Clan Munro comic strip no. 44: Security insecurity

44. SECURITY INSECURITY

44. SECURITY INSECURITY

We like Duff’s organic approach to security. Why use complicated computer systems when you can use a genetically modified giant Venus flytrap?

This strip also contains a wee salute to Spike Milligan and the Goon Show.  Neddie, Eccles and Bluebottle will live forever!

See all the Clan Munro strips here (part one) and here (part two).

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Clan Munro comic strip no. 32: Reverse psychology?

32. REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY?

32. REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY?

Well, at least McTavish winds up with free tea and a lovely hat. Could have been worse …

If you haven’t read his “totally unbiased review of that rat Matilda’s novel”, you can find it right here.

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Clan Munro comic strip no. 30: Barely credible mayhem

30. BARELY CREDIBLE MAYHEM

30. BARELY CREDIBLE MAYHEM

McTavish’s less-than-flattering review of Matilda’s novel appears in his most recent blog.

If you’re just joining us, or want a refresher, all the Clan Munro strips appear right about here.

Clan Munro: McTavish Blog No. 4: Murder by Matilda! With pictures!

I am back, people!  It’s been a long time since my last blog because I’ve been drawing my little paws off.  All for nothing, as it turns out …

I begin by presenting a totally unbiased review of that rat Matilda’s first novel: “Death Walks into a Bar.”  I almost liked the book on first reading.  At least the parts where I could stay awake.  But one major thing was missing — pictures!  And who is better at drawing than me?  So I approached Matilda with the idea that I turn her book into a graphic novel.  I even produced some panels on spec to strut my stuff, with lovely artwork and much-improved dialogue.  But don’t just take my word for it.  Check out this beauty:

Blog 04 panel 1Well … Matilda poo-pooed both my pictures and dialogue using vulgar terms like “crap” and “total shite” that I will not repeat here.  But I could if I wanted to.

Thus I had no choice but to re-evaluate her novel and admit that I had made a mistake.  With my eyes opened to the truth I realized that her book was crap and total shite.  What was I thinking?

So I guess it’s a mystery novel.  Or maybe a fantasy.  It certainly qualifies as horror.  Starting with the writing style.  I hereby proclaim Matilda to be the Queen of Sentence Fragments.  She can’t write.  A complete sentence.  To save.  Her life.

Let’s try to make sense of the plot.  We’re on the sleazy Vancouver waterfront in 1952.  An ex-cop named Eric buys a tavern and runs a detective agency out of the top floor.  Are we talking original or what?   Eric hires wannabe sleuth and geek girl Penny Pendry and her Irish Wolfhound sidekick Percy!  A dog!  Let the drooling commence!

Penny agrees to learn the detective business while slinging beer in the pub part-time.  Her first gumshoe gig is a steward on a Trans-Pacific liner who disappeared overboard.  The cops ruled it a suicide but his wife is sure it’s murder and wants our heroes to investigate.  Did I mention something about originality?

So after a lot of chasing around dark alleyways and sneaking into scary abandoned hotels, Penny and Eric discover that … wait for it … the liner’s captain and his evil mad scientist university professor parapsychologist brother are behind oodles of disappearances.  Our heroes get tangled up in séances, ghosts and sentence fragments.  And then it gets even more improbable, as you can see in my interpretation of a “climactic” scene:

Blog 04 panel 2

If I’m making it sound exciting, well, don’t get your hopes up.  And there’s even more bad news.  The same chumps are actually publishing a second Matilda novel.  I accidentally sneakily logged on to her computer and chanced to discover that it’s called “You Only Die Once — If You do it Right.”  Soon coming to the bargain bin of a bookstore near YOU.

Clan Munro comic strip no. 29: Duff the Incredible!

29. DUFF! INCROYABLE!

29. DUFF! INCROYABLE!

We’ll stick with Clan Munro this week and finish off Duff’s first encounter with the ballet girls. The grown-up girls (spoiler alert!) will be back to plague Duff in his very near future.

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Clan Munro comic strip no. 26: Swift and Terrible Punishment!

26. SWIFT AND TERRIBLE PUNISHMENT

26. SWIFT AND TERRIBLE PUNISHMENT

A look into Duff’s past, and how he accidentally became such a fabulous dancer.

The tragic ‘bubbles’ incident came up in an earlier strip. And you can see absolutely every strip over here.

Clan Munro comic strip no. 23: The grand(?) finale

23. NOT QUITE CHIPPENDALES ...

23. NOT QUITE CHIPPENDALES …

Looks like Duff’s new career has already fizzled. Oh, well. He’s used to it.
The two toque-wearing late arrivals with Uncle Angus are local fishermen Hans and Svend. We’ll be seeing them again.
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