“Laura’s Tailgate Party,” or, “The Lost Episode”

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So, it’s been awhile! Who would have thought that having a newborn in the house would take away time from drawing comics? I’ve been debating whether or not to make a return to the drawing board for some time now – I guess in some way I was waiting for the right mix of inspiration and motivation to get the ball rolling. I’m still working on a few details, but hopefully you’ll see some new Laura Knows Best┬ástarting in early May!

In the meantime, I’ve finally managed to sit down and complete the above strip, the events from which took place about a week-and-a-half before Finley made his debut. The reason it was never completed is simple – Laura went into labour. In fact, I think I may have been working on it in between contractions…

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this lost episode. See you again soon!

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Postpartum

Wow. A week has gone by already. Time has a funny way of slipping away when you’re in a waking coma, which is more or less how I’ve felt most of this week. I’d say I’m jealous of the hormones that seem to be giving Laura superhuman levels of energy, but she had to squeeze an 8 pound 3 ounce bundle of joy through her you know what. So she deserves to have them.

I hope you enjoyed last week’s real-time simulcast of the birth, but in case you missed it, check out the first part here. Events in real-life deviated ever so slightly – the car ride, for instance, was a lot less calm and there was little time to discuss nursery decor. In the end, though, Laura was a true champ – no meds needed, and she even had the resolve to hold the baby in while I ran back out to the car to find a parking spot where I wouldn’t be ticketed.

I thought I would take this opportunity to let long time readers know that I’m going to be taking a little time off the strip to deal with some other things that need to get done and to adjust to a new life and schedule with a newborn. Expect a return of some kind in the New Year.

In the meantime, let me introduce the newest member of our cast, Finley:

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“The Birth” (Part 4)

LKB_TheBirthP3_Web The no-holds barred comics event of the year continues. and nothing going to stop Laura from getting that baby outta there! For those of you who’ve been following these past 20 hours, you already know that cartoon Laura and her real-life counterpart are both in labour at this exact instant! By the looks of things, we’re not far away from the big event! Next: A baby is born!

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“The Birth” (Part 3)

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Who knew that going into labour could be so funny?! Well, the real-life Laura probably isn’t laughing too much right about now, I can pretty much guarantee that. She also wouldn’t appreciate me saying that…Anyway, if you’re just tuning in now, make sure to check back in 5 hours as Laura prepares for the fight of her life in what could be the greatest contraction metaphor ever!

But before we celebrate the birth of our child, let’s take a moment to bask in the glow of the 100th Laura Knows Best strip! Yup, this is it, and what a way to celebrate! As I tend to do on these occasions, I’d like to thank everyone who has been reading along, sharing on Facebook, liking, commenting, and buying up physical copies of the strip – your support goes a long way to make this all happen!

And as for that poster? Feast your eyes on this baby:

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Awesome! Right?

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“The Birth” (Part 2)

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History continues to be made as Laura and her cartoon alter-ego go into labour at the exact same time! This is not a hoax! This is not a gag! But it is one hell of a gimmick!

Be back in 5 hours for the next chapter of “The Birth” and, incidentally, the 100th Laura Knows Best comic!

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“The Birth” (Part 1)

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IT BEGINS HERE! Boil some water! Get some blankets! Laura’s gonna have a baby!┬áLadies and gentlemen, you are witnessing history in the making, as both cartoon Laura and flesh and blood Laura are going into labour at exactly the same time! Yes, you are reading that correctly – Laura is in labour. Now. Its a birthing simulcast in comics form, and you’re all invited!

No, that doesn’t mean I’m dragging my sketchbook into the delivery room, but it does mean that a new comic will be uploaded every few hours until the big reveal. Of course, I was really, really, really hoping that it would all begin like this. You know, fairly well rested and all that. But kids have a tendency to not listen to their parents, even when they’re in utero.

If you don’t want to miss a senses-shattering moment, make sure you’ve subscribed to the blog!

Now to go time some contractions…

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Happy Hallowe’en!

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Happy Hallowe’en! If you’ve got kids, make sure you go through their bags of candy to snag some of the best stuff for yourself!

In other news, it looks like it’s going to be a November baby. Laura’s visiting an acupuncturist as we speak in hopes of speeding things along. Keep your fingers crossed!

If a baby doesn’t decide to emerge in the next two days, I’ll be attending Canzine West in Vancouver this Saturday from 1-7 at the Ukrainian Hall on Pender St. Click on the banner below for more details!

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“The Belly Rub Redux”

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Well, Laura’s due date has come and gone. Now we play the waiting game. But that’s okay, since it gave us a chance to get together with friends and re-enact a popular Laura Knows Best comic strip! Check out the original by clicking here.

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Countdown to 100…

No new comic this week, as I’m busy prepping an extraordinary event to celebrate the 100th Laura Knows Best comic strip (among other things…). Hopefully things go as planned, for as far as I know, never has anything like this in the HISTORY of comics or blogging been attempted before. That said, I haven’t bothered to do much research on the topic, but I can’t imagine anyone else coming up with such a crazy plan. If you aren’t subscribing to this blog yet, you’re gonna miss out on THE comics event of our generation, so what are you waiting for? To tide you over, here are a few preview images of things to come…

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Stay tuned…

 

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