YES! Another brand new Episode, just in time for Christmas! If I've achieved nothing else, I've at least been consistent with my Christmas Episodes!
I had originally planned a much more sombre piece, reflecting on some recent (mainly Australian) tragedies - The rough of which I'm including below as an extra special Christmas bonus! - but I decided to go with something lighter, which is, in fact, what this comic has always done. It's kept doing its thing, and been here for you to enjoy, regardless of what horrors have been occurring in the real world.
Regarding the content of the Episode itself, it's no secret that my family and I have recently relocated to tropical north Queensland...in fact, it's pretty much ALL I'VE TALKED ABOUT. This Ep. reflects that idea, and also incorporates the question that our children, and many others have asked, "Will Santa be able to find us at our new house?"
I also decided to just include Mad Dog and Comet, as they more closely reflect me and my partner, but also because the office in this house has no aircon, and drawing is sweaty work, and I couldn't be arsed drawing all the Howler Monkeys over and over again (I even cheated by putting M.D. and Comet in the pool, thereby only having to draw half-bodies)...
Whatever you celebrate, or don't celebrate, at this time of year, be safe and happy. Cheers.
Peace out with your fleece out.
BELOW: The aforementioned, and rather sappy, first draft of this year's Christmas Episode, showing just how sketchy my sketches actually are...