What's in a name, anyway?

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I noticed something interesting while working on this comic this year. I rarely named any of the characters. I think it was during a convention when I blurted the first name I could think of -- Marty -- for our main manatee protagonist. Another character became known as Chester at some point, but I was not set on any names going into this series.

I don't really know why.

But I began to use "Marty" pretty regularly. And then a funny thing happened along the way: I started seeing other manatees named Marty in other places. (I guess it was a pretty good name for a sea cow, after all!)

And that observation led to these last two comics. And these will be the last "Lagoon Toons" comics for a little while. Inktober is coming up, and I have a couple of ideas for other stories I'd like to try and tell after that. So I decided to let these characters have a little vacation. I will revisit them on occasion, which seems only fitting for a batch of characters who, prior to this year, were only seen once in a while.

Thank you for tagging along, and I hope you've enjoyed the exploits and musings of a manatee and his pals.

What can we do?

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Our friends in the Lagoon took an unexpected break for a couple of weeks. Part of that delay (but not all of it) was due to my family and I preparing for the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian. We live on the southeast coast of Florida, which remained in the "cone of uncertainty" for much of the days leading up to the storm. Ultimately, we were fortunate to only get a little inclement weather as it stayed offshore. While we were able to breathe a sigh of relief, though, we know that a lot of people -- especially those in the Bahamas -- were not nearly as lucky.

In the days since, there have been a lot of efforts by a lot of different people and organizations to send supplies and relief to the Bahamian people, and it's desperately needed. If you're unsure how you can help, you might consider donating to the Red Cross. In addition to Dorian, the Red Cross provides relief to people affected by disasters big and small. 

Learn more at redcross.org. 

Marty the cosplaying manatee

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Comic Con is this weekend, and Marty’s been hard at work at his cosplay lineup. Are you going to San Diego for the big show? If so, what — or who — are you most excited to see? I’ll be living vicariously through social media :)