As I'm reflecting on this strip from way back I'm reminded that we're presently about a month from both a federal and provincial election. Our country is choosing a new leader, either the same old guy, the new old guy or the new young guy...aside from that I'm not expecting any big changes. I don't think either of them are ready!|
First panel, a history lesson followed by the April Fool's joke. Note the jolly beavers! I could not let the Baby Bonus pass without mention, nor the dig at Toronto's construction (we built that city on Fish and Brewis)!
The Rashers and Rounders came from a good friend of mine from Marystown. This was the recipe that his family used...or something like that). Also in panel six, I'm going to take credit for showing that the common man in both Newfoundland & Labrador and Quebec can get along quite well...over a beer. In my opinion 'Newfoundlanders' and 'Quebecers' are the most alike in the country, both definite cultures built around simple living and hard work.
Mt. Scio grows and makes summer savory, a flavour that cannot be replicated on the mainland. I know for a fact that this delight is in every cupboard that hosts a Sunday Supper. Those living away find a way to obtain it, like a drug!
This one cracked me up to draw! Is there something odd about laughing at your own gags? If so I'm guilty! I remember when I was growing up, Graham Kerr, the 'Galloping Gourmet' was on the tv when I would get home from school...always swilling down the wine. He was pretty funny and man, could he cook! I picked up a few tips from cooking shows along the way, none of which are reflected in this strip! Except maybe the boiler comment. Sponsors are the lifeblood of cooking shows so the fake doctors had to be there (showing off an old trick to fool the viewers)! As an added feature I had the studio audience making their comments with the lady passing judgement on her husband's chances of cooking cheeks in her house!
It was a true discipline to draw that same table eight times! Don't know if I would have the patience nowadays.
One of my favourite topics to write about and to illustrate! I have incorporated our weather into many projects I've undertaken over the years. It's ever-changing nature is always there to ...discuss. Or, more often than not, Cuss!
Panel 3 with the airplane is one of my proudest moments in drawing...I loved doing that one! The jet looks so dejected (is that a word? if not it is now). Panel 4 has the fellow lamenting his Trike; those off road death traps that eventually got replaced with the more stable (and less prone to flipping the driver over the handle bars) 'Quads.
Having practically grown up in 4x4's I know the ridicule of which I speak in panel 5. We used to drive around in blizzards looking for people to pull out of snowbanks...sort of community service.
Finally, I'm pointing out that there's beauty in winter...and fulfilling my obligation to produce a Valentine's Day strip! Boo-yah!!
This one reflects another bit of research that I did back in the day...Tea, and Newfoundland culture. As I remember, this was a bit of fun to draw, and also fun to think up the gags! First we have Clarence and Freddie Hardy heading off on skidoo for a night in the woods...with Clarence asking if the tea is packed. Then there's the semi detailed view of the arse end of a tall ship (in the style of the East India Company) followed by a series of scenes that I've actually lived! The conclusion of course is that Freddie did forget the tea and they end up drinking boiled snow!