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Mad Dog McGillicuddy and his Rabid Band of Howler Monkeys

A rockin' webcomic by Brodie O'Mara

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Episode 167 - Felizard Navidad

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Episode 167 - Felizard Navidad
Welcome to another Howler Monkeys Christmas Episode! So far I've been able to keep my promise of delivering at least this Ep. each year; long may it continue. This year, however, I have added some extra Christmas goodness. Firstly, avid, eagle-eyed readers may notice that this Ep. has been created purely digitally, making it the first such Episode - that is, entirely drawn on a device - EVER! Merry Christmas. Trivia: I had planned only to colour Felizard Navidad's hat in red, as a somewhat twisted homage to Schindler's List, but decided a slightly monochromatic approach, with a few shades of grey, looked better. I also sketched it out to feature all ten of the HMs crew, but inking it (even digitally) became laborious, so I reduced it to just the five original HMs. I'm also disproportionally proud of the Yogi Bear reference. In addition to my gift of digitised content, below you'll find a BONUS EPISODE! I've been inspired this year by the work of Matthew Highton, particularly his opening title videos using public domain footage. This led me to recreate this year's Xmas Ep. with images sourced online. It's amazing just how many images exist online of a lizard wearing a Santa hat. Your third gift this year, if you haven't already been bombarded with it elsewhere, is a selection of designs from my TeePublic shop! As you can see, none of these are specific to the HMs universe, but I expect that to change in the future. Please support my side hustle if you're able; it's keeping me focused and positive in a world of increasing work stress and expectation... *tear rolls down cheek* Not to end on a downer, but it's become tradition for me to acknowledge those who have passed since the last Episode. I don't do this in mourning, but in celebration of the achievements in their respective fields that have inspired me to create: In Memorium 2021: David Dalaithngu (Gulpilil), Bert Newton, Norm Provan, John Cornell, Tommy Raudonikis, Norm Macdonald, Michael K. Williams, Charlie Watts, Biz Markie, Richard Donner, Charles Grodin, Olympia Dukakis, Jim Steinman, Helen McCrory, DMX, Paul Ritter, Jessica Walter, George Segal, Christopher Plummer, Cloris Leachman, Tanya Roberts, Whatever you're up to this festive season, do it joyfully and safely. Till next year (probably), Brodie
Posted on December 19, 2021