I made a pixel-art GIF of radio towers at night.
The biggest moth Iâ€™ve ever seen swooped by my head the other night in my bedroom. It was as big as a bat! After it swooped a couple more times, I saw that not only was it as big as a bat, it was a bat! I retreated to the kitchen to strategize while the bat zipped around, occasionally darting down the hall and into the living room. In the end, I held the screen door open for a minute or two, and the bat left.
A pale cloud at night stood like a strange hill behind the roofs and treetops of Keene recently.
I saw 3 flying squirrels tonight! I didn’t get to see them glide, but they sure moved quickly up and down the tree and across to the one next to it.
This Halloween I hung out with my friend Anne as she doled out treats to hordes of kids, and I donned the traditional bedsheet ghost costume so rarely seen these days. I almost didn’t bother because even with help it came out crooked, but I’m glad I did because kids’ reactions were a hoot (the photo’s just a pose; I sat on the stoop with Anne).
The first pair shook my hand before leaving. One boy asked if I was a Mister or Miss Ghost and got agitated when I played coy, trying to get a close look and saying things like “What is your gender?” and “Show me your mustache!” We had a couple of skeptics, too; one said, “Nice costume, but I’m not buying it,” and later another said, “You’re not a ghost!” — but only after peering closely :)
A man (Charles) and a woman (Charlotte) walk in the moonlight.
“Oh Charles,” says Charlotte, “I’ve had such a wonderful time tonight — and the moon is so beautiful!”
“OH NO!” exclaims Charles. “I have to go right now!”
“A terrible curse!” says Charles. “Every full moon I turn into a — AGH!” He doubles over in pain.
“Charles, what — ?”
“RRR — RUN! AAAAAA” Charles screams from off panel as the woman gasps in fright and surprise.
“Charles, you’re a — a — a house!” says Charlotte. And indeed, a one-story house stands in Charles’s place. She hesitates, then asks, “May I use your bathroom?”
This is all a story told by a young girl to her younger brother, who says, “Whooooaaa” in amazement. “So that’s what a warehouse is!”
[Voice from inside house] â€œSo how did your trick-or-treating go?â€
[Two girls are sorting their Halloween candy – a blonde girl in a grim reaper costume and a black-haired girl in a skeleton costume.]
Blonde girl: â€œGood â€“ but look what that creepy house gave me.â€
Black-haired girl: â€œA pickle?! Thatâ€™s weird.â€
Blonde girl: â€œYeah. I guess Iâ€™ll put it in the fridge for nowâ€¦â€
Laterâ€¦at midnightâ€¦[sleepy blonde girl, in her pajamas, opens the fridge – then looks wide-eyed in amazement. A pickle with arms, legs, and a face has been using its fangs to drain the ketchup bottle.]
Blond girl: “WHA-?! V- V- V- V-“
- Buy packs of â€œMidnight Snackâ€ & my other Halloween comics.
- Right-click & downloadÂ the PDF of “Midnight Snack” to print. All I ask if you download is that you email or leave a comment to let me know you downloaded it and how many you plan to print & where (for example, â€œ30 copies for trick-or-treaters in Putney, VTâ€).
Assembling the comic is pretty easy! Print the PDF double-sided at 100% (no scaling; donâ€™t let the program â€œadjust to printer marginsâ€ or anything like that). Each copy of the file produces 4 copies of the comic; when you cut them apart, the pages will be in the right order for you to staple & fold. If using scissors instead of a papercutter, you may want to cut after folding. Staple in the center & fold. If youâ€™re using a standard stapler, you may want to fold the comic before stapling or use a ruler to help find the center (at 2 3/4â€³). If using a long stapler, the measurement marks probably donâ€™t go down to 2 3/4â€³, so line up a ruler with the one on the stapler to get the added measurement.
“Are – are you okay?” he asked the boy, who didn’t seem very happy.
“Oh…” the boy replied, “I just don’t have any friends…”
“Well…maybe I could be your friend?” Billy suggested.
“That’d be swell! Would you walk to my house with me?”
“Great! C’mon!” the boy headed into the cemetery.
“Uh-” Billy said. “Wh-why are we going through the cemetery?” He was looking around so nervously that he didn’t notice how transparent the boy looked now that the moon had come out from behind the clouds.
“It’s the shortest way,” the boy said.
“Are you sure there isn’t a better way?” Bill asked as the path wound near a crypt.
“We have to go this way.”
- Buy packs of “The Boy in the Cemetery” & my other Halloween comics.
- Buy it as part of a set with Halloween comics by other cartoonists.
- Right-click & download the PDF of “The Boy in the Cemetery” to print. All I ask if you download is that you email or leave a comment to let me know you downloaded it and how many you printed & where they went (for example, â€œ30 copies to trick-or-treaters in Putney, VTâ€).
Assembling the comic is pretty easy! Print the PDF double-sided at 100% (no scaling; don’t let the program “adjust to printer margins” or anything like that). Each copy of the file produces 4 copies of the comic; when you cut them apart, the pages will be in the right order for you to staple & fold. If using scissors instead of a papercutter, you may want to cut after folding. Staple in the center & fold. If you’re using a standard stapler, you may want to fold the comic before stapling or use a ruler to help find the center (at 2 3/4″). If using a long stapler, the measurement marks probably don’t go down to 2 3/4″, so line up a ruler with the one on the stapler to get the added measurement.
Check out my other Halloween comics, too!
Recently I’ve had a couple of nights where I returned home after dark to find no one else home, all the lights off, and fireflies blinking around in the darkness, and stood around for a while just enjoying it.
This past Saturday night, I stamped the covers of 165 copies of Play. Sunday I glued game booklets into 120 of them.