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#the gashlycrumb tinies

Y: When you misjudge the relative momentum, inertia, jersey-springy-ness, and it just goes badly all around :O
Z: When you can’t get through the pack, but you… also can’t get the star passed :(

The final letters in my roller derby cartoon tribute to Edward Gorey’s “Gashlycrumb Tinies!”

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U: When you’re trying to improve your speed and quick-stopping skills, but you end up building character and humility instead. :O~
V: “Prop the bench up on a box, they said… what’s the worst that could happen?”

The next letters in my tribute to Edward Gorey’s “Gashlycrumb Tinies.”

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U: When you’re trying to improve your speed and quick-stopping skills, but you end up building character and humility instead. :O~
V: “Prop the bench up on a box, they said… what’s the worst that could happen?”

The next letters in my tribute to Edward Gorey’s “Gashlycrumb Tinies.”

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S: When your Sweat Timer runs out before the Jam Timer :P
T: When you go for the last few points and… it could have ended better.

The next letters in my tribute to Edward Gorey’s “Gashlycrumb Tinies.”

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Q: When you try to power through the pack with a running start…and it just doesn’t pan out.
R: …the pack was here? :/

The next letters in my tribute to Edward Gorey’s “Gashlycrumb Tinies.”

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O: “You picked a fine time to leave me…” Loose wheel, lose wheel, faceplant :O
P: …is there anything NSOs (Non-Skating Officials) can’t do?

The next letters in my tribute to Edward Gorey’s “Gashlycrumb Tinies.”

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M: mopping up the competition? :/
N: “Don’t smell, Marion! Close your nose!” Or: Opening the arc of the derby-scent. XD

The next letters in my tribute to Edward Gorey’s “Gashlycrumb Tinies.”

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K: Falling right at the start means the other jammer’s probably going to get lead :O
L: Well, maybe not light speed per se… however, it was evidently enough to Kool Aid Man through a few feet of brick. (This is one that would probably be clearer in full color, to show the green grass and blue sky :P Oh well!)

My ‘Gashlycrumb Tinies’ tribute continues.

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The art style on this ‘Gashlycrumb Tinies’ tribute is more 'super-deformed’ / goofy than my previous cartoons:

I’m really very drawing-adjacent (I have somewhat-related drawing practice but no book-learnin’), so my previous cartoons were me drawing doodle people to the best of my ability. But to make this series more whimsical, I did a 'big head / stick figure / dot-fingers’ style.

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Edward Gorey’s ‘Gashlycrumb Tinies’ had the moppets alphabetized by first names. This was a challenge to put in a roller derby setting, where not only do most skater have several-word-long derby names (thus lots of syllables), but each name is incredibly clever and unique-(ish).

So I went with “really short derby names, almost always just a noun” to keep it rhyme-able, and to let the noun play in to the jokes :)

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The series in tribute to Edward Gorey’s ‘Gashlycrumb Tinies’ continues. Gorey’s pictures are in glorious black, white and gray; but I don’t have the chops to pull that off, so I decided to color my pictures like normal, then go to grayscale, then tint that to something like sepia-tone of old photographs because…that’s kind of a visual shorthand for the Victorian-esque look of 'Gashlycrumb’.

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My next roller derby cartoon series, Crashlyjam Fivies, is a roller derby tribute (ripoff) to Edward Gorey’s “The Gashlycrumb Tinies”, which was an alphabetical list of adorable moppets meeting very Vincent Price-y fates (grim and dryly comedic) using drawings and rhyming couplets (each pair of letters end in rhymes).

(Mine has 100% more roller derby, and 67% more cartoonyness, than Gorey’s)

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Untold Tales of the Collins Family

Jebidiah Jonas Collins was a skinflint. He hoarded his money and refused to partake in the creature comforts. After the Great Blizzard of 1782, he was found frozen to death in bed, with only faint embers of coal in the fireplace. But there was larder of coal in his barn… he was saving it for when he really needed it.

(Due to the “shelter in place” order by Sheriff Davenport, tours of Collinsport are on hiatus. BUT by special arrangements with Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Collinsportmaine.tumblr will host a virtual tour of selected portraits each day.)

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Untold Tales of the Collins Family

Irene Idella Collins was the prettiest girl at the ball. She danced with every man in attendance. And after the ball, she did a lot more too. To put it bluntly, she died of syphilus.

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Untold Tales of the Collins Family

Horace Hogsmead Collins was a chronic hypocondriac. He thought he had every disease in the book - before the book was written. One day he got a splinter but no one paid any attention to his moaning. The sliver traveled to his heart, piercing it and he died!

(Due to the “shelter in place” order by Sheriff Davenport, tours of Collinsport are on hiatus. BUT by special arrangements with Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Collinsportmaine.tumblr will host a virtual tour of selected portraits each day.)

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My purchases from Out of Print arrived last night: a t-shirt with the joke Latin phrase from The Handmaid’s Tale and a Gashlycrumb Tinies make-up bag!

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