In the original strips, I based Puck and Buzzy’s relationship on Elvis and Clucky Chicken in real life! Elvis stole Clucky Chicken off my desk his first Easter as a kitten, and treats him like his baby. (I’ve actually had to stitch his yellow seams back together a few times). I knew I wanted to show how a cat can favor one toy, but Puck seemed the more sensitive of the trio to single out for the comic. And Buzzy Mouse looked the part of a classic cat toy, while Clucky Chicken was a wind up People toy with bunny ears. When I had a chance to start the comic again and expand the world, I knew immediately I wanted to bring Clucky Chicken in (and that readers knew Elvis and the family well enough now to welcome a new, weird little member). And I feel like it makes a lot of sense that Elvis would have tried to leave out his love for a People toy in the original broadcasts, and Burt would naturally edit that right back into the stories!
I thought I’d share a little bit about Clucky Chicken! I hope you like him, he’s near and dear to us just like the real Buzzy Mouse and a few other of the boys’ well loved toys. Right now I should be editing the ink and paint layers to line up for an August Sunday strip, but I get notoriously stir crazy at a computer, and so here I am peeking at the comments instead. I hope everyone is having a good night—and thank you so much for reading my comic!