Christmas Exhausts Me

Christmas is almost here. I wonder if it’s too late to start shopping.

 

 

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: An exhausted, small dog wearing a reindeer headband is sleeping—or at least has their eyes closed.

CAPTION #1: Christmas is coming! I’m so excited!

CAPTION #2: But first…a nap!

CAPTION #3: Dog tired? It happens to the best of us!

Photo: Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash Dialogue: John Lustig

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SCENE: An exhausted, small dog wearing a reindeer headband is sleeping---or at least has their eyes closed.

CAPTION #1: Christmas is coming! I’m so excited!

CAPTION #2: But first…a nap!

CAPTION #3: Dog tired? It happens to the best of us!

Photo: Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash Dialogue: John Lustig

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Mistletoe Bliss

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Vince Colletta Studio in the story “Made for Romance” in FIRST KISS #4, 1958. Click link to read the entire issue of the original comic–for free.

Note: The expression on the woman’s face in the original art didn’t match the gag. So I replaced her face with another image of her from elsewhere in the story. With Photoshop almost all things are possible!

 

 

 

Transcript:

WOMAN talking while she thinks about—seen in a thought balloon—herself kissing a man. In the background is a green mistletoe pattern.

WOMAN: I hung mistletoe in every room. So, Merry Christmas to me!

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Character Color: Allen Freeman
Writer: John Lustig
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WOMAN talking while she thinks about---seen in a thought balloon---herself kissing a man. In the background is a green mistletoe pattern.

WOMAN: I hung mistletoe in every room. So, Merry Christmas to me!

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Character Color: Allen Freeman
Writer: John Lustig
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Leap of Faith–Plus Tony Isabella’s 70th Birthday

Please join me in saying Happy Birthday to frequent Last Kiss contributor and living legend Tony Isabella. He turns 70 on Dec. 22!

Tony must’ve started writing comics when he was a mere embryo because 70 years doesn’t seem long enough for his impressive list of credits. He’s worked for every major comic book company and been an innovator in this business (whenever his publishers have been wise enough to let him.)

I’m a longtime fan of his work (and his sense of humor.) So I’m thrilled to have him help write Last Kiss.

Although today’s gag wasn’t written by Tony, I’ll be posting two of his Last Kiss comics next week. Thanks, Tony!

 

 

 

Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Cat looking up at a Christmas tree.

CAT: This year I’m reaching the top…in one leap! Christmas Star…you’re mine!

Photo: Laura Adai on Unsplash
Dialogue: John Lustig

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SCENE: Cat looking up at a Christmas tree.

CAT: This year I’m reaching the top...in one leap! Christmas Star…you’re mine!

Photo: Laura Adai on Unsplash
Dialogue: John Lustig

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Well, at Least I’m Not Wearing a Cat Costume

Today’s Last Kiss photo comic is adapted from a photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash.

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Closeup of a dog wearing a hoodie.

DOG (thinks): My human thinks it’s cute to dress me up for Halloween. I’m so embarrassed! I’d be peeing my pants right now–if I was wearing pants! Oh, wait. I am. Whooops!

Adapted from a photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash.
Dialogue & Lettering: John Lustig

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SCENE: Closeup of a dog wearing a hoodie.

DOG (thinks): My human thinks it’s cute to dress me up for Halloween. I’m so embarrassed! I’d be peeing my pants right now--if I was wearing pants! Oh, wait. I am. Whooops!

Adapted from a photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash.
Dialogue & Lettering: John Lustig


Hounded

Many thanks to Bruce Simon for permission to use art from his fine collection of early 20th Century dog cartoons: The Lady Who Used to Feed Him Moved Away: and other incredibly sad dog cartoons.*

Yes, they really are—incredibly sad dog comics. But they’re good & sad. (Or sad and good.) And they’re by some of the masters of that era’s cartoonists: J.R. Williams, Clare Briggs, H.T. Webster, and Edwina Dumm.

I’m hoping that someday Bruce will come out with a companion book: The Cat Ignored Them; and more tales of feline indifference.

*By the way, the book is listed on Amazon incorrectly by the title: The Lady Who Used to Feed Her Moved Away: and more unberarably sad dog cartoons

Original Art:

Art by H.T. Webster

 

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Many thanks to Bruce Simon for permission to use art from his fine collection of early 20th Century dog cartoons:

The Lady Who Used to Feed Her Moved Away: and more unberarably sad dog cartoons

(Listed incorrectly by the title:

The Lady Who Used to Feed Her Moved Away: and more unberarably sad dog cartoons