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TOACM 150 Dream a Little Dream by thecheckeredman TOACM 150 Dream a Little Dream by thecheckeredman
This special holiday comic is dedicated to my fiancee, Jillian. She's an unseen, and often uncredited, driving force behind getting TOACM off the ground, and out week after week. So thanks, kiddo! The song "Dream a Little Dream of Me", as sung by Cass Elliot, is a favorite song of ours.

Penelope was supposed to be a one off character. I never expected her to have a reoccurring role. However, when I started writing her I found that her voice and even her look began taking on elements of Jillian and after that a whole back story and history of the character just revealed itself to me. She became so much more that just the first person CM "rescued". Now I can't imagine the comic without her, and I can't wait for her to return to the strip in the upcoming storyline, Changing of the Guard.

TOACM TRIVIA:

-"The Blue Coal Club" was last seen in TOACM #121"Clandestine" from 5/26/2011 and is named for the regular sponsor of The Shadow radio program. It is also the unofficial home of the Crime Gang and the frequent watering hole of CM's roommate, Dougy.

-The song "Dream a Little Dream of Me" is written by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt with lyrics by Gus Kahn. The song was recorded for the Mamas & the Papas April 1968 album release The Papas & The Mamas. The group had often sung the song for fun, having been familiarized with it by member Michelle Phillips, whose father had been friends with the song's co-writer, Fabian Andre, in Mexico City where Michelle Phillips' family had resided when she was a young girl. "Mama" Cass Elliot suggested to group leader John Phillips that the group record "Dream a Little Dream of Me"; according to him she was unhappy while recording the song, objecting to its campiness, but Elliot herself would later tell Melody Maker: "I tried to sing it like it was 1943 and somebody had just come in and said, 'Here's a new song.' I tried to sing it as if it were the first time." [Wikipedia]

Tune in next week for the beginning of the next exciting chapter in the Tales of a Checkered Man!
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:iconmrspiderdoom1623:
mrspiderdoom1623 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Nice issue, and beautiful song by the way.
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thecheckeredman Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks you and yes, it's a great song!
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Tadpole7 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Very nice work. :)
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:iconthecheckeredman:
thecheckeredman Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconchano-kun:
Chano-kun Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:sing::music:
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Gual-kun Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like this :)
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:iconthecheckeredman:
thecheckeredman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Keen!
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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
....awesome pic....love Mama Cass...=3
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:iconthecheckeredman:
thecheckeredman Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Cass' version of this song is beautiful and one of my all-time favorites. I just don't get sick of it.
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chou-roninx Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Funny how sometimes characters just seem to write themselves.
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:iconthecheckeredman:
thecheckeredman Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Agreed! It's weird, but so very, very cool.
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MuttTheCartoonist Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
I really enjoy how penelope has evoloved from a side character, to someone who's up there with Dougy and Murphey. A side character who holds her own in the stories.
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thecheckeredman Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Originally, Penelope was nothing more than a one-note "victim" but she became very endearing to me. My next story arc, "Changing of the Guard" brings the Checkered Man back to Exotic City and will shape the TOACM world more and refine characters like Mulveny, Dougy, Joey, and Penelope too!
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MuttTheCartoonist Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Nice. I can't wait to get my hands on those stories. I get such a kick of being able to say, "I was there for TOACM." "I was there for Dead Duck." "Oh, I was there for RatFist."
It makes me feel like a boy in the 70s, watching Spiderman progress, or feeling the waves of Xmen first hand.
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
love the pink!!!
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:iconthecheckeredman:
thecheckeredman Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you Mike. I thought it would be a fun exception to the norm.
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