AWKWARD! – Being a Bush is sometimes awkward. Mostly it involves being asked if I’m related to either of those two U.S. Presidents. Yes, I do have an uncle that lives on a ranch in Texas. NOT that guy. No. But I will happily claim kin to Ms. PAM Bush (no relation).
She sends this ducky catch and release DUCK PHOTO and gives us our THEME of the DAY: Ducks in the Grass. Pam is an engineer (read: smart cookie, this one) and she once won an award with her agency for designing artificial turf, or something really odd like that.
Now, she sent in this picture, and I picked it, and it has nothing to do with those pictures that were taken of us at Dragon*Con in Atlanta this year. Not one bit. (Kicking the dirt aimlessly.)
Isn’t it nice we’re having weather?
Oh, right. Ducks…
So – The story goes with Steamduck like this: Our plucky duck meets a goose, and realized that – like the goose – he really OUGHT to be flying as well as swimming. Steamduck goes back to visit the Otter – the tinker who built him, and asks the old dude to help him fly. With me? So they start dreaming up flying contraptions. All manner of crazy stuff. You’ll see when the book comes out October 10. BUT until then – SNEAK PEEK!
This brings me to one of my favorite sketches from the new book. Kevin and I joked and laughed about this particular picture:
Emilie: Geez, Kevin. That’s some tool Otter’s got here.
Kevin: (LAUGHING) I know. I think it’s hilarious that he thinks he’s gonna use the giant wrench on that itty bitty duck.
Emilie: I can hear him now, “Fly, dang it! or I’m smackin’ you with the wrench!”
Kevin: It’d launch that sucker. Fer sure.
(AND SCENE!) – Steamduck I promise, won’t be smacked with the wrench. He’s a well engineered duck, and Kevin is ALL ABOUT how that duck works, and doesn’t work. We do laugh about roughing up Steamduck from time to time, but Kev can practically draw that feathered bad boy with his eyes closed at this point. Hundreds of different angels for that duck. As a funny aside – I suggested to Kevin that he draw Steamduck with a Sousaphone (What? Sometimes life necessitates a musical Steampunk waterfowl. Oh, like it never happened to YOU?!). Kevin quickly explained to me that ducks don’t have lips. Good point, brother.
Back to the matter at hand: Duck in the grass:
Duck MADE of grass:
Grass Whistling Ducks:
(Imagine THIS video here: http://youtu.be/_rO7iZezs-0)
SO – SEND MORE DUCK PICTURES!!!! Tomorrow – the GREAT DUCKMATO!
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