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Lackadaisy Dysphoria by tracyjb Lackadaisy Dysphoria by tracyjb
Just a one-page update this time, though I wish I could have fit more in.

I was in Stockbridge, Massachusetts to see the Norman Rockwell Museum not too long ago and while perusing some nearby shops, happened across some old catalogue material from the 1920's. I was highly entertained. Pebeco toothpaste, in case you were wondering, "keeps the mouth glands young" and promises "gaily flashing smiles" for your "piquant, adorable mouth."

Characters Calvin (Freckle) and Nina.
Previous comic pages can be found in the Archive
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Lunet12 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student General Artist
He is the most adorable kitty cat person i have EVER seen. He is so so sooo cute. :D
Kathryn-Wood Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aaaw, I love his face in the bottom-left panel! :heart:
Witchitaw-Kai Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
awwww it sooo cute how he just wnts to fix thing!
LaynaFeynreique Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
sleeping poses = CUTE!
rainbowmirrors Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Those toothpaste adds seem like they were hilarious. People must have had better vocabularies back then; I barely know what "piquant" means! D:

I don't know how you manage to make everything look so fluffy and real! I hesitate to think it's pencil, because that would be incredibly time-consuming I would think.
ISCREAM-FOR-ICECREAM Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
hee, a capter like this just make me want a bio for Calvin McMurray even more ( I am sure there will at least be few people who does not know who i just called:lol:)
Urlocalbum Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
aw so cute!haha love freckles :D
xGhOsTx334 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
I DESPISE correcting people (And Freckle is as cute as ever... even when he gets gun-crazy :3) but this is titled "Dysphoria"... Is that a synonym for "Insomnia"? (Which I have a minor case of and it's not fun. :() I actually hope I'm incorrect in correcting you... perhaps it's just s title... otherwise, I'd feel mean about it... Your comics are too good to point out any flaws. :D
tracyjb Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Dysphoria is a state of depression often associated with anxiety and restlessness. It's not insomnia, but can certainly cause insomnia.
xGhOsTx334 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
So that's what I should be calling it *writes down in journal* See? I learned something new today :) I'm sorry for (Attempting) to correct you. Now I feel all bad about it :( *Starts to mow lawn*
MyLittleNoctie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist

This is my first time on deviant art, I love Freckles! He looks (and acts!) like my friend cat Zamster!
shadowmaria1997 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha love the sleeping positions.
And i love the emotions on your charcters.
Squisheh-8D Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
awww. . . amazing. . ! ; w ; So cute and adorable I must say! ~ Nyukukupu! ~ C8 *glomps kitteh* Kawaii > w < ;; !
Hanada-chan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
Calvin-chan!!! Sneaking out!!!!!!!! Oooooooooooh, you so bad!!!!!!!!!
Mar1189 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
I love this one! Your espressions are great! Plus I couldn't sleep last night either, so I can kinda relate
AmberyFlower Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Freckle is so cute...
ZoeLeandra Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Professional Filmographer
so cute xD i love how he sleeps =)
liltrix7 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Student General Artist
awwwwwww!! ;~; He is just too cute! :love:
gwello Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
aww! I love Freckle!!!! You did a great job with his characterization, it's a great contrast to Rocky's.
kittenchowmein Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
...HE IS SO FREAKING CUTE. Man, you're wonderful at these characters- they're faces are FASCINATING...
AlexandraRena Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, I can't get over how precious he is ^_^
Rikia Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007   Photographer
i do that alot. toss and turn in bed. but... i cant just get up and leave. i have to stay on the lump they call my bed.

but i still love this.
AuraHeart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
hah, im here because i couldnt sleep...again!i want happy mouth glands
Takimashou Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I haven't read many of these, having only just discovered lackadaisy, but... Is the cute fix-it-cat really the sociopath wielding the toated cheese sandwich?!
June-sama Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
Love it, love it!
BansheePsyche Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
Every night is like that for me, I swear I'm a nocturnal creature. I can totally sympathize with Freckle's obcessive work ethic.
Panda-Go Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007
Oohh, he is just too adorable! Yeah Freckle, go go! :dance:
PrincessYoshi Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
Lol i sleep like that XD. I likes You did a Good job like always n.n
nikogeyer Featured By Owner May 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Kittens and pajamas, oh my! This is absolutely adorable. :)
Lord-of-Angels Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
Hmm, for once i'm lost for words! :D I can but admire the skill and detail put into this page, a great little run-up to the next piece. The few frames with the bathroom shelf had me giggling for an age! Well done to ye and I hope to see more soon! :aww:
AbarameShino Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
LOL- "Piquant" and "adorable". That's quite a mouth.
Castostarlight Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
Aww... I wonder what he's going to do. Just got into your comic, and I love it. I read every strip. I can't wait for more.
BlueKrystalFox Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Freckle's so adorable.~<33 I love all his 'I cant cant sleep' poses.^^ Wonderful work as always. *favies*
Concetta20 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Another great one, but on the second to last panel it took me a moment to realize what he was really looking at. It would have been better to up the contrast on the pin so the eye would be immedietely drawn to it.
ang3ll Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
mon dieu, since i last visited your account, you made a quite wonderful work! These comic stripes are so adorable!
The drawing is very rich, with lots of details, the characters have a large variety of expressions and interesting personalities and also, colours aren't needed, for this sepian, kinda old tone looks damn great and "gangsta" enough!

When will this come to stores? o.O

Keep it up!
Bloommer Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
Fabulous!..Fine comics! I like composition & drawing! Super! :)
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kokiteno Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
JA! I was actually wondering what the toothpaste said. I love looking at little details like those, because it's in those little places that the authors hide fun stuff. The fact you used a real brand is interesting. Heh, and here I was looking for anagrams of your name or your home town or something like that on it XD

This is a very touching episode. Yeah, the main reason behind this strip is to show how Freckle goes to the Lackadaisy, but behind that there's a lot you get to learn about this character.
Up to now it's been Rocky and Freckle as the protagonists in most of the strips. Rocky is Rocky, and there's really not much else to say. Freckle, on the other hand (or at least to me) is the character who is truly being transformed by the story. I think of Merlin and Arthur from the legends as an analogy. Young Arthur is the one that's moulded by the events, the one who changes and grows. The wizened old wizard shows very little development in the story (until Nimue comes, but that's beside the point).
Anyhow, the gist of it all is that you've made me think of Freckle as the true main character of the story. Maybe that was your intention, maybe it wasn't.
I love faces, especially expressions. Nothing makes me admire a piece of work more than how the artist manages to make his/her characters emote. You go an incredible job that's second to none. I love how you really use pantomime to convey what goes on, how Freckle's face changes with each frame. One can really empathize with him. It's amazing. My favourite set of scenes, of course, are the transition from calmly tapping the nail to banging at it with fury. You really can feel Freckle's need to channel the storm of emotions that are bubbling through him.
Then, of course, there's the tossing-and-turning bed scene. The expressions are incredible, both funny and moving. I wanna congratulate you on how you drew the sheets. I can see you put a lot of effort into making them move as Freckle tosses and turns. This interaction between main character and background really helps in making them look like one solid piece.
The last three panels are great, too, especially the last two with the impressive ammount of detail. I did find it hard at first to realize that the purpose of the penultimate panel was to show the clover. I thought he was looking at the pictures, remembering what most likely are his parents. But then I noticed how the clover is the only truly dark thing in the picture among all the sepia. It really helped in making it stand out.

You are doing an incredible job with this comic, Tracy. Keep up the amazing work! ^^
MechaFurre Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Fascinating. So Freckle has insomnia?
tim-n-pens Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional
freckles is sooo cute! esp when he's brushin his teeth n hammering the nail
chipzahoy23 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
great stuff beautiful as every.
Cutiecat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
hehe well I love how you do the eyes ^^ you should thinkof doing clay I think you would be really good at it =3 I do it :heart:
ShadowFoxxx Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
I love the expressions! Nice dialog as well. :nod: :+fav:
CrazySwedishGirl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
FWECKLESS!! *wibble* He's so cute!! Oh no, I'm turning into a rabid fangirl here. :XD:
dragontamer363 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
gitrgoues page- especially the sleep positions. very nice :)
teammagic0 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
=( this makes me want to cry (i'm very emotional)
fuzzy-havoc Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
sweet! a whole page of Freckle lovin'
Kirkebyenator Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
I love that Freckles is a fix-it! And I love seeing him squirm!
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
There is some real pathos here, and it moves me.

Lackadaisy always has a hint of longing beneath the laughs, but something about this one reminds me of too many sleepless nights with no comforts but the nietzschean ones.

I find myself identifying closer with a cartoon cat than I thought I would.

Is that a rosary on the picture frame? Heheh.
enigmatic13 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
beautifully done, as usual, but i feel i need to critique some things

on the panels where freckle is laying on his bed, the bed and freckle don't seem to "flow" if you will. his arm and leg in the first one seem to be raised, in stead of laying down like i'm sure you intended. same with (his) left leg in the fourth one.
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