Here on Gralen And Jeddy’s Isle

I was a big fan of Gilligan’s Island when I was little.  Still am(a big fan, not little).
So naturally I had to drag some of the crew of The Minnow into one of my Gralen And Jeddy episodes.
It’s not very funny.  In fact, now that I look at it, it is kind of hard to understand as well.  Why are there so many Gilligans, and in one spot?  If you have a theory on that, please let me know.
I guess maybe it could be like one of those “Gilligan’s Island” kind of questions that defy explanation.  Like, “Why did the Howell’s bring so much money and clothes along on a 3 hour tour?”  And “If the Professor was so smart and could make just about anything out of bamboo and coconut shells, how come he couldn’t fix the boat?”

Oh well, pondering is good for the brain.  I’d better go ponder some more.

Winter in Gralen And Jeddy’s Universe

Since it is that time of year, when I look outside and all I see is the ground covered in white stuff(and no, it isn’t mashed potatoes), I thought I would upload a couple of my more “wintery” Gralen And Jeddy comic strips.

Yes, apparently it even snows in cartoon land.

I guess I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the new characters in the first strip in this post.  Somewhere along the way I decided that Gralen should be married and have a child as well, so I brought in Jenny(Gralen’s wife) and their son, Jessy.
Don’t ask me where Gralen met Jenny-another talking dinosaur.  Maybe Jurassic Park had a singles club, who knows?!

P.S. In case you can’t read the first panel of the second strip, Jeddy is asking Gralen, “Do you like Skiing, Gralen?”

Another episode, with only Gralen.  And some spiders.
Now, if you want to get technical, I’ve learned(just today) that some Daddy Long Legs, while they are Arachnids, aren’t even spiders.  At least this one isn’t, because it doesn’t have two parts to its body, and the spider ones do.  Also, the Black Widow, while the classification “Theridiidae” is correct, that is just the family it belongs to.  The scientific name for it though is “Latrodectus”.
At least, I think so.  I read it on the internet, and we all know that they can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true.  Of course, if any Arachnologists read this post and have better information on my research, feel free to correct me in the comments below.

Since this episode is pretty readable, I won’t transcribe the action. 😉

My First Comic Strip – Gralen And Jeddy

The first comic strip I ever attempted was about a boy with glasses named Jeddy, and his dinosaur buddy named Gralen(hmmm, I wore glasses back then – I wonder who the boy was based on?!).  It was also the comic strip I drew the most.

I don’t think this one is the first ever Gralen and Jeddy cartoon, but since I tended to have this thing against putting dates on my drawings, writings, etc.  We’ll never know.

In case you are wondering, I came up with the name “Gralen” from Roddy McDowall’s character “Galen” from the “Planet Of The Apes” tv series.  I loved all the “Apes” films and the consequent tv series, and, though I never knew a talking ape, I thought Roddy McDowall made the best talking ape around!
I don’t really know how I came up with the boy’s name of “Jeddy”.  I think I chose it just because it “flowed” together well with Gralen’s name.

In case the words in the panels are hard to read, I will “transcribe” the dialogue.  And I probably will with most of my cartoons, as they were always in perpetual “rough draft” form.  I wasn’t drawing them for a paper, after all.

Starting with the first panel on the left and going across and then down, Gralen and Jeddy are driving down the road(yes, I know what you are thinking.  Where would a dinosaur keep his driver’s license?), and Jeddy comments to Gralen: “It Sure is a nice day to go driving in my new car, isn’t it, Gralen?”
Gralen: “Yep!”  Jeddy spies a bird up ahead in the road: “Oh No!”  “Gralen, kill the engine, quick!”
Gralen looks perplexed at this request(Hey, he is a dinosaur, so although he can talk, and drive, he apparently hasn’t picked up on all the vernacular yet), so he pulls out his machine gun and naturally, shoots the engine.
After an explosion, Jeddy, using bad language, says “Gralen, you &*#%!”
To which Gralen replies, “Well, you did say to Kill the engine, so I did “kill” the engine.”  Jeddy just sighs: “What?!  Oh, why me?!”

And that is the end.  Of that episode.  But I have plenty more.
You can either take that as an invitation to come back and read more “Gralen and Jeddy” cartoons(as well as my other cartoons), or you can take that as a warning. 😉  Just remember, I was just a kid in my single digits when I made started making these, so don’t be too mean in your comments. 🙂

Thanks for reading!