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Originally, Chapel’s pose in Panel One was completely different. She was facing away from the camera, which I’ve done a couple times before. My mother and I realized that Chapel’s hair from behind kind of looks like…dare I say it? It looks like a butt. A derriere. A fanny. So, I had to scrap my initial Panel One and re-draw it to the pose you see now.

The background of this comic is inspired by my own family’s laundry room, blue walls and all (but we don’t have tv or movie posters in our house). My parents were a bit befuddled to find me hunched in the laundry room sketching amongst dirty clothes. Last week’s hedgehog-ification contest winner is also hidden somewhere in the background of this strip. Can you find it? Congrats to the lucky winner, I loved your witty idea! Hint: It’s right next to the poster for “The Way We Live Now,” an excellent BBC drama that I finished watching a few weeks ago.
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"An Officer and A Gentleman"!

That is very cute!

Why do I suddenly recall things such as "A Few Good Hedgehogs", "Curse of the Black Hedgehog", "Hedgehog Moon"?

Hahaha, in my country Chapel would be called "nggak mau kalah"...I'm not sure how to say this in English. It means a person who hates to lose no matter what...wait...is Chapel a sore loser...?
DarkwingLady 11/3/13
Yes, Chapel is a sore loser, you're right! She's getting better at it, but she still has a way to go. I love the hedgehog movie titles you've thought up!
 Emma  11/7/13
 
Somehow I knew Chapel's mom would introduce an incentive.
10/12/12
That was me again.
Ginny Weasley fan 10/13/12
Oh okay! And yes, of course she would introduce an incentive!!
 Emma  11/1/12
 
Boy does this bring back some very old memories, Emma. I can hear your Aunt Tina now - and she would have loved this. Was always a procrastinator myself - so many more interesting things to do in life before chores.
kc 8/17/12
Oh, wow! That's a wonderful thing, Karen. Thank you!
 Emma  11/1/12
 
I've been so busy with work lately I've neglected all my webcomics. Come back to find a gorgeous site redesign here! I really like the colour scheme, the pale green is lovely, and allows the bright colours of the comic to stand out beautifully. Did you design it?
Kiwifruit 8/16/12
Wow, thank you so much! Yes, I DID in fact design it myself -- although my dad did the coding for me. That's exactly what I wanted to do with the revised color scheme -- let the comic pop!
 Emma  11/1/12
 
You always seem to manage to capture the expressions and emotions incredibly well if not perfectly every time.
blaidd gwael 8/13/12
Wow, thank you so much! I stive to draw fitting expressions so I'm glad you appreciate them. :)
 Emma  8/14/12
 
careful - "fanny" has a different meaning in british english usage! your uk and australian fans will be raising their eyebrows...!
peter 8/13/12
Wow, what other meaning does it have?
 Emma  8/14/12
Erm...similar ballpark...it's used to refer to a certain area of female anatomy. Not particularly polite ;P But we all know what you mean here :P
Kiwifruit 8/16/12
Ah, I see...! Oops!
 Emma  11/1/12
 
Just found this webcomic and read it up to date ... I'm finding Chapel and her adventures quite enchanting!

One (minor) quibble, though ... unless Chapel's mother is of the bovine persuasion, "Mommmmmmmmmmm" may be more appropriate than "Moooooooooom".
Kent 8/12/12
I'm so flattered that you read it all! Hmm, I get your point about the Mom, but for me, I always stress the vowel sound when speaking like Chapel's doing. What about other people? How do you pronounce words when you're whining to your parents? ;)
 Emma  8/12/12
Written "Moooooom" it might be interpreted as "M-ooh-m" (ooh being a closed central rounded vowel or the ü "umlaut" symbol). I find I've done both "M-ah-m" where ah (near-open central vowel or the short a) sound is the extended sound and "Mom-mm" where the nasal m sound is the extended one.
blaidd gwael 8/13/12
Those aren't perfect replications of the intricacies of the sounds made only the important parts (for example the "M-ah-m" one is sort of a "Mah-uhm" and that isnt perfect either). I realize this is my american english (and more specifically californian english) way of stressing the word. I don't have any idea how or if it is different in british english or australian english ( <- is it actually referred to as such?).
blaidd gwael 8/13/12
In Brit (and Canadian) English, we say 'mum' so the point is moot :D
katchan 8/17/12
Well, yes the vowel SOUND is different, but how would you whine "mum."
Blaidd gwael 8/18/12
 
Oh, Fred...
Hey, Emma, I don't know if you still get Stone Soup, but my illustrations are in the next issue! I thought I would tell you just so you could keep an eye out...they are for a story called I'm Home.
Ava 8/11/12
Oh wow! I still do receive Stone Soup and will DEFINITELY look out for your illustrations! I'm so glad you told me, because otherwise I might never have known to keep an eye out. I'm excited to see!
 Emma  8/12/12
Yay, awesome! :)
Ava 8/16/12
I was wondering, what's the framed photo in the first panel?
Ava 8/16/12
is it Chapel's mom and dad?
Ava 8/16/12
OH MY GOSH REALLY THAT'S AWESOME
hehe sorry for my extended absence I haven't been checking up here in a while...I blame my new twitter.
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 8/14/12
Hi Ava! I saw your illustrations today while looking at the latest issue at school. They are awesome! Personally, I think they were the best in the whole issue!
Ellie 9/6/12
 
Yup, Mom knows how to get her daughter to work.
Emily14 8/11/12
Moms ALWAYS know the right thing to say to slyly motivate their children...
 Emma  8/12/12
personal exprience i presume?
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 8/13/12
 
haha. I can't wait to find out the results....
Miss L.S.P 8/11/12
What results?
 Emma  8/12/12
I was assuming that you would show us the results in the next strip....
Miss L.S.P 8/14/12
 
I tried watching that. Couldn't really get into it. The actress who plays Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter (sorry can never remember her real name) is hilarious!
CJ 8/11/12
It gets better as it goes on, you should try it again! And yes, her character is my favorite in the series.
 Emma  8/12/12
 
Wow.. this is the second time this year I've influenced a great web comic. Thank you! -with nervousness-

And I have a feeling that either Fred will beat her, as usual, or he isn't folding laundry at all. That it's a corrupt use of mind games played by her mother to convince her to do chores. -Insert something about past experiences here-

P.S. I was reminded of some friends that went to Kumoricon a few years ago as Sonic/ Rose, and said they were Hedgehogians, so my last comment would be The Hedgehogian Candidate (Manchurian Candidate.)
Can't wait for your post next week!
evilrizwiz 8/10/12
Ah ha, you'll have to see what happens next week then! My lips are sealed, so I can't tell you...! And that's very interesting about Hedgehogians!
 Emma  8/12/12
 
I wouldn't say butt I'd say heart
Yarin 8/10/12
Arg second time in a week I've spelt my nick name wrong
Yarin 8/10/12
Ok nevermind apparently my eyes are really bad without my glasses I'll just stop now
Yarin 8/10/12
It is kinda heart-shaped, as well...but to me it looks more like a but...
 Emma  8/10/12
 
You know, I looked at past comics of Chapel facing backwards, and I don't see how it looks like a butt at all.
Cara 8/10/12
Well, to me it does....perhaps my mind is too scatalogical....
 Emma  8/10/12
 
OMG! for ONCE here is a game Chapel can beat Fred at! thank you Miss Emma, i am laughing so hard right now. i needed that for today. I have Grand Jury duty today, and having a smile on my face helps alot.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 8/10/12
Ah, well I'm SO happy I was able to make you laugh when you have Jury Duty! And we'll have to see what the outcome of next week's strip is...who knows if Chapel will REALLY be the best laundry folder?
 Emma  8/10/12
well i would say fred had a head start on the folding. hard to catch up i would say.

Grand Jury Duty came and went. I've been doing it for years, it's still kinda sad in a way. if we didn't have a drug problem, we really wouldn't have much in a way of a crime problem.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 8/12/12
 
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