My father-in-law, Hank, who is also my life's mentor loved the image of Herman getting zapped. Of all my commercial, medical, fine art, or cartoon drawings/paintinings, this was always his favorite. And by the way, Herman was his dog not mine.
What can I say, OUCH! I am enjoying the strip again and hope you are too. I did hear some encouraging words about the strip from KM. I sure appreciated them. Thank you!
As far a character development goes, I deleted the whiskers on Mike. I still have mine, but then I don't draw me everyday. Hope you enjoy the DH. Terry LeRoy
I know how Herman feels. When I installed an in-ground doggie fence, yes, I tried it on myself to make sure I did not hurt our pooch, April. Well to say the least, it was set too high. It really hurt. So be careful when you set the level of shock for your pet. p.s. I don't hear very well so I didn't hear the warning beep.
I was thinking about character development the last few days and started drawing the dad, Mike, from different angles. Not only has it been a while since I've drawn several views of Mike, but since this strip was created sixteen years ago, my artistic skills (I hope!) have improved. So in future strips you'll see simplified characters.
This, thank the Lord, is the last of the premise, start-up strips. Now we know Herman can talk and that he only prefers to talk to Mike. Now let's just have some fun.
I grew up with Warner Bros. cartoons, but the best were by Tex Avery. He was the master of the original gags. If you get a chance Google Tex and watch some of his work. It still makes me giggle. That to me is what cartooning is about. It has morphed into smut and that is soooooo sad.
Don't forget to leave me your ideas for the strip. If I use them you will get written credit and the original inked panel.
Have a great week!
As promised, here is the first strip panel of the "Dog House." Please meet Mike, Katie, and Herman.
The idea of a talking dog is not new, but I think you will get some smiles from the family strip. And, I promise to keep it a "family" strip.
So, enjoy it and send me your ideas. I will incorporate some of them into the strip and give you credit
I created the cartoon strip, The Dog House, and submitted it to my then syndicate King Features but it was not picked up. Go figure. But years later, with the advent of the web and self-publishing, I have decided to get it out of moth balls and share it with the world. I'll have it up next week. Hope you like it.