Vikings(not the Minnesota kind)

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.

Master of invective

I’ve noticed that Jeddy really didn’t get to voice many of the punch lines in this comic strip.  But in this one, he shows that he can be more than a nice, mild-mannered boy with a quick-witted comeback that seems to cut Gralen to the quick.
And not only does he manage to insult Gralen AND his grandpa(and his whole family) in one fell swoop, but he does it while listening in on Gralen’s conversation.  How’s that for nerve?!

Which came first, the dinosaur or the egg?

We’ve probably all felt like this baby dinosaur has felt at one time or another.  Sometimes when waking up we just want to crawl back under the covers and not have to deal with the mundane tasks and pressures of a new day, or when faced with meeting new people we just want to crawl back under our “shell” where it is comfy and familiar.

Whoa!  That’s getting a little too deep there, and a little too serious for this episode that is simply dealing with Gralen and Jenny’s new baby who, seeing the people he is going to be living with for at least the next 18 years, decides he likes the looks of things better in his egg.

I think he must have put a lock on that egg, because their baby is never seen or mentioned again after this episode.  Apparently he was a one-joke baby because I never used him/her again.

Note: If you haven’t noticed, my pen name has been skillfully added to this comic strip episode due to my real name being on the paper(I used the photo fixing software called Pixlr, btw).
What?!  You are probably saying, “Sterling Holobyte is not your real name?!  I never would have guessed!” 
Oh well, it’s the best I could do.  It is not that easy to match the color of old, yellowing notebook paper for some reason.

The State Of Television

Isn’t this just the state of television today… and yesterday?!
It seems you can’t watch anything anymore without there being a lot of “bleep bleeps”.

In case this comic is hard to read:  The dialogue from the tv says:  “We now return to Scared Straight.  Note:  The crude language will be cut out.”  Then “bleeps” and more “bleeps”.  “We thank you for joining in with us for “Scared Straight.

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:

Gralen and Jeddy – Politically Incorrect

Remember back in your youth when you could say things and everyone chalked it up to just being a kid and no one freaked out about how you might be offending someone and recommended intense therapy, tolerance training, and medication for you?  Though you may have gotten a swat on your behind or some soap in your mouth if you went too far.  If you grew up in the pre-1990’s society(and some of the ’80’s) you probably remember times like that.

Well, I was a kid before all this PC nonsense started happening, and therein lies the rationale, and rationalization, for this episode of Gralen And Jeddy.
It is not very nice, the comment that Jessy makes.  In fact, it could be described as downright mean… if you said this in real life.  But then, that is why it is written for an amateur comic strip and said by a talking dinosaur.  It is not “really” real life.

It is just the flippant musings of a kid who must have been feeling extra rascally that day, and for one reason or another found it funny.  I still do find it kind of funny.

…Though it is kind of mean. 😉

Brain the size of a pea….

Gralen and his wife Jenny’s son Jessy wasn’t too bright at times, as evidenced by these three episodes of “Gralen and Jeddy”. 
Jessy seems to be having a hard time figuring out that words – and the people saying them – don’t always mean what they say.

Suspense is “killing” me

Heart “attack”
“Bad” back

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!