Comic Strips: Reflecting Real Life


I love it when I can reflect what happens with the children, in real life, in my comic strips.  The inspiration of this comic came from an actual event with these children.

Lately in Toronto we have been having warmer than normal winters.  If it does snow, it only lasts a few days on the ground before it melts away.  On those days I take the children outside for some much deserved fun in the snow.  We go tobogganing, build snow forts and of course, we build snowmen.

On one such occasion, we where outside enjoying a beautiful winter day with plenty of snow on the ground.  It was picture perfect for all the special snow activities I mentioned earlier.  Many children where tobogganing but the one girl mentioned in the comic and others built a snowman that was amazing.  They called me over to see their creation and I was amazed.  To be honest it looked like a snowman but they had no traditional materials to build it or the items to create the face. However, I loved their imaginative and invention on creating the eyes and the rest of the face and body.   They spent the whole outdoor time on this creation and it was like seeing Michelangelo’s David but it was a snowman created by children.

Well, because I praised them so much, the other children said, as a joke mind you, “Hay, guys stop showing off.”

Well I will tell you, I laughed out loud and everyone there had a great time laughing and congratulating the girls and it was truly an enjoyable afternoon.

That memory stuck with me.   When I wrote the comic strip I had these girls in mind.  The funny thing is that sometimes I saw these same girls do similar competitive games when they did any activity.  Always trying to one up each other in a friendly competition and then laughing about it after.

The parents loved the comic and many told me that they printed it out for their workplace and home.  I hope you enjoy it as much as the children and parents did.

FebNL01

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