Aby-a-Day – 3 April: My Three Abys (Cartoon Tuesday)

I really love old, classic television from the 50’s and 60’s. Shows like Get Smart, Dick Van Dyke, Dobie Gillis and Donna Reed are my catnip. I grew up watching them (some as they were aired, the older ones as reruns after school) and I miss the days when Nick at Night* would show them endlessly. I wish they would play them now, There’s a whole generation that’s missing out on these shows.

I also liked watching My Three Sons, because I was mesmerised by the opening credits. One day I said something about “my three Abys,” and, well…this happened.

*If you also watched Nick at Night in the late 80’s and early 90’s…you may remember the words to the My Three Sons theme song…

…You’re welcome.

Aby-a-Day – December 1: Behind what Somalis say (Cartoon Tuesday)

Another in my series of the sketches behind some of my favourite cartoons…in honour of Abyfriend Wendy’s blue girl Wren, whose birthday was yesterday, I thought I’d share the sketch behind last year’s April Fools Day cartoon.

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It’s rare for an artist to really like something they’ve drawn, but I’m extremely please with how the Somali versions of Vegard and Bård Ylvisaker turned out. They needed almost no changes from the original sketches to the final cartoon – that almost never happens!

Also, notice how Leo’s arm was not drawn around Wren’s shoulder. I drew each Aby separately, and put them together in Photoshop.

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Here’s the final cartoon. See how little Vegard and Bård changed from the sketch?

And if you still haven’t seen Ylvis‘ awesome video, well… you probably should:

Aby-a-Day – October 16: NEMO’s Infamous Costume Contest (Fashion Friday)

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“Who are you talking to?”
“That sounds like a really good deal…uh, it’s Jake, from State Farm.”

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“Jake, from State Farm, at three in the morning?! Who is this?”
“It’s Jake, from State Farm.”

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“What are you wearing, ‘Jake from State Farm’?”

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“Uhhh…Khakis…”

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“Well, she sounds hideous.”
“Well, she’s a cat, so…”

In case you haven’t seen the original commercial…I’ve been wanting to do this since I came up with my April Fool’s image back in 2012:

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But honestly, all the costumes this year were clever. We also had…

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…Homer Simpson and a donut…

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…Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf…

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…My friend Charlotte and her tortie Colorpoint Shorthair Arwen as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (last year, they along with Charlotte’s cream-point, were Galadriel, Legolas and Arwen from The Lord of the Rings).

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My friends Bob and Iris were Robin Hood and Maid Marian, along with Harold, a deer from Sherwood Forest.

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This little girl was a princess, and her shaded Persian was her Prince Charming.

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And last, but not least, we had a Harley biker gang.

And the winners were…

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Charlotte and Arwen as Fred and Ginger! And in second place…

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Jake! From State Farm!

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Charlotte and I were both thrilled to have won, having entered all three years with what were (according to other people and not just ourselves) ingenious and well-done costumes. As I told Charlotte, our victory wasn’t just this year’s costumes; like figure skating, our scores were based on our historical performance as well as the current one.

I’ll miss this contest when we move to Sweden, but FaceTiming with Björn while at the show gave me a brilliant idea. At the next show, I’ll FaceTime in during the contest, and I’ll be one of the judges!

Aby-a-Day – March 31: Three April Fool’s Moon (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is not actually based on the (in)famous Three Wolf Moon T-shirt. It’s actually based on the even more awesome Three Grumpy Cat Moon T-shirt and the equally hilarious (if slightly illegal) Three Keyboard Cat Moon T-shirt.

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It had to be done. And I am going to try to get a shirt made, too. I’m holding my breath to see if Zazzle will let me make this – if they do, I’ll try to make a version for sale:

The moon background is actually two different moon photos by Moon-WillowStock on DeviantArt.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – April 1: “What Does the Somali Say?” (Cartoon Tuesday)

It’s April Fool’s Day, so…

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Somalis are known as the fox cats, after all. And if you haven’t yet discovered Ylvis, well… here you go:

Last year, Gangnam Style, this year the fox…international and on trend!

In case you were wondering, the shorter Ruddy Somali is meant to be Vegard and the taller Fawn Somali is Bård. The Abys are Leo and Wren…Happy Birthday, Wendy!

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – April 2: Gangnam Style (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is one of those things that’s been in my head for a while and then finally just came out, fully formed, like Athena.

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What’s interesting about this is, the background is a photo I took of the neighbourhood we stayed at when we went to Seoul. What I didn’t know at the time is that we were actually staying in the Gangnam district! So Jacoby’s actually doing the horse dance in Gangnam-gu in this cartoon! Don’t you love it when things work out?

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That video is just so spoof-worthy that I couldn’t just leave it at that…so here are a few more scenes from the video, featuring cameos by Angel, Cousin Taz and Cousin Fire. You have to admit, it’s kind of perfect. Jacoby could totally be in PSY’s videos.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

More Foolery: Jacoby’s New Job & Bacon Litter

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but Jacoby got a job working for State Farm.

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They have a dress code over at State Farm, in case you weren’t aware…

Also, check out this ad for Fresh Step Organic Bacon Litter!

The power of activated carbon meets the scrumptious scent of freshly cooked bacon.

Activated carbon is absorbing and eliminating odors
Cat-activated clay provides pleasing sizzle sound
Scrumptious bacon scent makes your mouth water

Sadly, this litter is only available “where pigs fly”…