In Space, No One Can Hear You Laugh.

Which is probably a good thing in this case, or else people would think that Gralen and Jessy were a couple of rude buttheads.

But, as I stated in my previous post concerning my older cartoons(The Way Back Machine), a lot of the “punchlines” were simply the main character or characters laughing at the guest character’s predicament or…, the way that they talk.  They are certainly not trying to be rude.  They are like children, and when children see, or hear, something funny, they laugh.

If you take it as coming from a young boy with a weird imagination who grew up during a time when political correctness wasn’t even on the radar, maybe you can laugh along with him(and them).

Another thing you will notice about some of these older cartoons of mine, is that I used to make title pages for them(forgot I even did that) and would introduce the characters who were in that days cartoon.  Note that Jessy in this one is described as Gralen’s little brother instead of being Gralen’s son as in more recent episodes(already posted here).  The names would jump around with some characters , as you will see in future postings.  I think the only one who kept his name with his character was Gralen.  He was always the same dinosaur and always the lead.

And with that, here is “Moonlings“:

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The Way Back Machine

And I mean, way, way back.

Just when I thought I had already posted most of my old Gralen and Jeddy cartoons(except for the ones on the extra-big drawing pad that I still haven’t figured out how I am going to scan), my mother calls and tells me she has found another folder with more of my cartoons.

Most of these are even more crudely drawn than my other cartoons, and they usually consist of one character laughing at another character’s predicament, so I can safely say that most of these are older than the ones I have previously posted.  Probably early to mid 70’s, but I will have to ask my mother if she has any idea when I started drawing these, because I have no clue.

The first cartoon I am going to post is one whose joke I have used before, or rather, later, since this one is the earlier version.  But it has to do with the “telephone booth as mirage” trick that deserts like to play on unsuspecting dinosaurs. *See November 2013 post entitled, “Can you see me now?” to view the other similar cartoon*GralenMirageEdit

Doubting Jessy

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.

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Can you see me now?

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. 🙂

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When Text Bubbles Attack!

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. 😉