Wagon Pain

Ok, you may or may not get the reference of the title in this installment of Gralen & Jeddy(or in this case, just “Gralen”), but there was a television show called “Wagon Train”, which I never watched, as it was a little before my time but I do remember hearing the title.  
Add to that that Gralen is being a “pain” in this one, and there you have the above title.  Sometimes thinking up a good title is really hard.  And in this case darn near impossible for some reason.

But on to the cartoon.

Isn’t it bad enough that poor little ants get stepped on, sprayed, eaten by…, well… anteaters, and generally get the short end of the stick in life.  But to then get chased off of your wagon by a talking dinosaur who’s laughing as you run off, without your wagon, is really a low blow.

Apparently Gralen has never met one of those giant ants from the movie “Them!”, or else he wouldn’t be so mean to them.  I haven’t met any of them, either.  Though some of the carpenter ants I’ve seen in the house can get pretty close.GralenWagonAntsEdit

Comic Strip Spinoffs

I used to love watching bugs.  I could sit for hours and hours just watching them do what they do.  Just ask my mom.  She always said she never had to worry about me running off and getting lost because she could always find me, usually staring at an ant hill.

Ants were my favorite bugs.  I guess because they were always doing something, and usually in one spot, like at their anthill.  These next three comic strips represent my attempt to spinoff Gralen and Jeddy into another comic strip about an ant named Collamer.

The first one is what I guess you could call the “pilot” episode.  It is still called “Gralen and Jeddy” even though Gralen only makes a cameo appearance at the end.  And the main character of Collamer the ant isn’t even in it, just some of his friends that I planned on using in future episodes, a fly and what I think was a dung beetle:

The first actual episode of Collamer which carried his name in the title dealt with what seemed to be a staple of a lot of my cartoons: Wordplay and the misunderstandings that can occur through language:

In testament to the non-stop activity of ants comes this final episode of Collamer.
There were only two “real” episodes of Collamer, if you don’t count the pilot which didn’t even have Collamer in it.  I don’t remember why I didn’t continue with Collamer.  It could be that Gralen and Jeddy were enough “work” for me, or it could be that… ants just aren’t that funny and are better just stared at for long hours.
You’ll notice some bleedthrough from the “other” episode of Collamer on the opposite side of the paper: