Silly Commericials

a very, super special spectacular, spectacular pop smoothie epic holiday special


The name says it all really. I tried to fit it all in: weird holiday specials, the 70s, weird variety shows, Mayans, zombies, the year of the dragon… Points to anyone who gets all the references.

A note about 70s television: I am not sure if it was on the whole “worse”, there just seems to be a lot better TV now because there is so much to choose from. Even if the percentage of good is less, there is so much that the number is greater.

There was a time when mimes had a prime time show and Charro was on everything, but everything was not very much content. Maybe that is why I read a lot more as a kid or played outside.

I actually do not mean to even knock Shields and Yarnell. They were pretty entertaining to us at the time. I was in school and got the Dynamite magazine where they were on the cover. As I drew this comic, I was surprised to find out that Robert Shields actually has an art career now. There is some pretty cool stuff on his site.

And of course, people look at the Star Wars Holiday Special now with horror, but back then after years of Sid and Marty Krofft shows, as kids, we watched it and even liked it. We all liked the movie so much back then that if the show had been a Han Solo Hypnotoad, we would have probably tuned in…

Anyway, assuming I am not clinging to a bit of molten rock after the 21st, I look forward to a second year of Pop Smoothie…

We Interrupt this Program…

We just got back from vacation last week from the Northeast. The purpose of the trip was to go to my Godmother’s daughter’s wedding in Vermont.

The bride had an amazing dress (she is also very tall so could model dresses really) and I asked her where she got it. She lives in Brooklyn and told me she got it at Kleinfeld of the infamous “Say Yes to the Dress” fame. I have seen the show many times but the name of the actual store had not had not sunk in.

I realized the name was like Seinfeld, one of my favorite shows ever and this comic concept was born. I am almost done with the next Fairy Godfather installment, but this concept kept haunting me and I had to draw it. One of the great things about a webcomic like this is its whole purpose is I can do whatever I want. (That also applies to the format. I am not restrained by page size so it I want to make a super-tall comic, I will.)

A note about the ending: It appears I cannot write a comic without blowing everything up at the end. It goes from zero to mayhem in one panel. I talked to my husband Troy about this disturbing tendency and agreed the only explanation comes from the famous Monty Python line: “It’s a fair cop but society’s to blame…”

Spoiler Alert: The Fairy Godfather does not end that way because it was written by someone else.

So, I present you with Skleinfeld!