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Dr. Lia Smith, Chapel’s mom, got a job offer to relocate to a different hospital, a position that would come with a pay increase. While the Smith family did have to move in order to accommodate her new job, they were able to move out of the rented apartment they’d been staying in and buy a nice, if slightly old, house just on the outskirts of the city and within commuting distance of Lia’s new hospital. Sam Smith Esq., Chapel’s dad, has clients in various places, so the move didn’t change his commute very much. And with Chapel and Barnaby getting bigger and bigger every day, it made sense for the family to move.

I’m really happy with how the last two panels came out – especially after I realized that panel 3 kind of looks like a car commercial! This strip will have a continuation next week, so you’ll get to see even more of child Barnaby and toddler Chapel.
Yes, Chapel is adorable!
Izzy 9/22/13
You can't get much cuter than baby Chapel, it's true.
 Emma  9/26/13
 
Awww, Chapel is so cute! You've probably said this before but I was wondering, what media do you use to draw your comics?
Bonzelle 8/17/13
I draw and ink traditionally, then color in Photoshop on the computer! Thanks for asking.
 Emma  9/14/13
 
"COMPLAINY."
I've been using that word frequently, now. I guess I will, for a while.
Xynn 8/3/13
That's so cool to hear! I'd be happy if it worked it's way into your vocabulary.
 Emma  8/4/13
 
emma ur an inspiration to me i love u so i wish u lived in utah so we could meeet
bibi 8/3/13
Awww! I would love to meet up with everyone who reads Chapel, but sadly, that can't happen...
 Emma  8/4/13
 
Aww chapel is soo cute! >.<. I think I'm dying of cuteness lol
Julie 8/2/13
I'm so happy you think it's cute! I had a lot of fun drawing this comic.
 Emma  8/4/13
 
Oh my gravy so adorable!
Ms. E. Jones 8/1/13
Yay!! :)
 Emma  8/4/13
 
CUTE!! OMG
katara 8/1/13
I'm glad you like it!! And good username...!
 Emma  8/4/13
 
So cute aww
Dylan 7/31/13
I'm so happy you think so!!
 Emma  7/31/13
 
(looks again) Oh lordy, Little Chapel is missing her frount tooth! might help explain her speaking problem at this age?
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 7/31/13
Wow, I can't believe you noticed the missing tooth -- it's so small! She doesn't really have a speaking problem, besides messing up that one word.
 Emma  7/31/13
 
Yay barnabty likes percy Jackson too. I cannot wait for the new movie and I hope it's better than the last one and also house of hades is coming out in October
Trix 7/30/13
I wasn't a big fan of the movie either, but I did use to read the books frequently.
 Emma  7/31/13
 
Wow. Chapel is so cute! And Barnbaby looks just as good as ever. Hmmmmmm.....Chapel must be very smart to have come up with the word "complainy." BTW, I REALLY,REALLY,REALLY like the 3rd panel!!! :-D
Viv 7/29/13
THANK YOU! It's great to hear that you like it. And Chapel's always been pretty well read, so she probably picked the word up in a book and then mangled it...
 Emma  8/4/13
 
I also like how barnaby and chapel stand out from the rest of the car...
Miss L.S.P 7/29/13
I did that on purpose, I'm happy you picked up on it.
 Emma  8/4/13
 
OMG! CHAPEL IS SOOOOO CUTE!!!
She reminds me of my little sister!(0h, and so is Barnaby! He was reading my favorite book series when I was his age!)
AudreyTheDisneyGirl 7/28/13
Awww, your little sister might get along well with younger Chapel! And I was wondering how many people would pick up on Barnaby's book...
 Emma  8/4/13
 
I enjoy how well you youthened (is that a word?) the regular characters, but of course kept them both recognizable, and what we imagine they'd have looked like in the comic.

Complicated way of saying "good job!" I think...
I should sleep now. Four hours wasn't enough.
Miles 7/27/13
I had a lot of fun drawing the younger versions of the characters but still making them look like themselves -- I'm glad you picked up on it. And yes, definitely sleep!
 Emma  8/4/13
 
I love the license plate detail...Barnaby Chapel Lia Sam Family, right? :D Great strip, lil Chapel is adorable
Ava 7/27/13
WOW, I seriously didn't think anyone would see that or figure out what I meant by it! Yes, that's exactly what the license plate is saying. Great job!
 Emma  8/4/13
 
I notice the Percy Jackson book next to Chapel's booster seat! :) I love how you slip in little details like book covers.
CJ 7/27/13
I'm so glad you noticed it! I wanted to pick a book that an 11-year-old boy might read at that time.
 Emma  7/27/13
 
"Complainy"......
That's awesome.
Miss L.S.P 7/27/13
Thank you!! Even if Chapel's pretty articulate for her age, at four she was bound to make some mistakes.
 Emma  7/27/13
 
Chapel Smith: Year One

Nice.
Sam Tweedle 7/27/13
Thank you!! I've drawn toddler Chapel on a couple occasions but never younger Barnaby, and I wanted to show how they came to live in such a unique house.
 Emma  7/27/13
 
SO CUTE HELP
i love the idea that chapel's bunches started when she was little. i feel like someone needs to make a "chapel through the ages" comic or something.
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 7/27/13
"Bunches"? Do you mean her ponytails? Oh, and if someone made a "Chapel Through The Ages" comic, I would love to see it! Who knows how much of it might be accurate to what I've thought through for her, but it would still be cool to see...
 Emma  7/27/13
yeah i meant the ponytails :) the fact that they're so small at the bottom makes me think they're more like bunches though hee
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 7/27/13
 
this is a good training strip for you Miss Emma. the results are impressive! btw, did you use your own family's car to draw here?

oh, btw, those Percy Books wasn't around back when Chapel was that young.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 7/27/13
if most chapel strips are set in 2013, chapel would've been born in 2002 and she would be four in 2006. the first percy jackson book was published in 2005 :)
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 7/27/13
Yes, exactly!! I made sure to do this same calculation before I drew it into the comic. I'm happy you picked up on that ;)
 Emma  7/27/13
ok, so my asumptions of the years were off a bit.

ah well, close enough i guess. I know you set it that chapel was 4 and barnaby was 11. But they look a year younger than that to me.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 7/27/13
Thanks! I already liked to draw backgrounds like these, but they're not usually suited to Chapel comics. So I like it when I can sneak one in! And no, I didn't use my family's car -- we don't even have this type of car.

Yes, the Percy books were around then (at least the first one was)! I made sure to calculate it so that I didn't have an anachronism.
 Emma  7/27/13
 
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