I few days ago I was invited to give a presentation about my Pinky and Spiky comics at Vilnius University Evening of Languages. My talk was about language, comics and humor.
When I came into the hall before the event, I saw my friend Ignas who is a choirmaster for University choir "Gaudeamus". I asked what is he doing here and he said he is going to sing with the students a specially composed anthem and later "Dies Irae". This is Gregorian chant sequence specifically sung at All Saints Day.
He only found out about it the day before so he seemed a little nervous and I asked if he wants me to help him sing it. He wasn't sure if we will sing in tune and in time without any rehearsals. The only thing he wanted me to help him figure out how the starting note sounds because when he's nervous he tends to sing higher, like we all do sometimes... It was supposed to be F. So he kept asking me how does the F sound. :)
He actually sang very beautifully when it came his turn to do "Dies Irae." Only not from F but from Ab. which is a minor third higher.
After the event I thought it would be nice to create a comic about it so I wrote him what is his favorite animal. I didn't hear his reply until yesterday and he wrote that it's a dog. He actually send me a little sticker.
I used this sticker as a model for this comic. Spiky asks the dog, "Do you need some help singing? I can sing with you!" And the dog starts to sing, "Dies irae, dies illa!" to which Spiky replies, "Oh ,that was a minor 3rd too high!"
When I sent this comic to my friend Ignas he asked me what's the name of the dog. I thought it could be somewhat connected with his last name, Garla so I wrote, "Garly." He seemed pleased.
It's short and has the sound R in it that any dog would love...
I hope this silliness will put a smile on your face!
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