Category Archives: Babies

“The Book”

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Finley’s definition of a good book is in how good it tastes. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is one of his favourites and is a staple of pre-bedtime reading. It is also one of the creepiest books I’ve ever read, for reasons I could spend an entire post discussing. I’m still trying to get a handle on who “the old lady whispering ‘hush'” really is.

Today’s cartoon is cribbed from a throwaway gag in The Muppet Movie, arguably the best film of all time. Here’s the clip:

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“The Wheels on the Bus”

NewLKB8_WebThis one’s been on high rotation since the beginning. Surprisingly, it hasn’t lost it’s shine. My advice to new parents? Choose a song you actually like, ’cause you’re gonna hear it a lot…

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“The Laundry”

NewLKB7_WebThe parenting books are rife with tips on feeding, napping, and hygiene, but they don’t provide new parents with the most significant impact caring for a newborn will have on the household: the laundry. I swear this stuff just grows in piles around our house like a bad mould. I don’t know where it all comes from and I don’t know how to get rid of it.

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“The Birth Story”

NewLKB_6There’s nothing quite like a good birth story to bring women together. I guess reliving the trauma of labour again and again and again is in some way therapeutic.

Anyway, congrats to A.G. on the delivery of a bouncing baby girl! (Well, maybe not bouncing yet – those newborn necks are a bit floppy). All the best!

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“The Recovery”

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Laura has said on a number of occasions that she wished more women talked about recovery after labour. It seems that everyone is so fixated on labour because of the intensity of the experience and the anticipation of the baby’s arrival, that they forget to tell you that you that there’s a whole world o’ pain and discomfort awaiting once that sucker’s out!

I suppose our friend and Laura Knows Best guest star A.G. will soon find out first hand in a matter of hours. She’s in labour as I write this, and I have a feeling why things have been so slow for her is due to the delay in getting this strip out. Sorry, A.G.!

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“The Wedding” (One Year Later)

When I first started work on ‘Laura Knows Best,’ I had this idea in mind that each strip would document something funny or absurd that had happened each week as the strip progressed. It was intended to be a comic diary of sorts, without really seeming like a diary. If you re-read some of those first strips, you should be able to get the gist.

Once I started work on what became ‘The Wedding’ storyline, I quickly realized that keeping an up-to-date ‘diary’ was going to be impossible. In a sense, the strip took on a life of its own. However, as I was working through the final strips of ‘The Wedding,’ I knew I wasn’t interested in keeping with the chronology that I’d been following up till this point. In addition, I wanted to maintain a certain degree of flexibility week-to-week should things come up that I wanted to draw right away. Hence the jump forward in time, and as you’ll see in the weeks to come, a return to the format that I had initially envisioned.

I thought it would be a good way to facilitate this shift and to cap off ‘The Wedding’ storyline by establishing where the key players in that story are a year later. This provides the advantage of not having to do a lot of set-up to explain certain events that have happened in the past year, but also gives you some inkling of the stories that might appear in the coming months.

I hope you enjoy the ride!

ITEM! If you’re interested in owning your very own piece of ‘Laura Knows Best’ history, you can now order ‘The Wedding’ mini-comic online from my Etsy shop! Copies are $5 CDN plus shipping. Check out the Ink Spill Press page for more details! (Note that the following chapters are not included: “The Wedding” Part 11, 13 and the interlude. Also not included are “The Rivalry” and “One Last Thing…”).

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“The Clock”

The clock in question is actually one that I purchased in China. Painted on the clock face is an inspirational revolutionary scene depicting the proletariat rising up against the evil forces of capitalism. When the alarm rings, the fist of one of the cadres raises up and down, feverishly rallying his comrades to move forward in their struggle. It is a beautiful thing to see, not to mention loud.

The words coming out of Laura’s mouth aren’t really hers but mine. You should see the look she gets when she sees a baby. Her entire face just melts in pure ecstasy and she pretty much turns to goo. In other words, it’s really me who can hear her clock ticking, ’cause it’s so damn loud.

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