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D.W

I do not own this. It is a comic about all the Arthur characters in 4 and 1/2 years.

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The name
As Mister Ratburn was known to be quite fond of the cartoon Spooky-poo (a play on the real-world show Scooby-doo), I feel that perhaps he might have taken slight inspiration from one of the characters in naming his son. While Shaggy is likely a nickname, Fred would be more likely. While I do not personally remember the spoof's name for his equivalent, I would say that perhaps Red is a possible attempt. As such, I would suggest this name. Red Ratburn also has somewhat of a ring to it, in my opinion.
Modj
October 15th, 2017
@Jermiah: Soon my dear reader, Soon.
Could we have another update on Ratburn's personal conflict some time soon? (No Rush)
sagmik
October 8th, 2017
bears aren't people
this comes across as possible racism
Modj
September 14th, 2017
My dad is NOT a cat fan. I don't mind them, although right now I have two dogs, instead,
I'm sure I've heard this joke before but I can't remember where so... FREE GAME.
Modj
September 13th, 2017
So I was studying more Arthur screen-caps and found that my inking was a bit thick in comparison, so I thinned it to the same relative size as it is on the show. I think it's an improvement
Modj
September 13th, 2017
I don't think Arthur and D.W.'s relationship is quite as antagonistic as it used to be. Being "mature", he now often tries to give her the benefit of his additional four years of wisdom (and sometimes it's actually good advice) but more often than not she's just won't have it
Modj
September 13th, 2017
So what was all this about? Well, two things....
1. I really wanted to bring duck people back into the Arthur-verse (even if it's just in my tiny little comic's 'parallel timeline')
and 2. Looking back on how I'd been realizing D.W.'s character as someone who was more afraid of vulnerability than embarrassment (so she would rather own all her slip-ups than blush at them) I realized that in more than a few potential situations that could be a pretty BAD thing (and not bad FUNNY, just BAD).
Modj
September 13th, 2017
So while I was thinking of all the duck jokes I could make, I started to think: What if the duck in question was the one making them?

I don't think I have a new 'jokester' character decided yet, and it would be nice if they were actually funny when they WANTED to be instead of just incidentally (looking at YOU, Baxter).
Modj
September 13th, 2017
I've been wanting to add ducks for a while but since they mysteriously disappeared from the show AND there's no articles on them in the Arthur wiki - which is especially conspicuous since they have like EVERY OTHER BACKGROUND CHARACTER EVER (seriously, like even peeps who only showed up in a SINGLE fantasy sequence) - I can only conclude...THAT THERE IS SOME MASSIVE SECRET CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE ARTHUR DUCK PEOPLE!!!

TELL THE PRESS!!! It's only a matter of time before they get to memsfndngjggnsdvvjjnbbnb;gmggm3=-98ougiv\[[]j


I am fine. Please continue to watch Arthur on your local public television station - on which there were never any so-called "duck people" at any time. Donate generously.
Modj
September 13th, 2017
This strip features Bert, a peer of Arthur I was hesitant to include as he doesn't exist in the animated universe proper, but rather is a book character.
...but in the end I figured...eh, why not?
arthur.wikia.com/wiki/Bert
Modj
September 13th, 2017
I don't even know (or care) if this joke is "accurate" or not, I just know that this exact thing happened between me and my older brother a while ago (we recently decided to get into Doctor Who) and he made this observation and above was my reaction. We laughed
Modj
September 13th, 2017
Well, today's comic ended up seven panels long but the "Sunday-Style" model seemed to flashy for me (plus it wasn't a special occasion). At the same time, however, I didn't want to stretch strip that long horizontally so....ta-da! Now we have a 7-panel format, Yay!

Funny thing: the Arthur cartoon started in 1996 while Dora the Explorer didn't show up until 2000 - so this strip only works in the present-day since that would put her flashback at 2012.

My point? D.W. is now officially "dated"
Modj
September 13th, 2017
For one Dios Mio means oh my goodness. Also, this reminded me of one of the tag-line from that Alien vs. Predator movie: "No matter who wins, we lose."
Modj
September 13th, 2017
...featuring Mary-Ann (first D.W. appearance), along Edwin and Kyle (who cameo-ed in the 'School Days' arc).
arthur.wikia.com/wiki/Mary_Ann
arthur.wikia.com/wiki/Edwin
arthur.wikia.com/wiki/Kyle

I'd been wondering if someone should 'replace' Buster as the 'conspiracy theory guy', it would seem Kyle's fallen into the role (except HIS concerns are just a little more legitimate), poor Kyle
Modj
September 13th, 2017
This happened so often in my house growing up that before long we had a rule where milk was to be used almost exclusively just for cereal...but then we just started running out of cereal faster. Dad was so peeved.
Modj
September 13th, 2017
Yeah, I have no idea what to call this kid - any ideas?
Modj
September 13th, 2017
Yeah, I couldn't leave D.W. and Emily un-patched so this is the real 'ending' to the arc.
Modj
September 13th, 2017
There's a lot going on here, character-wise, but I think over-explaining it like I do sometimes will just ruin it, so if there's any anyone wants to ask something I'll respond to their comment, otherwise I'll just let it be
Modj
September 13th, 2017
Constructing this arc really got me thinking about D.W.'s character: So far she's been mostly unflappable except for a few 'hiccups', which is good - it's often a character's weaknesses that make them interesting, but I wasn't exactly sure what hers was until this arc.

Whereas Arthur has been put on record (by Brain) as having a "pathological fear of embarrassment", looking back on some of her T.V moments and how they've moved me to depict her in my comic (almost without even really thinking about it), I'd say that, in my opinion, D.W.'s Achilles heel is instead a fear of vulnerability. In other words: she's not afraid of being embarrassed - she's afraid of being ABLE to be embarrassed.

So far whenever D.W. has been 'caught' doing something that would make most of us want to shrivel away in shame, instead she just sort of 'owns it', preferring to be (or at least be known as) the sort of person who'd do those things unabashedly rather than someone who'd flinch, and this throws her would-be teasers off guard - take for instance D.W. #1 where Emily thinks D.W. is being evasive when in actuality she's just admitting her feelings in such a stark way that Emily just refuses to believe it