I really don’t know if a snowball would explode and create that much of a snow drift, but hey, it’s a cartoon, so real physics don’t always apply.
My first Sunday strip! Fun. A quick little bit of trivia: the house depicted here (Peter’s house) is actually the house where I grew up in Virginia. Everything that you see in the strip, as far as environments go, are the exact locations where I spent my childhood.
So basically, if you’re really THAT much of a hardcore P&C fan — and you knew where to look — you could technically visit all the locations from the strip in real life.
This is a prime example of what happens when you launch a comic before it is ready. In the earliest strips, before I had really developed a feel for their personalities, Seth was a lot more cocky and mischievous with his Guardian abilities. What he does here even technically breaks one of the Guardian rules that he quotes later on in the series.
That’s why I consider these early newspaper-format strips to be the “test” days of P&C, before the story really found its stride.
Has anyone ever actually done that to a cat before? They look so hilarious when you mush their fur around like that. It’s even funnier when they look so upset, and yet they’re still purring! DO THEY LIKE IT? YOU DON’T KNOW!!
This strip was loosely based on an actual conversation I had with a friend many years ago in high school.
This is one of the few times through the course of the comic where Peter utilizes the “Imagination Scenario” trope.
I drew this strip before I had learned any decent techniques for drawing trees, hehe.
When I first began writing this story, my original plan was to push Peter & Company for newspaper syndication. After a couple years, in order to give myself more breathing room for the art (and to shift to a more plot-driven focus on storytelling), I decided to switch to a traditional full-page comic layout.
So with that in mind, the first 75 comics presented here are kept in their original 4-panel daily strip format.