.

Rock’Em Sock’Em

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Kid Universal, the pint-sized powerhouse vs. Sherman, the titanium titan. Two robots battling it out in the Rock’Em Sock’Em match of any century. Kid flies in with a haymaker -and wait- Sherman goes down. The match is over already? Guess the the notorious time disruptor isn’t as bad as everyone thought. The story concludes in the next installment of Kid Universal.

I’m sorry to leave everyone hanging but the final page won’t be ready to post until October 2nd but please check in next Friday for some watercolor portraits of Kid and Sherman.

Next month I’ll be participating in Inktober, a daily drawing challenge started by Jake Parker. You can follow my progress on Instagram and Twitter @hellopinello for both accounts. Also, I’ll post the daily drawings on the Little Dog Comics Facebook page. To see other people who are participating check the hashtag #inktober on all of your social media sites. Inktober begins October 1st and runs through the whole month.

I have one last announcement to make. October 27th is the first anniversary of Little Dog Comics. To celebrate I’m giving away a bunch of art and prints. Come back Wednesday September 24th for details on how you can win.

Kid Universal Issue 1 Panel 1

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After last weeks recap we “dive” into the story. In this panel Kid mentions the time bleed. I don’t plan on spending much time explaining what that is with in the story as context should help with that. Since there is only one panel so far and no context I feel I should explain. The time bleed is what allows Kid to travel within time/space. That’s all I want to say about it for the moment. Pay attention to the colors used in this panel as they will appear again and begin to represent important things in the story.

For now, I plan to post one panel a week. I’d like to post full pages but until I build a larger back stock of pages I don’t think I can maintain a weekly posting schedule. I’ll keep a running archive of full pages here so you can check that every 3-4 weeks to see the pages as I intended them to look.

And who’s speaking off panel? Might be a while before you find out!

Kid Universal Recap

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When I was eleven years old my mom brought  home the best garage sale score ever. It was a foot and a half tall stack of comics from the eighties. There must have been a hundred or more. The first thing I did before reading them was to organize them alphabetically by title then by issue number. That’s when I noticed something was off. For example, I had Green Lantern 188 and 189 then there was a gap and I had issue 200. All the other titles were like this too. The collection was full of holes! Each gap in the story was a mystery to me that I might one day solve if i could only come across those missing issues. With Kid Universal I want you to have that same experience I had when I was eleven so I created this recap page. Currently there are no previous issues but maybe someday I’ll get to those missing issues. Next week we dive into the middle of the story.

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Time Saving Techniques!

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I’m finally launching Kid Universal! This is the cover for the first story line called Time Saving Techniques. Each week I’ll post one panel and I’ll keep an archive in a link on the left side of the page. Your feedback is needed and greatly appreciated. If you like what I’m doing or think I could do something better send me an email littledogcomics@gmail.com