Set the controls for the heart of the sun ...
Exactly what you can find here on Two Extraordinary Dogs (.com)
The New Cartoons
Direct from Hershey's dripping pen, here they are ...
(with the very newest at the top)
Friday, August 19, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
New readers start here ...
Confused? Here's everything you need to know to appreciate these Two Extraordinary Dogs to the full ...
(Or if you're in a hurry, there's a Lulu 'n' Hershey Secret Origins series here)
Who are Lulu and Hershey?
Despite running their own TV station and a coffee shop that boasts a Renaissance genius behind its counter, despite providing political commentary with the aid of a time machine built in a garden shed, despite Hershey’s long and distinguished history in pop music, perhaps the biggest surprise about Hershey 'n' Lulu is that they are real dogs.
I met Hershey in the summer of 2008 when I first visited the beautiful woman who would eventually become my wife. Despite having grown up in Manhattan, Hershey was then living way across the country in Seattle. When I went to live with Merrill and Hershey a few months later, Hershey and I became fast friends.
Hershey’s beginnings as a cartoon character began when I would make a lunch box for Merrill to take to work every day. I had always been struck by the “get good grades” note that Charlie Brown’s Mom would put in his brown bag lunch, and I began putting something similar into Merrill’s. Almost immediately my messages found their way into voice balloons issuing from a scribbled version of Hershey's face or my own.
These grew ...
And became more Ambitious ...
Absurdly so in some cases ...
As it says in this 'Secret Origins' panel, we were all heartbroken when Hershey died.
Merrill and I spent a whole summer without a dog in our lives. It was during this time - after Hershey had died, but before Lulu was born - that I started drawing them together. Somehow the idea emerged that there was a place where dead and yet-to-be-born dogs hung out together ... Obviously this was before I even knew what Lulu would look like.
And I could never have imagined what a beauty she turned out to be!
In May 2014 Merrill and Lulu and I drove cross-country to finally move house back from Seattle to upstate New York. This was when Hershey 'n' Lulu's adventures really took off.
I called the book of our travels "A Tale of Two Cities" and for the months before and after our actual ten-day journey I filled it with pictures of Lulu, Hershey, Merrill, and myself on the road ...
I gave the book to Merrill for her birthday, and she was so pleased with it that she showed to everyone who came to visit us in our new home ...
One of the people she showed it to was our dear friend Maria Nation - who was also the person who had put us in touch with Lulu's breeder, so we already thought she was wonderful. It was Maria who introduced me to David Scribner, editor of The Berkshire Edge. Unbelievably, David and his publisher Marcie Setlow were willing to pay me to draw a Lulu 'n' Hershey cartoon for them every day. And they continued to do that more or less for a whole year, until they decided they couldn't afford us any more.
To be honest we really missed appearing in a newspaper every day, even if it was just a virtual one. Then, with the presidential election looming and Donald Trump just seeming to get more and more horrible, we decided that this was our time to get back into the game. (We wrote a Dog Blog post explaining our thinking here.) The Berkshire Edge still can't afford to pay us, so this time around we're doing the cartoons for free.
Hot off the press ...
The Dog Blog
Seriously ... HELP!
Please help us find a new publisher
We will always be grateful to the people at The Berkshire Edge. They gave us our big break. Starting in January 2015 they published us seven days a week to begin with, then five days a week, then three days a week. Then they decided they couldn't afford us at all ...
So now we are looking for a similar daily news site, or a newspaper, or a magazine, or anywhere really that might be interested in publishing us on a regular basis. We are very
funny (!) and we were very popular at The Berkshire Edge ...
So, if you have any ideas, any contacts, best of all if you are the publisher of The New York Times, please get in touch. Now!
The Secret Origins of Lulu 'n' Hershey
Originally published May 25-29, 2015
The Lulu 'n' Hershey Store!
This is why we're all here, right?
We need the dough
Don't believe what you read in the newspapers. We're just ordinary folks like the rest of you ...
The entire archive!
Yes! Absolutely everything in the archive is for sale (unless somebody else got their first, of course ...)
The standard price for the original drawings in ink on watercolor paper is $200. They are behind perspex in pale wood frames. Very chic!