DOUG URQUHART and his ‘PAWS’ cartoons

 

FrontCover

Skookum reminds me of the (unnamed) Dog in “Footrot Flats.”  Only whereas that Dog has dialog it is for the readers, and not Wal.  Skookum and Marten do converse.  Actually Marten talks with other animals.  However, this is more about Skookum than Marten.  So, let us see what the back cover looks like.

BackCover

So, we can see that the strip is geared toward the north end of the North American Continent.

The Author kindly provides us with orientation pages, and here they are.

OrientationOne

 

 

 

OrientationTwo

NoteOfExplanation

 

In the back of the book we have a bio of the author.

BioOfDougUrquhart

His publisher has a website, with pretty much the same information, but a more recent photo.

At the back of the book there is something I have not seen in a cartoon book:  An Index.  And here it is.

 

CartoonIndex

 

Oh, and I picked this book up at the Pendleton Book Company.  I get through Pendleton every so often, and when I hit town a while ago, went looking for the shop.  It was shuttered.  However the phone was still good, and the owner told me she had moved around the corner.PendletonBookCompany

So, on to the cartoons.  Let us start off with some bush lore.

BushLore

Since Rosie plays an important part in the strip-after Skookum, of course, here she is.

IntroductionToRosie

And then they return to home.

DogYardInSpring

 

Religion

 

Hippies

 

ScienceAndGrants

Well, from grants, to politically incorrect…

BearAndMountain

The government realizes the kinds of stresses one encounters in the far north, so they provide trained folks to help out…

SocialWork

And speaking of the government…

BiLateralTranslation

 

Remember the government worrying about the health of the community?  Looks like they are also concerned with isolated members, as when they are on a trap line.

Bushed01

Bushed2

The north supposedly has low crime rate.  At least against people, as opposed to poaching, etc.

LockDoorNot

There are places here in Oregon, where people do not necessarily lock their doors. However, as my sister-in-law, who lives in Fossil, noted, the only time you do lock your car doors, is during Zucchini season. That comment got me to thinking of a couple of other cartoon strips, and their take on Zucchini season.

PicklesZucchini01

PicklesZucchini02

PicklesZucchini03

But, back to low crime in the far north.  Unfortunately, even small villages in Alaska can have big city crime. From the reference in the cartoon to the 80’s and the book copyright, 1994, I would like to think that that was the way it was. For today, maybe not so much. Follow this link:

Well, let us move along to a more happy subject.

Marriage1

This reminds me of a wedding my wife and I attended down on the southern edge of Oregon. The Groom was a well known professional Bull Rider, the Groomsmen were all cowboys and rodeo riders. When the Preacher asked who had the ring, the Groom turned and gave a piercing whistle, and his cow dog trotted up the aisle, with the ring on a sash around his neck.

Well, one thing leads to another.

Marriage2

To another,

Babby

Well, not all relationships make the grade.

SpringBreakUp

And you kind of wonder about Rosie and Marten, what with his easily sidetracked activities.

SideTracked

Oh, well.  The author does have fun with misguided tree huggers.

Greenpeace

And a little more fun with the government, inaction.  Uh, in action.

GovernmentSubsidy

Actually, most every Alaska resident gets an annual subsidy from the state government. It is written into the state constitution, and is known as the Alaska Permanent Fund. The amount per resident varies. It was $331.29 in 1984, and $2,069.00 plus another one time payment of $1,200.00 in 2008. Here is more information courtesy of Wikipedia.

Well, back to Marten, the kindhearted person that he is, and Rosie, his long suffering wife.

WildlifeSharing

Tips on Bear Hunting.

BearHunting

How about back to the government, and subversion of.

BrokenPromise1

BrokenPromise2

Sometimes the government comes through.

ScenicHighway

Which lead to,

SummerTourists

I guess they didn’t get around to improving that part of the road.

So, how about relationships up north.

Relationships

Here’s one for the birds.

TallestTree

Advanced degrees.

SnowName

 

I can relate to the following, as my folks used to go down to the train station and watch the train come through.  Today, we do the same, because one of the few remaining working steam locomotives occasionally chugs up the track, and the town turns out to take photos, and enjoy being bathed in steam.

FourEnginePlane

And, back to the home front.

NewFamily

 

SummerParasites

I guess I should have put this with the summertime gas jockey.

Bored

Can’t win for losing.

DreamAndDrive

 

It is always nice to see a father passing on knowledge to his son.

FatherSonTalks

Same road, different view.

SameRoadDifferentView

I’ll just post the next and move along.

StyrofoamCup

Moose hunting.

MooseHunt

How to liven up a party.  Or end it.

WolfControl

We end with a cartoon on clear cuts.  I see that this system is used in other parts of the world, with probably the same results.

ClearCut

If you are interested in what clear cuts look like, here is just one example.  Or, use your search engine, and put in “alaska clear cuts” or “clearcuts in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska.”

In any case, the above cartoon seems to fit as the last cartoon in this post.  (Last remaining cartoon?)

Until next time,

Ted

 

 

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