Tom Duck and Harry - Ohio Gothic

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A cartoon rendering of Grant Wood's famous painting, American Gothic, but with Tom Duck (on a rain barrel) whispering, 'THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A HAY FORK, NOT A MANURE FORK, HARRY' to Harry (holding a manure fork, not a hay fork) who whispers back, 'THIS SEEMS MORE APPROPRIATE, TOM' [Editor's note: If you're looking at this website and need to use these captions, you're in big trouble!]   Grant Wood's famous painting, American Gothic, with the woman saying to the man whose holding a hay fork, 'I TOLD YOU THAT PIG WAS NO DARN GOOD, PA!' to which the man replies, 'THAT'S WHY I'VE GOT THIS PIG STICKER, MA!'  

A Tom Duck & Harry SAMPLER
UPDATED 6/14/12
Over 120 strips posted so far


NEWEST STRIPS


Tom Duck & Harry's ALASKA CONNECTION
UPDATED 1/11/08
The world's largest marmot, a normal marmot, and the cartoonist (the one on the left)



THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TOM DUCK & HARRY
UPDATED 09/09/14
7+ days/102 strips posted so far


DAY 1 - On the Road

DAY 2 - Into the Storm

DAY 3 - The Rat-Bat Underground

DAY 4 - The Corn Palace

DAY 5 - Devil's Tower and Beyond

DAY 6 - Good Night, Irene

DAY 7 - Parcs Canada

DAY 8 - Their Bear to Cross


THE ADVENTURES OF TOM DUCK & HARRY
UPDATED 10/01/08
6 days/100 strips posted so far out of 11 days/166 strips total


DAY 1 - Down the River

DAY 2 - Strange Trip to Pine Island

DAY 3 - Into the Woods

DAY 4 - The Belly of the Beast

DAY 5 - Long Day's Journey into the Sewer

DAY 6 - Pig in the City


Authored but not yet posted:

DAY 7 - The League of Extraordinary Animals -OR- Mutiny on the Leaky

DAY 8 - Return to Old Gozaimasu

DAY 9 - Working the Grid

Day 10 - Drifting

Day 11 - Stand by your Sty


APOLOGIA AND BACKSTORY:

Tom Duck and Harry has/have been stewing for over 45 years - mainly because their cartoonist couldn't draw ducks or pigs - so, at this point what you see is what you get... or not. This website contains selections from March 2004 on, during which time most of the strips were drawn while the cartoonist was commuting to work by bus and subway. That could explain the inconsistency in the drawings and the shaky line work, but it's really just his inability to draw ducks and pigs. So, check out our eponymous heroes in daily gag format (A TD&H Sampler) or as a continuing strip (The Adventures of TD&H or The New Adventures of TD&H).

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Tom Duck, a native of New York City's Central Park, has tired of the rat race. He recalls his great-grandfather's tales of the Great Plains and the vast flocks of migratory waterfowl that blackened the sky and whitened the earth. So, Tom heads west to find a new life. He flies over the Hudson and across New Jersey, where he begins to tire somewhere near the Pennsylvania border. Alighting atop a westbound Greyhound, he dozes off as the bus rolls on into the twilight.

Tom awakens to dawn's early light and disembarks to scroung breakfast, only to find himself on the outskirts of the hamlet of Gozaimasu,* Ohio, "population 756 last time we checked." A short flight into the hills southwest of town brings him to the entrance of Cow Manor, a small farm run by African-American farmer Al MacDonald and his wife, Ellie. There, deep in the bowels of southern Ohio, Tom finds a new home, new adventures, and new friends, in particular his buddy-to-be, Harry (a pig).

Just how did Gozaimasu, Ohio, get that name?

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*Pronounced GOHZ-EYE-EE-MAHS




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