I sang ‘Hanukkow’ to Alisa to get her opinion. She pointed out that cows only had four nipples. “Rats,” I thought. “Cow biology messes up the song.” But, no, she just gave me the punchline! Thanks sweetie.
Happy Hanukkah from Team Little Green Dog!
Toullie and Sister are dancing and singing:
Spinning, spinning like a dreidel
‘tato latkes, made o’ ‘tato
Lights a candle on an udder
Every night she lights anudder.
Sergeant: Cows have only four nipples you know.
Toullie and Sister stick their tongues out at Sergeant.
Toullie: Hanukkow has eight.
It’s an unusually cold, wet and rainy day here in Los Angeles. Seems like a good time for a beach cartoon.
Sergeant: I hate volleyball.
Toullie and Sister: Hee, hee, hee…
We’re now halfway through our fifth year of drought here in southern California. Many of our neighbors have switched to water-wise desert gardens or otherwise let their lawns die out completely. We stopped watering our lawn a couple of years ago but our grass is hanging in there. Sort of.
Toullie: Cawifornia is facing a water cwisis, so wemember…
If it’s yewwow, wet it mewwow,
And if it’s bwown, fwush it down.
Sergeant: In other words…
If it’s pee, let it be,
If it’s poo, down the loo.
Sister: No bath! Yay cwisis!
Lillian Gish once said: “You can get through life with bad manners, but it’s easier with good manners.” It’s true and you don’t even need to be sincere about it.
Sergeant: This is a toilet! You don’t play in it!
Toullie: If it’s called a ‘toy-wet’, why shouldn’t she pway in it?
Sergeant: Because we drink from it, silly.
Thank goodness potty jokes never go out of style or I would have nothing to write about.
Sister: I need to pee!
Sister: Too late.
I hope you enjoyed our adaptation of Carmen.
I’d been wanting to adapt Carmen ever since Alisa took me to see the Los Angeles Opera production back in 2008. It was the first time I saw an opera performed live on stage and it made a great impression on me. Eight years later, I finally got around to figuring out how to write and draw these strips.
Here are some of the costume designs.
You may have noticed that the knife doesn’t exist in any of the sketches. It was added as an afterthought. Originally, I didn’t think it was necessary to show the murder weapon but changed my mind the day after I drew the strip.
If you’ve never seen the opera and get a chance to, I highly recommend it. Personally, I’d love to go to another one some day but it’s really just too expensive for me.
Toreador, en garde! Toreador, Toreador!
Et songe bien, oui, songe en combattant
Qu’un oeil noir te regarde,
Et que l’amour t’attend,
Toreador, L’amour t’attend!
Sergeant: You can arrest me. I was the one who killed her! Ah! Carmen! My adored Carmen!
Sister: All done! No more singing!
Action and romance! If you’ve never seen the original opera, take notes for school because this is the same exact thing. No, really it is!
Sister: I look for Carmen
Toullie: Oh, l’amour! They are fighting over me.
Continuing our tragic interpretation of Bizet’s opera,
To-to-ro roar in ga-a-arden!
To-to-ro ROAR! To-to-ro roar.
Eet sum beenie weenie anna ba-na-na!
Can I know otter ca-a-a-rd?
It gay lemon kitten
To-to-ro roar in ga-a-arden!
To-to-ro ROAR! To-to-ro roar…
Toullie: Sooo…to the secret mountain hide away?
Sergeant: If it’s far away from here, then yes!
Beginning a four part adaptation of the famous opera by Georges Bizet.
L’amour est enfant de bohème;
il n’a jamais, jamais, connu de loi.
Si tu ne m’aimes pas, je t’aime,
et si je t’aime, prends garde à toi!
Toullie: Prends garde à toi!
Sister: Bad kitty!
Toullie: If you wet me go, Don Jose, I will give you a kiss!
Sergeant: I’m ignooooring you!
Toullie: Fine, I’ll kiss you anyway!
I thought the concept sketch for this one was interesting because of the location where I doodled it. According to the note, I got this idea while I was wandering around Mosaic Canyon in Death Valley last winter. Not sure why I was thinking of ramen noodles at the time. Maybe because I was freezing my butt off out there?
Here’s the sketch version of the comic.