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We often see Chapel shopping for things like hats or cool outfits and really enjoying it, so here I wanted to show her being very kid-like and whining about having to go shopping. Chapel is pretty mature, but of course she still frequently acts her age and has to get dragged around (literally). Luckily, her mom finds a way to keep Chapel from getting bored….

Because I’m mildly obsessed with drawing details, I added lots of intricacies and hidden gags to the shops that Chapel is walking past. Can you spot them all?

I’m still recovering from mono, but happy to be back doing my strip!
I love the mall. Chapel apparently isn't into the groove that nearly ever girl I know is.
ilovepie81 11/1/13
Chapel certainly does her own thing, that's for sure.
 Emma  11/2/13
What? How can Chapel not like malls?!?!? They have movie theaters and resturants and shops, but way too many Victora's Secret's.
Lucy C. 6/19/13
Maybe the malls near Chapel aren't any good, and only have stores she isn't interested in.
 Emma  6/20/13
Boy, I wish MY mall had an arcade....then again, maybe better that it doesn't. You'd never get me out of there.
GG 5/31/13
Yes, it could be a time-suck...
 Emma  5/31/13
Was "Andy's Arcade" referring to Andy from Toy Story?

And I spotted the Wreck-It Ralph console in the arcade. :) <3
GG 6/8/13
My favorite is definitely the sign on Andy's Arcade that says "No Sore Losers!"
The exclamation point is a great touch, too.
NefariousDrO 5/22/13
Thank you! I had fun with it.
 Emma  5/24/13
Ha! Love the 'Olive Oil Boutique'!!!!
Missy 5/22/13
Thank you!!
 Emma  5/24/13
This reminds me of my cousin
Julie 5/19/13
I take it your cousin doesn't like shopping at the mall!
 Emma  5/21/13
Are you going to the maker faire, Emma?
Miss L.S.P 5/18/13
No, I haven't gone in a few years! I hope it was fun, though!
 Emma  5/21/13
It was pretty good! Coke and mentos show was fun! :) It wasn't the MOST fun but it was okay!
Miss L.S.P 5/22/13
Why does the Clothes Horse lady in the background have no hair? (the blond pony-tail one)
Viv 5/18/13
it's probably a manikin in the store.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 5/18/13
Yup...I agree... You can see she's on a stand...
Miss L.S.P 5/18/13
No, not that one. The one under the SHIRTS poster...she has no hair on her forehead!!! SO WEIRD.
Viv 5/20/13
again, it's probably another manikin. Miss Emma really tries to not draw any other people in her strips besides Chapel and Barnaby.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 5/21/13
Yes, very true.
 Emma  5/21/13
It's still a mannequin, which is why she has no facial features. I wouldn't draw random people in a store, since Chapel and Barnaby are usually the only ones show in the comic!
 Emma  5/21/13
Focus is on the Main Characters!
Lights, Cameras, Action!!!
Viv 5/21/13
The Great
Viv 5/20/13
Yes, it is! Good eye.
 Emma  5/21/13
It's a mannequin, like the ones in the front window!! So, the hair is pretty sparse.
 Emma  5/21/13
Lol get away you smell like feet are you gonna see the new Star Trek movie
Yarin 5/18/13
probably not. I've not warmed up to the new Star Trek movies. I MIGHT see the new Superman Movie.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 5/21/13
I'm not sure yet. I wanted to see it, but it didn't get very good reviews.
 Emma  5/21/13
Haha thank goodness for that store!
Miss L.S.P 5/17/13
Yes, it saved Chapel's mom having to put up with hours of whining!
 Emma  5/21/13
I'm always like that. You must have read my MIND Emma!
Viv 5/17/13
I've read Miss Emma's mind, Miss Emma reads your mind. I'm starting to see a trend here.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 5/17/13
Of course, Dr.Taxil Necrobane The Great. (^-^) jk
Viv 5/18/13
if you wish to call me "The Great", i would gladly accept it. ^^
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 5/18/13
Ha ha!
 Emma  5/21/13
Ha ha, I'm so glad it resonated with you!! I enjoy reading people's minds through my comics...
 Emma  5/21/13
Video Game Arcades? Sweet Jesus, does THAT bring back memories. row upon row of game cabinets of classic games most of which i would bet half of the posters in here have never played much less seen.

i spent several pocket fulls of quarters in those places when quarters meant real money in those days.

the last one in my region of the world closed up shop in the mid '90's. The growing internet and then exploding home gaming platforms doomed the old Arcade shop to the dust bins of history.

if there are any Arcades left in the USA, i bet you could count them on your own fingers of those left in operation.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 5/17/13
There are arcades near my house that do quite well! While they're more rare nowadays I don't think they're totally extinct yet.
 Emma  5/17/13
that one near you is likely a rare relic and the large population of the area you live in Miss Emma is what is keeping it open. knowing what economic condition and over bearing regulation CA has, it might not last all that long either. go take pics of it and burn it's memory into your mind as best as you can, it might not be around much longer.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 5/17/13
There actually is a second hand store near my town called "The Clothes Horse". I may have bought a ridiculous amount of clothes there once.
Wow, that's so cool! I didn't know there were any stores with that name in real life, but it's neat to hear about it.
 Emma  5/17/13
I would shop at Boots Bonanza... I may have a problem with boots. =D
Miles 5/17/13
Oh, I remember that now! Maybe I was subconsciously thinking of your boot collection when I drew that store.
 Emma  5/17/13
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