Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice time with family and loved ones. Since this is the last time I’ll draw these characters until next November at the earliest, please enjoy my last renderings of Santa and Frosty for 2012. Happy Holidays!
Here is the brand-new, just completed Betsy & Waffles Christmas comic. It was a big effort on both our parts and we think you’ll enjoy it very much. And if there’s someone out there who you forgot to get a gift for, just send them a link to this comic. Quite possibly it will be the best gift they will ever get. EVER. Don’t question it.
Anyway, to read the entire thing, please click here. Or on any of the other links in this post. They’ll all take you to the same place. And what a joyous, winter wonderland it is. Please enjoy.
I just realized that it’s almost Christmas and I’ve barely made any mention of Christmas at all on the blog. I guess I did mention Santa and Jesus during my Rick Perry Loves Beards post the other day, but that’s about it. (Perhaps you’d like to look at the archives?) So, with only two days until the big day, I’ve decide to get off my hump and do something. So here’s a quick drawing I did of Santa. The original was done with ink on cardboard and the colors were laid down in Photoshop. Do enjoy and know that something very big and very Christmasy is coming tomorrow, just in time for Santa to take his night ride and break into your house to leave gifts and steal cookies.
After the moderate success of Clark Bernstein’s “Dreidel of Dread” — the first film in his and writing partner Jerry Skwiski’s “Holiday Horrors” trilogy — the duo set to work on “The Twelve Slays of Christmas,” set for release in early December 1992. Reaction was mixed regarding the ridiculous ending of “Dreidel” (the killer literally steps out of the shadows and is revealed to be a character no one has even spoken to throughout the course of the film) and the duo said in stated reports that they wanted to make sure there was no chance audiences would feel cheated this time around. How well they kept this promise is up for debate, though, as reaction to “Twelve Slays” was even more mixed.
The film opens approximately one week after “Dreidel,” with Detective Reuben Goldman (again portrayed by Tommy Cline) still recovering from his encounter with the Dreidel Killer. He isn’t given much time to rest though, as a young man named Johnny has been found murdered in the city park. His body is strung up in a tree, a noose tight around his neck. Pinned to his shirt is a note with the words “On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” The note is signed “S.C.” Cline is once again perfect in the role of Goldman, and he’s one of the only things that stays consistently good throughout the trilogy of films, even when given shoddy material. And unfortunately, there’s quite a bit of shoddy material in this film.
Well, dear readers, here are the answers you seek: Every 1,000th Christmas, a new Santa is chosen (complying with Kringle Customs), and this new Santa must complete several trials in the Cave-Tomb of the Ghosts of Santas Past, facing down horde of ghosts and besting them in skills of will, might, and brain-power before obtaining a magical trunk which contains the very essence of Santa Claus’s power. During their annual North Pole trip, Betsy and Waffles stumble upon the brand new Santa, who’s totally unprepared, and agree to help him get through the tests. Will their assistance affect the new Santa’s powers? Will they be able to face the multitude of devious, blood-thirsty ghosts in a cave that is 5,000 feet below sea level? Did Betsy get Waffles the new catnip mouse with the realistic sound effects like he’d asked? The answer to all of those questions is “Probably.”
Today’s a bit of a slack-off for me and a bit of a treat for you. I’d planned to have this completed and posted today, but I was unable to finish it in the time allotted, so instead of waiting and posting something lackluster, I’ve decided to give you a sneak-peek into Betsy & Waffles’ Christmas adventure. Because this is unfinished, there’s an element of mystery surrounding it. Why is Betsy raring for a fight? What’s that glowing, mysterious, possibly ancient, stone in Waffles’ paw? Why’s Santa looking so surprised and how did he get wrapped up in all this in the first place? Check back tomorrow and find out!