Mutant Mail-Box

Published on by Charlie Boatner.

David from Queens, New York, noticed Part One ending recently and asks, “What’s up, doc, for Part Two?” 

Important question!  First, the Snoof can't escape a trip to the giant, terrifying shopping mall.  Then our heroes ride a bus.  Then I might actually get around to justifying the title of this comic strip.  -Charlie



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The Kid's Still Got It

Published on by Charlie Boatner.

As I left the subway platform, I saw a boy ahead of me, standing at the top of the stairs, blocking my quick exit.  As I got closer, I realized that he was reading a book.  “How careless,” I fumed. 

He walked painfully slowly down the stairs, step by step, eyes never leaving the book.  When I edged past him, I saw it was a Harry Potter book.

Leaving the station, I looked back and saw him motionless at the bottom of the stairs, still transfixed. 

"How cool," I smiled.



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Non sequitur

Published on by Charlie Boatner.

In 1963, National Periodical Publications first published a comics series called The Doom Patrol  <link> Patrol  about three heroes – a robot man, another man who could release an energized spirit from his body, and a woman who could get big. 

In 2002, Kerry Callen created a comics series called Halo & Sprocket <linkabout three roommates – a robot, an angel, and a woman with a big personality. 

A couple of years ago, I thought time was due for a mash-up.



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Ruff and Reddy and Finn and Jake

Published on by Charlie Boatner.

Consider this:  A pale-furred, jowly dog who speaks with a country accent.  He goes adventuring with his pal, meeting talking machines, creatures out of Fable, and other beasties. 

This could describe Reddy of The Ruff and Reddy Show (original airdate 1957) or Jake of Adventure Time (original airdate 53 years later).   Only Jake is shorter and bald, and his eyes look like corrective lenses for extreme nearsightedness. 

I propose they are one and the same.  Between visits with Ruff in the Old Age Home for Toons, an aging Reddy goes adventuring with Finn under the name “Jake.”

ADVENTURE TIME and all related characters and elements are trademarks of 
and © Cartoon Network

RUFF AND REDDY are trademarks of and © Hanna-Barbera.

 



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Bureau of Beasties: Martian Division

Published on by Charlie Boatner.

Big News from Wikipedia.  The theme music for the old sci-fi sitcom “My Favorite Martian” was performed on an electro-theremin by Paul Tanner, a former member of Glenn Miller's band. That spooky sound persuaded Brian Wilson to ask Tanner to work with the Beach Boys on "Good Vibrations."

Meanwhile, in the episodes themselves, I always noticed a painting hanging on the wall of the main apartment set.  In my surreal imagination, I assumed the painting showed some sort of mutant kiwi bird with a trunk, pecking across the sands of Mars. 

For better or worse, the internet has set me straight.  It was a normal bull, upside down; in a reproduction of an 1801 woodblock print by Sawa Sekkyo.  Thanks to J.H. Harison on her site http://members.tripod.com/~jhh_2/TVMFM.htm



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Mutant Mail-Box

Published on by Charlie Boatner.

Pam of Pamosworld.com had some questions about page 2.5  and before (and about the page numbers themselves).

"There were some scenes I didn’t quite understand like the one where he finds his “kickstart” money. (That joke was funny but I didn’t get the long scene.)

"Also, I didn’t understand the nomenclature (.5?) on your Archive page."

The Snoof was just philosophizing to himself about his solitary situation.  Ultimately he decided that buying a TV and stopping thinking was the best plan.

The page numbering is for my benefit (I draw two cartoons on one piece of art board, so 2.5 is the bottom half of the second board).  If it bothers more people, I will have to rethink.

Thanks for your thoughts!



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Mutant Mail-Box

Published on by Charlie Boatner.

I’m planning to use this blog as a letters page. 

Letters pages are fine things.  For years, I’ve written letters to comic books, like Thor, Supreme, and Savage Dragon.

I’ve also answered them.  From 2004 to 2010, I compiled letter pages for comic books in the DC Comics' line, like Scooby-Doo and Teen Titans Go -- I was Johnny DC!

If you have comments, questions, or wise counsel, you can write me using the form on the FEEDBACK link.  I’ll post some of the letters here, with answers. 

But if you're reading the strip silently, that's cool.



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Hello!

Published on by Charlie Boatner.

As a child, every cartoonist starts out writing AND drawing -- putting down characters with balloons over their heads.  (I used a #2 pencil on typewriter paper.)

When we start to play with others or, worse, try to go professional, we’re often asked to specialize -- write OR pencil OR letter (or do “flats” whatever the heck they are). 

So I’m excited to be writing AND drawing again.  Hawk quill pen and Photoshop are a little more complicated than #2 pencil and typewriter paper, but they do expand the reach to the audience.

P.S. Updates will be erratic, which I blame on my day job.



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