I’ve recently been working on translating a number of Birthday Street comics into short animations. You can see all of them on the animation page of my site. Here are a pair that feature The World’s Greatest Hotdog.
That’s right! “Dear Rodney” is available as a printed comic book on this very website. Bask in the colors as they come alive on the page. Comb over the paper and feel its glossy texture. Breath deep and sniff the cozy, chemical, inky smell of comfort. Listen to the gratifying “whiff” sound of the pages as you turn them. This book is (almost) a feast for your senses (you probably don’t want to taste it)! Please read responsibly.
EXCITING NEWS!!! My debut on Comixology Submit is available… RIGHT NOW! For those unfamiliar, Comixology is a site where you can buy digital comics, and Submit is their gateway for Indie creators. Be sure to give it a rating.
Originally written by Cris Trout on his phone’s Notes app, screenshot, then posted to Instagram, and then adapted into a comic book by me. “Dear Rodney” is the story of two bungling roommates that communicate through passive aggressive semi-legible notes. Follow the misadventures of Chollie as he fumbles through urban life with and without Rodney. It is loads of fun!
The World’s Greatest Hotted Dog is one of my favorite Birthday Street characters. He was created by Matt Sutter as a part of our collaborative comic endeavor with Kevin Cornell. Kevin is in the process of reposting colorized versions of all of the Birthday Street stuff and I’ve been hit with a wave of nostalgia as I page through them.
It took a little while for this little hot dog to show up in the series. In fact it wasn’t until the 148 comic! You can see here what makes him so great:
To me he’s sort of like the cartoon mascot in a commercial for cereal. He’s sassy, surprising, good natured, and a pretty cool dude. Somebody you wish was your best friend. I never attempted my own comics featuring the W.G.H.D. Probably because it’s intimidating to create one with a character that doesn’t speak. Since Birthday Street’s goal was to be a humor site, creating visual gags didn’t play to my strengths. Matt and Kevin did such an excellent job with this character and I enjoyed his every appearance.
Kevin Cornell has been hard at work adding a bit of color to the older Birthday Street comics. In other exciting news they’re now posted on Tumblr! Share them with your friends and family! The whole series isn’t uploaded yet, but there’s more than plenty to look at. TGIF!!!