As the title suggests, we actually are, everywhere! Due I suppose to the fact that since our founding, Newfoundlanders have sailed, then later flown, to all corners of the globe just to make a living. Today is not a whole lot different than 500 years ago, just a broader band of employment opportunities.
I've often thought of the native peoples that where here when our ancestors showed up, as in panel 2...I'm pretty sure my interpretation is correct. How could it not be, given humanity's record on meeting new peoples? Further along in the strip there's the lady at the Rose Bowl Parade. She came about in my drawings because a story in the news that year told of just such a gal! I cannot forget to mention the part we have played in the armed forces. Our province has always answered the call and been represented by some of the best people we can offer. Respect.
Before I start, let me just say that I went the extra mile (kilometer?) when researching this strip...I actually took part in a flurry of 'Craft Fairs'! As is nearly always the case some of the items I saw for sale were in my humble opinion, not very crafty...but some other items I would elevate to the rank of 'Fine Art'! For one, the hand making of wonderful clothing, parkas, trigger mitts, etc. requires a skill and dedication that not many people have these days. For another, paintings and photographs presented by those well versed in the art of their discipines were breathtaking. But what I found most interesting about Craft Fairs were the people; both participants and prospective customers.
Panel 5 shows a comment I've heard over and over..."I could make that..." To those I say, "Yes, you probably could, but you're not going to are you?!" That's the whole point. A Craft Fair is a chance to pick up some locally made items and at a pretty good price to boot! Go on, I dare you!
Oh, by the way, I'm still searching for the answer to Panel 8...so if you know of any...
As the title suggests, this is yet another Christmas Strip! Which as the first panel explains, is only fitting. More thoughts on what I feel is Christmas commentary...
Panel 3 really is a bad pun...really! And you would need to know something about our magazine environment as well! Panel 5 was my way of answering a question that bothered me nearly every year...'wassailing' explained! Finally, what discussion about a Newfoundland Christmas would be complete without the Mummers!? And, finally, finally, my heartfelt thoughts throughout my life.
it worked! I can rest easy in the knowledge I've learned something new today...and it's only early here!!
this is an experiment...I'm trying to learn to create links to pages on this website (and other sites). Here goes! I want to create a link directly to my Sculpin Tickle page.
Yeh...Health Care was always an issue in Newfoundland & Labrador. This strip includes remedies that were kind of commonly spoken of when I was a lad, some of them pretty far fetched by today's standards! I can remember my parents talking about how they had to take a boat to the mainland (Newfoundland is the biggest island off the coast of Random Island) to see any medical resources back in the day before the 'Bar Bridge'. I threw the reference to the clergyman in because in my youth those guys all looked old, dressed in black and were scary as crap! The bread poultice? Actually worked. I had a splinter in my thumb as a child which got infected. It was terrible, oozed goop and hurt like hell! Antibiotics were scarce in western Labrador back in the days before dinosaurs so Ma whipped up a poultice, wrapped it around my thumb in gauze and taped it up. The mang was changed daily and eventually the infection was subdued. How did that work? No idea. Perhaps natural antibiotics from the rotting, wet bread?!
Now days of course there's a drug for everything...even a drug to get you off drugs!!
The thought behind this strip was brought about by many years living 'on the road' (I work as a design contractor in my day job, taking employment opportunities in many places). It's all based on my time away and my visits home. Panel 5 is a thought set in my head by my brother who, being the biggest homebody I know, was going through a lot of visitors during that time. He lives in Dunville, NL and the only tourist attraction in the area is Castle Hill in Placentia. Whenever anyone visited he was obliged to go to see the 'Hill' and often commented that he could do the tour himself!
Castle Hill is the site of the fortifications that were built to defend Placentia, the then French capital in the New World. History eventually had the French ousted and replaced by the British, who promptly made St. John's their capital.
I really enjoyed doing this strip, and I still find it amusing now, many years later! Semantics being what they are every panel is a twist on the words and their meanings. These drawings are normally meant for discussing over a few pints and having a laugh so I'm not going deep into them. Enough to say that "we're on top of the world"!!
Another summer strip! Wow, that's more than most summers around these parts.
Not a lot to say about this one that wasn't already mentioned in the previous posting...panel 4 is homage to Charles Shultz and Peanuts (he had a similar comment way way way back in my formative years). Number 6 brings up something that has always puzzled me; I've often seen people water their lawns if the rain lets up at all...it may have been raining every day for a month but someone will break out the hose if it goes a day or two! Crazy!
The saddest part of our summers is that they are so fleeting, as the last panel suggests. It seems we're just getting into the swing of summer and it's gone. sigh.
As I type this today, it is 02 November...far from summer! Especially this past one, since we didn't really have a 'proper summer'! This year winter rolled into spring completely smothering it. June and July were as cold and miserable as March and April most years! Then when the warmish weather wandered into our ecosystem during August, it was welcome, but a bit of 'too little, too late'.
It is true that we had a lovely September and that October was not bad, but ask my tomato plants why they aren't producing plump red fruit! There was no growing season!
So...I've wandered off topic slightly. This strip took in several views of summers over the years. All panels have their roots in reality. I've always been kind of proud of panels 2 and 4, for their thought, and panel 5 is a reflection of the early morning radio show that used to call itself the 'Dawn Patrol'. I changed the name to something just as fitting...since to this day I still can't handle much jabber in the morning. Just play me some music and keep quiet (an opinion only, not a criticism). Panel 7 was a redraw of a T-Shirt design I did back during the Hibernia heyday. It sold pretty good, given how accurate it was!
The thing with Newfoundland weather is that no matter how many times a writer addresses it, or how many times a cartoonist draws it, there will always be something to say about it...never a dull moment (except of course, when it's dull).