August 24: True story: I used to volunteer to design and have printed team tee-shirts for folks at the restaurants in which I worked at Disneyland, including the canoe gangs for the annual Cast-Member canoe races. Not an interesting fact, but it’s true. Not true would be that participating teams were called “gangs.” I do subscribe to the idea that uniforms help make up a team.
“Defiant” is pretty much a nod to the ship from Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Not because I was a great fan of the show, but more for the franchise and it just sounds like a real, formidable war ship.
“Pump It Up” is a nod to the Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon series of sketches on Saturday Night Live, “Pumping Up with Hans and Franz”, and because of the pumping action involved with hand-car racing.
Al’s Defiant gang is comprised of these randomly chosen members: Al (Captain, beagle, 5th appearance), Michelle (weasel, 4), Barron (stuffed bear, 15), Bingo (snake, 5), Connie (cardinal, 3), Heidi (gopher, 7), Rudy (pig, 7) and Monster (monster)
August 25: Drawing short straws means that these members aren’t racing today.
Monster is generally agreeable to a lot of things. I think the follow up strip should have had Heidi and Polly upping the crazy things they could get him to sleepily concede. Alas…
“How-Yoohie!” is yet another nonsense word I coined just because I could.
In this strip: Al (6), Heidi (8) and Polly (penguin, 23).
This Wolverine/ Donald Duck mash-up was done during Wonder Con, Anaheim, 2012 as followup to a Captain America/ Mickey Mouse mash-up.
He’s the best a what he ducks, but what he ducks isn't mice.
I’m not sure there’s Marvel characters and Disney shorts character mash up well across the board. For one thing there aren’t a lot of Disney characters you can cast as villains. But one-offs are fun, as is trying to fill out either an Avengers or X-Men roster.