Over in the Deep Woods, Old Man Mozz (Village Prophet and Seer) dreams of awful things coming to The Phantom (Village Idiot)! Guran (Village Medicine Man) counsels The Phantom (Village Big Purple Goober) to stay safe, close to home! The Phantom (Ghost-Who-Does-Jerky-Things) longs for Adventure!

What could possibly go wrong?

New Phantom

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*sigh*

Well, suffice it to say that Judge and Mrs. Parker are going to tropical Mexico for their son’s wedding, and Katherine is outfitting the Judge with the latest in early 20th C. exploration gear.  This met with a really frightening expression from Hizzoner, which reminded CC’s Calico of Grumpy Cat.

Which led to a request that I was only too happy to oblige:

Stanley cat

Which led to an opportunity to use the request again:

New JP

(and GC’s on my Facebook profile pic for the moment, too. Nothing succeeds like excess.)

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…particularly if it meant getting rid of Kit, Jr. (aka, “Diaper Boy”).

OTOH, this is a nice little ending.  I love the subtle difference between escaping and not getting away (BOOM vs. BOM, I think, but my Llongo is a touch sketchy).

New Phantom

(The nom nom nom communication was a last-minute inspiration.)

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By bats | March 24, 2013 - 3:29 pm

For some reason (and I’m sure there’s a swell one), the storyline in the weekend Phantom is completely different from the Sunday Phantom.

A pity, really…

New Phantom

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By bats | March 22, 2013 - 5:05 pm

New Phantom

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By bats | March 13, 2013 - 2:25 pm

…but not just yet.  It seems that Kit has a plan.

Spirit Lion has a tummy rumble.

It’s all good.

And even if she’s not added to The Phantom’s menagerie,   I’m stickin’ with her as long as the story lasts!

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By bats | March 11, 2013 - 2:45 pm

I am just smitten with this Androcles/St. Jerome/Aesop twist in The Phantom! Yes, I say this unironically.

It doesn’t stop me from goofing around with it (or, at least, blaming CC’s Hogenmogen).

I’M taking full credit (well, not the drawing part) for this, though…

Gah! I’d already used this lullaby (in the part of the story where Kit is tending to the lioness after removing the electronic doodad in her neck)! Oh, well.  It all goes to show this strip is markedly improved by the presence of the Spirit Lioness:

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By bats | February 25, 2013 - 3:46 pm

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By bats | February 23, 2013 - 10:21 pm

(After you admire the lovely illustration and coloring of this particular strip)

The sublime:

And the ridiculous:

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By bats | February 17, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Let’s see.  A very convoluted Dick Tracy plot, while pretty exciting, has been made even more so by the guest appearance of George Takei Tawara (no kidding!), who spent part of his life in a Japanese American interment camp (also no kidding) near Tracyville during WWII (not quite the locale).  A bad guy snatches a little homeless girl and threatens her unless George Takei Tawara cooperates in some nefarious plan.

All you fans of George Tawara Takei on Facebook will not be surprised when…

And in Sunday’s Phantom, sexy Captain Savarna has lost her ship and contemplates a new career (Or, “Everything’s Better with a Kitty”):

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