Returning now to our rereading of the very first Kekionga story, photographed from the original minicomic.
Hee! Hoo! The definitive Mysterious Animal proves to be a Horrible Creature as well, solving Kekionga’s alien bird problem before it even gets a chance to start. As for the squirrel, well, there are plenty of those, and a guy has to live. I didn’t have any idea when I did the original character design how much of a pain in the neck that stippling was going to be in panel after panel: by the second story it was pretty much gone and I don’t think anyone misses it very much.
Mr. Spit’s environmental biology is probably a little off here. I’m sure even a small Mysterious Animal/Horrible Creature can be fairly disruptive. But if he’s going to be working at the Junkyard Bud can keep an eye on him. And who can resist an upside down beastie? Mr. Spit, of course, really doesn’t have a lot a space to call other people weird-looking, as I’m sure Nina will point out to him.
And here he is: the Main Character of this and all other Kekionga stories! If you ever wondered how Josef got his name, this is the answer. Nina goes to Sunday School and is well up on her Bible stories. The alternate spelling is just me; I spelled his name that way in the original notes, I like the way it looks and the way it feels to letter, and as it works in this sequence, it may suggest something of either Bud’s accent or his way of thinking. (It is pronounced in the usual American way except with a z instead of an s sound.)
“Adventures are all very well, but those apples won’t pick themselves” is a philosophy traditionally found in stories of this kind.