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.
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.