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I really like this comic in particular because it encapsulates Chapel and Barnaby’s cute sibling relationship. In a lot of comics, particularly gag-oriented newspaper strips, sibling relationships are defined only by the petty squabbles that seem to erupt between the siblings almost constantly. Of course not all siblings get along in real life, but one of my goals in introducing Barnaby into the strip was to highlight a sibling relationship that was a healthy and positive one! Despite being seven years older than Chapel and quite different than she is in some ways, they still love and support each other – and you can tell that from just the second panel of this comic alone! So, any older brothers out there, I hope you take after Barnaby in how you treat your younger siblings!

Chapel and Barnaby, however, are so caught up watching the scenery that they’re completely slacking off while their parents work hard to unload the supplies from the car. Oops!

**NEWS** If you are in the SF Bay Area, you may have an opportunity to meet me in REAL LIFE! I’m going to be exhibiting at APE (Alternative Press Expo) in San Francisco next weekend, October 13 and 14. Anyone who is from the existing Chapel readership, let me know and I’ll give you an exclusive pin! I’ll be selling books, pins, charms, and more, and I’ll be more than happy to sign books and do a special Chapel doodle just for you. Don’t miss it! More info on APE here!
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Hahaha!
7/14/16
 
I love camping:)
Emoji hero 5/20/15
 
Wow... Me and my sister are 1 year apart, and we get along great! We have the same taste in music, and clothing, so that helps, too!
5/22/13
That's so great! I'm glad you guys get along so well.
 Emma  7/27/13
 
Unfortunately, petty squabbles are nothing if not frequent between my older sister and myself. Most of them involve usage of the 1 easily accessible computer in the house X-P
Clockwork Wombat 1/19/13
Oh dear! I understand those squabbles!
 Emma  3/8/13
 
In the fourth panel, it seems Barnaby and Chapel magically switch places...then switch back in panel five.
Chris 10/18/12
Oh dear, I hadn't noticed that! I'll make sure to fix it for the book printing.
 Emma  11/1/12
 
Haha!!
10/12/12
Me again.
Ginny Weasley fan 10/13/12
Glad you enjoy it!
 Emma  3/8/13
 
OMG Emma, I saw those pics of suits you put up and they are beautiful!
Miss L.S.P 10/12/12
Wow, thank you! I'm glad you like them!!
 Emma  11/1/12
 
Wait. . . Am I severely running out of time for the contest or did you actually extend the deadline?
blaidd gwael 10/11/12
I extended the deadline!
 Emma  11/1/12
 
I'm so excited to finally have the chance to actually meet you in person!!
Miss L.S.P 10/9/12
It was great to meet you!!
 Emma  11/1/12
 
Love this - adorable; love the tenderness between Chapel and Barnaby, the mountain view, your usual attention to the details. Sorry I will miss the expo - coming to SF just a bit late.
kc 10/8/12
Aww, that's a shame! Well, nothing that can be done. Thank you, I'm glad you like my attention to detail! My perfectionism usually results in nice, detailled drawings, but sometimes it can get out of hand!
 Emma  10/8/12
 
Sorry I'm late commenting... I totally love this strip and would be VERY disappointed is this happened to me...
Miss L.S.P 10/7/12
I know, it would be SO disappointing, wouldn't it? Especially since Chapel was so happy and excited to be out camping!
 Emma  10/8/12
I know!!! Poor chapel...
Miss L.S.P 10/9/12
RIGHT?!
 Emma  10/9/12
Its so funny how we're feeling aggravated for her...
Miss L.S.P 10/9/12
The best comics make you feel empathy for the characters, so I'm SO happy to hear that!
 Emma  10/10/12
Well... How can I not feel empathy for her???!!! (^^)
Miss L.S.P 10/10/12
. . .and that means Emma is a very good story teller. :)
blaidd gwael 10/11/12
Of course.... You go Emma!!!!
Miss L.S.P 10/11/12
Y'know, I heard of this movie where in the pre-release screening, nobody could empathize with the protagonist, so the filmmakers added a scene at the beginning of her talking to her cat, and then everybody loved her. 'Course, Emma is too much of an ABSOLUTELY AWESOME storyteller to have to modify Chapel's behavior.
Clockwork Wombat 11/12/12
 
Can we send more than one submission to your contest?
Ellie 10/6/12
Sure thing!
 Emma  10/7/12
 
I'm the eldest of three boys, with my next brother being 7 years younger, and the one after 10 younger.
Sometimes we got along... sometimes things were less than ideal. Being very small in my youth, the 7 years younger brother did not take long to outgrow me, and by the time he was a teenager, he was much bigger and heavier than I.
He did the most damage to me ever in a fist fight one year.
Still, no matter how much we would squabble or even come to hate how the other was acting, whenever anyone went against us as a family, we would always turn and deal with the outsiders instead of turning on one another.

Of course, after the threat passed, it was back to internal turmoil, "You know he was right, don't you?"
"Shut up!"

Still, there's no one I would rather have my back in a fight than our middle brother, and I am attending university with my youngest brother. We all get along pretty well now that we are all mostly grown up and have our own separate lives.
Miles 10/6/12
Wow, that fist fight sounds brutal! It's nice to hear that you still always have each others' backs despite the occasional tussle, though!
 Emma  10/7/12
fights between brothers (at least how i know them to be) can be rather brutal. between the scruffles i had with my older brother, we had broken tables as collateral damage! didn't get away with that (my parents were so mad at us), but we didn't really get hurt that much from it.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 10/7/12
My brother and I broke a door, fighting, once and I wasn't even trying to fight with him. I was trying to ignore him, but all in all it was a very unusual occurrence.
blaidd gwael 10/8/12
Oh my gosh...how rough and tumble!
 Emma  10/8/12
Oh my gosh, a TABLE! That's pretty intense! Since I don't have siblings, that would never happen to me...still, I don't think I would resort to physical violence in a fight with a sibling!
 Emma  10/8/12
yea, a table. Me and my brother watched a lot of WWF (WWE these days) back then. so going though a table was in hind sight bound to happen.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 10/9/12
I had to ask my parents what those references meant, as I'm afraid it was before my time!
 Emma  10/10/12
WWF was a professional wrestler company that put on matches years ago. it was bought up and had it's name changed to WWE. Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, the undertaker, Rick Flare and more. i watched them all and loved every bit of it.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 10/11/12
 
mace a noo 1
lala 10/6/12
I don't understand what this means! Is it a reference I'm not familiar with?
 Emma  10/6/12
sounds like another face->keyboard event to me.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 10/6/12
It looks too careful for that. It actually looks like it follows the patterns of language, but being that it is only 3 words and a number it is hard to tell.
blaidd gwael 10/7/12
Hmm...it's a mystery for sure!
 Emma  10/7/12
MYSTERY? This is a job for CHAPEL HOLMES!! heh heh...
Clockwork Wombat 10/10/12
yeah!
Miss L.S.P 10/10/12
Probably...
 Emma  10/7/12
 
Ha ha they forgot their food! Hehehehe...
CJ 10/6/12
Yup, they sure did! OOPS...
 Emma  10/6/12
did they forget the hedgehog as well?
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 10/6/12
Maybe he'll show up at home with fred. . . . because we have yet to see him with them on this trip.
blaidd gwael 10/7/12
It wouldn't be very safe for them to bring him along!
 Emma  10/7/12
No, it wouldn't even if he were on a leash the whole time.
blaidd gwael 10/8/12
Definitely. It can be dangerous even to bring a big dog camping, much less a tiny hedgie!
 Emma  10/8/12
OH MY GOSH "tiny hedgie" is just one of those arbitrary phrases that makes my brain go AAAAAW
Clockwork Wombat 1/19/13
No, he's at home being looked after by a neighbor. The woods are no place for a hedgie!
 Emma  10/7/12
 
Chapel and Barnaby are adorable! Love the mountain view too-- makes me excited for our vacation to Colorado next year. :D
Emily14 10/6/12
Oh wow, Colorado is nice! I went there briefly in fifth grade for a school trip, it's really pretty!
 Emma  10/6/12
My family went there five years ago, and ever since then we've all been wanting to go back! It was gorgeous.
Emily14 10/10/12
Your school got to go to COLORADO??? SO LUCKY. We are so far away from Colorado (I live in NY).
Ginny Weasley fan 10/13/12
 
Dang! I'm going to be in the bay area next weekend, but I don't think I'll have time to go... :(
blaidd gwael 10/5/12
Oh no! I hope there's even a slim chance you'll be able to make it...it's almost all day both days, so if you can spare 5 minutes than you'll be able to say hi!
 Emma  10/6/12
I am definitely going to try and find time to do that.
blaidd gwael 10/7/12
YAY! I really hope you'll be able to come! If you only want to make a beeline straight to my booth, you can find an exhibitor directory on the APE website that will list everyone's table numbers.
 Emma  10/8/12
Cool, I really hope I can find the time to get out to APE to say hi.
blaidd gwael 10/8/12
YAY!!!! I'm crossing my fingers that you'll be able to come! (If you do, though, tell me who you are from the site, or else I'll assume you don't know about Chapel and try to give you the whole intro...)
 Emma  10/8/12
Holy shit I live there! (in Berkeley)
doodlefox 10/8/12
Then again.... I probly won't go

Heh...
doodlefox 10/8/12
Sorreeeeee
doodlefox 10/8/12
I'll try
doodlefox 10/8/12
Oops spamposting
doodlefox 10/8/12
It's totally fine! This is an open forum, so you guys can spam-comment whenever you want, even about unrelated topics...
 Emma  10/8/12
Please do! Seriously I would really love it if you could try to come...I'll even have Chapel Doctor Who greeting cards and special sparkley pins which I make using a secret method!
 Emma  10/8/12
CHAPEL DOCTOR WHO GREETING CARDS??? MY DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE
Clockwork Wombat 10/10/12
I want to go but I live on the other side of the country....
Ginny Weasley fan 10/13/12
:(
 Emma  10/8/12
Oh no...why not? You can easily come for five minutes and just say hello, I've had readers do that and it only takes up a tiny chunk of their day...
 Emma  10/8/12
Wow, you should come and say hi then! Nothing gives me more joy than meeting readers in real life!
 Emma  10/8/12
 
ooh! is it just me or do the drawings in this strip look a little different?
it's like the lines are a little more delicate. whatever it is, though, I think it looks great!
and I love seeing Chapel and Barnaby together like that, so cute :)
when are the chapel drawings due again?
Ava 10/5/12
The lines are a size thinner, which I only did to be able to balance all the detail of the background. Otherwise, the process was exactly the same as always. I'm glad you like it though!

The Chapel drawings are due in by midnight on October 14, but some people wanted the deadline to be extended, so if there's enough interest I may change it to the 20th or something...
 Emma  10/6/12
Ah, it would be lovely if you could extend it.
doodlefox 10/8/12
Since there's so much interest in an extension, I'll see how it fits into the schedule then! Another week or so should be a perfect extension, right?
 Emma  10/8/12
I'm interested.
Also, I sort of forgot, how do we submit drawings again??
Ginny Weasley fan 10/13/12
 
so chapel is 11? cool! i'm nine!
lala 10/5/12
Yes, she is! And that's so cool -- are you in third or fourth grade?
 Emma  10/6/12
What grade is chapel in?
Miss L.S.P 10/10/12
I'm only a year younger than Chapel!! When is her birthday?
Ginny Weasley fan 10/13/12
Yay! Myself and Chapel are just about the same age, except that I believe you mentioned her birthday at one point and she is about 3 months older than me. Strangely, I tend to speak in a more sophisticated manner than fellow 11 year olds. This may have to do with the fact that I lack a large number of good friends.
Clockwork Wombat 1/19/13
 
My family does this all the time.
Riv 10/5/12
Wow, really? That's quite an oversight to forget the food!
 Emma  10/6/12
 
Barns by is quite cute! This always happens on my camping trips too....
10/5/12
That's happened to you as well?! What a coincidence! And Barnaby IS quite cute, isn't he?
 Emma  10/6/12
 
Wow, did Chapel settle for just one hat? If she didn't, too bad you can't eat hats...
Clockwork Wombat 10/5/12
haha! i know!
lala 10/5/12
I think she really would rather go home then let THAT happen
CJ 10/6/12
That would be the worst thing ever for her!
 Emma  10/6/12
Next you know, there will be a cooking-with-hats show!
 Emma  10/6/12
It's safe to assume she probably settled for about 3 hats, which is actually a sensible amount...
 Emma  10/6/12
 
I'm the middle child, and I was usually the one everyone ended up picking on while we were growing up. Still, we all had lots of good times together (particularly any time we were on a road trip with Dad, as he was very easy to rile up lol)

I love the matching hats, as well as the amazing new panels! You went all out this week!
evilrizwiz 10/5/12
Oh gosh, road trips are just a gateway for sibling/family drama...I don't know about that firsthand, being an only child, but I have observed it in my friends!

I'm glad you like this week's strip. I don't get the opportunity to do landscapes in Chapel too much, but it's always fun to do them when I can.
 Emma  10/5/12
Put anyone with anyone in a confined space for a long enough time and they will eventually start squabbling.
blaidd gwael 10/8/12
True! Although, I went camping with my best friend for a week this past summer, and we've never squabbled in the whole 6+ years we've been friends...
 Emma  10/8/12
I've been friends with my best friend about that long, but we argue sometimes because of another girl who we used to be friends with and is now trying to steal me away from her. But mostly we get along really well.
Ginny Weasley fan 10/13/12
I'm an only child too, but as my dad says we're a family of hotheads, so any road trip longer than half an hour without AC (I get really, really hot very easily) we could end up angry at each other for the whole day.
Ginny Weasley fan 10/13/12
 
To me, Barnaby and Chapel's relationship is so cute, it's heart attack enduceing! Miss Emma, i swear you are trying to weaponize adoreableness (aka Moe)! are you trying to kill this old man? ;-P
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 10/5/12
Ah, well, I'm glad you like their relationship! It's always good to have healthy sibling relationships in media and is sadly something that is lacking severely in a lot of comics.
 Emma  10/5/12
true, if i had a sister (well...i did, but it's a long story) my relationship with could have been like today's strip. but no, i had an older brother and we were always annoying each other.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 10/5/12
Oh, that's a shame! On both counts.
 Emma  10/6/12
it's ok, I still have a good relationship with my brother.
....
good lord, it must be the anonymous effect of the net, I am admitting to so much of my life. long story short.. If i can remember right, I was told I was not born by myself. I had a sister as well. but she either did not live long or was still born, I will never know.

I know it's fiction what Chapel and Barnaby are and how well they get along with each other. But deep down inside me, I am bit jealous of them. I will, to the end of my days, wonder what could have been...

if you think I have said too much, say so and I will stop talking about myself. I don't want to make this wonderful place uncomfortable. -_-
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 10/6/12
I have to agree on the sharing. . . I've shared far more than I would normally. I think even the younger readers and commenters on here are more understanding and possibly mature than their age would generally warrant.
blaidd gwael 10/7/12
I'm glad you think so!
 Emma  10/7/12
(gives all of you hugs) thanks, i needed to hear that from you.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 10/7/12
I'm glad it was helpful! That's the best part about a community like Chapel, everyone is so different and yet I find the comic seems to attract such interesting, kind, lovely people...I feel really honored to have such a lovely readership!
 Emma  10/8/12
It's okay, I don't mind! I'm very flattered and pleased that you find the little Chapel community inclusive enough to share such sad and personal details.

I have a friend who had the same situation as you -- she was born with a twin brother who sadly didn't survive. I'm happy that Chapel and Barnaby's relationship speaks to you, though!
 Emma  10/7/12
Yes, sadly... but most of it is probably based on real life.... you know how siblings annoy each other...
Miss L.S.P 10/10/12
 
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