Two for the price of one. Actually, just two on the same piece of paper. And you can look at them for free. What a deal.
I’ve never liked Valentine’s Day. I didn’t like it when I was single and I don’t like it now that I am married. It’s like it makes you feel bad when/because you DON’T have a “significant other” and it makes you feel bad when you DO by making you feel you always have to “one-up” your previous Valentine’s Day gifts and events/ideas. And Valentine’s Day marketing and advertising does nothing to help that in either situation.
That said, here is my one and only Valentine’s Day episode of Gralen and Jeddy. It is kind of nonsensical(I know, like which of my cartoons are not?!) because it starts with Jeddy and his girlfriend sitting on a park bench already with love in their eyes, and cupid has to come along and steal Jeddy away from her.
Hey, I thought Cupid’s job was to help bring people together not split them up! And they were already together as it was.
Ah well, it is better to have loved and lost(to Cupid of all people), than never to have… been made into a silly comic strip.
Like the title says, You Can’t Fix
StCupid. Enjoy, and for what it’s worth, Happy Valentine’s Day! 😉
First off, I would like to apologize. I tried, I really tried, to fix the condition that this episode of Gralen And Jeddy is in, because it is really horrible. But there is only so much that photo editing software can do, and I tried it all. There are small stains, probably what looks like a chocolate candy bar, and larger ones, which knowing me was probably chocolate milk. But those things, plus the fact that it was made with my usual habit of scrunching a lot of words together, makes it virtually unreadable(you should see the original BEFORE I “fixed” it). So thus, I will be transcribing the dialogue for this one.
It starts with Gralen and his son, Jessy, leaving a church service. Jessy then asks Gralen: “Gralen(don’t ask why he calls his dad by his first name), do you sometimes doubt God?”
To which Gralen replies: “Well, sometimes Jessy, even though you are not supposed to. And I think if you ask other people if they do doubt God, I think they’ll say no.”
Jessy: “Well, I am going to see. Bye!”
Gralen: “But wait…!”
The next panel consists of Jessy running around all over the neighborhood asking people if they doubt in God, with dotted lines marking his path, á la Family Circus.
Gralen: “Well, what did they say?”
Jessy(winded): “They all said no. Whew!!”
Gralen: “I told you they would. And what if I ask if you wanted to go jogging?”
Jessy: “I’d say no!!”(Falls over)
Gralen: “Ha Ha. Well then, let’s go home.”
Jessy: “I’m with you!”
Hmmmm, I wonder how many people would say “no” to Jessy’s question today.
Moving away temporarily from Gralen and Jeddy episodes to showcase another of my odd, random cartoons. This one I did probably in the late 80’s to early 90’s. It’s hard to tell because of my habit of not dating my cartoons. Maybe I could have them carbon-dated to be sure, or maybe the amount of yellowing of the paper could unveil their age to someone who knows how to read that sort of thing.
Anyway, this cartoon continues the “hot summer” theme of my last posting. I either drew this cartoon based on all the hot, summer nights I spent as a child(we didn’t have air conditioning. Not that it didn’t exist, we just didn’t have it) as a way to bear it, or else I drew it to fondly remember those hot, summer days.
Since we lived in Wisconsin(and still do), it could very well be the latter. Since summer here lasts only about 3 months.
In a good year.
For those of you who remember telephone booths(and phones with cords), this episode of Gralen & Jeddy might make more sense. At least a wee bit more.
What doesn’t make any sense is my drawing of a road runner that looks like it is part-duck and part-rooster. You’d think with all those years of watching Looney Tunes cartoons, I’d have done a better job of drawing one.
Note: You’ll notice another masterful job that I did of placing my pseudonym over my real name. I seem to be getting worse at that for some reason. 🙂
Or, at least, when text bubbles burst.
I know, I know, I am not even going to talk about how long it has been since my last post. But having a toddler son(and pre-teen daughter) really takes up a lot of time and energy.
Just ask poor Gralen here(nice segue, huh?), who in this comic strip is taking his son Jessy to task for his poor report card. In fact, Gralen gets so worked up, that his text bubble overloads with words and he ends up with a deflated mass of criticisms on top of himself.
Btw, this is the first strip I’ve dug out of my papers that I noticed has the date of when it was made, Oct. 9, 1980. Which I believe means I was in 8th grade when I did this one. Hmmm, I wonder if that had anything to do with the topic of bad grades?! Nah. 😉
I’ve never seen a radio controlled Viking ship, but they must exist somewhere, because Jeddy has one. And with Vikings all the rage nowadays, with “How to drain your dragon”, “Vikings”, and the like, I thought I would dust off this old episode with Jeddy thinking he is just going down to the pier(or lake, or pond) to enjoy his newly bought radio controlled Viking ship, but garnering a little more attention than he probably wanted to.
With summer on the way – sometime next year probably the way things are going here in Wisconsin – here is one of my “summery” strips. Notice Gralen’s changing facial structure in the second panel, and also the disappearing towel that he was holding in the first panel. Don’t know where it went. Maybe he stuffed it in his mouth and that is why his head looks like that.