There’s some zombie snack food fun today on my other cartoon site, Words and Toons. Check it out HERE!

Make sure to stop by Captain Scratchy tomorrow for a shocking development at The Swollen Hoof!

I was an English major in college, so I had my share of poetry classes. I can’t say I ever gained a lasting appreciation for poetry, especially the “classics” we studied. But I enjoyed dabbling in poetry writing in college, and even won a cash award — $25!!! — for a poem I submitted to the Western Illinois University literary magazine. I’ll refrain from posting it here. You can thank me later.

Mainly I wrote poems in a shameless attempt to impress a hot girl named Kathy. I guess my strategy worked, because she pretended to like the poems. And she eventually married me. Score!

I suppose reading poetry never got more enjoyable for me than when I was a toddler, enthralled by Dr. Seuss’s “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.” Now that’s the stuff!

Back to Captain Scratchy. Rufus took some abuse at the Poetry Slam (courtesy of Angry Horse), but the plucky dog isn’t going to give up just yet. He seems to have the soul of a poet, without fail. And in the end, a poet’s soul will prevail.

Today I’d like to shamelessly plug my other cartoon site, Words and Toons. There’s a bit of crossover now and then between Captain Scratchy and Words and Toons, in that some familiar characters here make appearances there. Today, for example, Cousin Steve from Pittsburgh is featured on Words and Toons, showing his support for the criminally underpaid Paula Abdul. Click here to see it.

Actually, all the characters in Captain Scratchy originally appeared on Words and Toons, which launched in July of 2008. Here’s one of the Angry Horse’s first-ever appearances:

© 2009 Chuck Ingwersen

© 2009 Chuck Ingwersen

Having seen how the Angry Horse’s love for his Snuggie has been documented on Captain Scratchy, several people have asked me if I realize there’s now a Snuggie for dogs. Yep, I’ve seen it. But where’s the Snuggie for cats? I’m sure cats would appreciate the ultra-stylish backward robe, too!

In fact, I drew a cartoon on Words and Toons last March that showed a cat wearing a Snuggie and a dog feeling forlorn because all he had was a ShamWow. The cat and dog will look familiar to Captain Scratchy readers. The dog is named Rufus, and he continues to be Rufus now that he’s part of Captain Scratchy. But the Snuggie-wearing cat, who sure looks like Rick from Captain Scratchy, is named Captain Smackers in this cartoon. Here it is:

© 2009 Chuck Ingwersen

© 2009 Chuck Ingwersen

Sadly, Grandma has never been heard from again.