New Caption Competition Nov/Dec 2018

Doc Rat’s surgery is trying out some new telephone headsets. Unfortunately, Gizelle seems to have upset a spider. Just how and why I’ll leave up to you!

Use your imagination and come up with something funny to complete the cartoon. The competition winners have usually been those whose caption adds more to the joke than just a recap of the picture. Pertinent, off-the-wall or sometimes just surreal in a perfectly-focused way. So go ahead – try your luck. You could be the next person to find some free, original Doc Rat artwork winging its way to your home. 

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Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.
 
 
We have a winner for the previous competition, too. The best caption for the Aug/Oct 2018 set was Jonathon, from Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. His contribution is here. Click on this link to see the end result and of course the Special Mentions.
 
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Jonathon Caption Competition winner CC-78

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Let’s go

From today, Doc Rat is back to its usual pattern. I hope you were entertained by the my alternative presentations daily, while I was engaged in other things.

I want to thank the people at Eurofurence 24 in Berlin for making such a wonderful event with their hospitality and imaginations. I was also pleased to meet others in the UK. 

And now, back to business…

Eurofurence bound

Off to see the world – No more blues

Here, dear readers, is the update on the Doc Rat (Platinum Rat Productions) studio. All relocated, set up and working. 

Now, I’m on a month’s holiday in Britain and Germany, including EuroFurence 24, in Berlin.

And now, here a fascinating thing. Have you ever wondered just how far back in time Doc Rat goes? Well, I dipped into my vault of early work and made compilations of the single panel gags. They haven’t seen the light of day since their original magazine publications as early as 1995. But you may spot many of the jokes as ones that later reappeared in the Doc Rat strips we know today.

Please enjoy the upcoming procession of gags detailing Doc Rat’s humble origins. And after that, it will be definitely back into new works from the canon.

August/October 2018

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On the bright side, I have managed to create a new caption competition. Click here to have a go! 

And… the winners of the three pictures from the past year have now being selected!
Click on each picture to reveal the winners and all the funniest suggestions. 
 

Jul/Sep 2017

Henry Gutman caption competition winner CC-75

Oct/Dec 2017

Roger Chittock caption competition winner CC-76

Jan/Jul 2018

Joe Kesselman caption competition winner CC-77

 

Desperatoin mass production

Restitution blues

Here, dear readers, is the update on the Doc Rat (Platinum Rat Productions) studio. Having moved office from one building across town to another building, followed by another move across corridor from one room to another, I’ve finally got the furniture shifted, boxes re-opened, wires and plugs connected, and am now making a major marathon effort to build up a four-week bank of Doc Rat for your enjoyment. I thank you for chilling out with the past four weeks of character sketches.

But here’s the fascinating part: Have you ever wondered just how far back in time Doc Rat goes? Well, I dipped into my vault of early work and made compilations of the single panel gags. They haven’t seen the light of day since their original magazine publications as early as 1995. But you may spot many of the jokes as ones that later reappeared in the Doc Rat strips we know today.

On August 20, I will be departing for a month’s holiday in Britain and Germany. That explains another reason for the pressure: I’m  hurriedly making my preparations for EuroFurence 24, in Berlin.

Please enjoy the upcoming procession of gags detailing Doc Rat’s humble origins. And after that, it will be definitely back into new works from the canon.

August/October 2018

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On the bright side, I have managed to create a new caption competition. Click here to have a go! 

And… the winners of the three pictures from the past year have now being selected!
Click on each picture to reveal the winners and all the funniest suggestions. 
 

Jul/Sep 2017

Henry Gutman caption competition winner CC-75

Oct/Dec 2017

Roger Chittock caption competition winner CC-76

Jan/Jul 2018

Joe Kesselman caption competition winner CC-77

 

Translocation reconnection

Reconnection blues

Dear readers, at short notice, the Doc Rat (Platinum Rat Productions) studio has to relocate. This is going to turn my schedule upside down, in the month that will also see me making my preparations to attend EuroFurence 24.

So, with great apologies, for the next four weeks there will not be my usual Doc Rat strips. In their place, I will present you an endearing character sketch a day. Thank you for bearing with me.

August/October 2018

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On the bright side, I have managed to create a new caption competition. Click here to have a go! 

And… the winners of the three pictures from the past year have now being selected!
Click on each picture to reveal the winners and all the funniest suggestions. 
 

Jul/Sep 2017

Henry Gutman caption competition winner CC-75

Oct/Dec 2017

Roger Chittock caption competition winner CC-76

Jan/Jul 2018

Joe Kesselman caption competition winner CC-77

 

Relocation blues

Relocation blues

Dear readers, at short notice, the Doc Rat (Platinum Rat Productions) studio has to relocate. This is going to turn my schedule upside down, in the month that will also see me making my preparations to attend EuroFurence 24.

So, with great apologies, for the next four weeks there will not be my usual Doc Rat strips. In their place, I will present you an endearing character sketch a day. Thank you for bearing with me.

Drawn for FurWAG 2013

Doc Rat – onward and forward

Well, my good people, ConFurgence 2018, here in Melbourne Australia, was an excellent convention. It was good to see such a great turnout and such a spread of ages. 

Thank you for sitting comfortably through the Rat Pause slideshow, in my absence. Now, well get back to the story. Soon, there’ll be the judging of the caption competition and an competition picture.

In the meantime, please enjoy a picture of Ben and Daniella, dressed as pirates. And see if you can see the joke in the flag.

Oh, and I will be at FurDU at Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, from 4th to 6th May.

A brief pause

The regular strips of Doc Rat are going to take a pause for a bit – for three weeks, to be precise. Various commitments have taken precedence over my drawing board time, the most important of which is my part in the running of ConFurgence 2018, from 23rd to 25th February. The principal guest of honour will be the wonderful artist, photographer and animator, Joaquin Baldwin. I do thoroughly recommend you consider making the journey to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, for our annual anthropomorphic convention, one of these years. You won’t be disappointed. 

In the meantime, even though the regular strips will be on pause, dear readers, fear not. You’ll still get a daily offering, a sort of scrapbook from the Doc Rat sketch vaults. Every day will be a new surprise. Then, on Monday March 12th, we’ll rejoin the wolves and the rabbits as they toward the climax of our current story.

More news about what’s coming up in 2018 will follow. 

 

New Caption Competition Jan/Feb 2018

The first caption competition for 2018 is here. This is not any character from the Doc Rat stories, but the unnamed fox finds himself in an intriguing situation during the course of having his blood pressure measured.
Use your imagination and come up with something funny to complete the cartoon. The competition winners have usually been those whose caption adds more to the joke than just a recap of the picture. Pertinent, off-the-wall or sometimes just surreal in a perfectly-focused way. So go ahead – try your luck. You could be the next person to find some free, original Doc Rat artwork winging its way to your home. 
Jan/Feb 2018

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Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.
 

New Caption Competition Oct/Dec 2017

The final caption competition for 2017 is here. We have Jarrad’s friend Macaulay at the computer. He’s a wizard with a keyboard at those feathertips.
Use your imagination and come up with something funny to complete the cartoon. The competition winners have usually been those whose caption adds more to the joke than just a recap of the picture. Pertinent, off-the-wall or sometimes just surreal in a perfectly-focused way. So go ahead – try your luck. You could be the next person to find some free, original Doc Rat artwork winging its way to your home. 
Oct/Dec 2017

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Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.
 
Some people have had trouble getting the caption entry machine to work. If that happens, please just e-mail to me on :jenner email address

Go Tigers!

The Richmond Tigers have won the AFL premiership. September 30th 2017. Pat the Tiger and Pat the Dog went wild!

Pat the Tiger is a massive fan of the Richmond Tigers AFL football club, in the game we call Australian Rules football. Pat and his partner Pat the Dog have just been watching their mighty Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the Grand Final. They’ve been shouting themselves hoarse. 

The final score:
Richmond Tigers: 16 Goals, 12 Behinds = 108 Points
Adelaide Crows: 8 Goals, 12 Behinds = 60 Points

RICHMOND WINS THE 2017 PREMIERSHIP!  For the first time since 1980!

Pat and Pat are ecstatic. It’s going to be an exhausting night of celebration for both of them! 

New Caption Competition Jul/Sep 2017

Hi all you happy Doc Rat readers. Here’s the next Caption Competition challenge for you. It’s the serving staff for Hasty Taste deep-fried lardburgers. Now, use your imagination and come up with something funny to complete the cartoon. The competition winners have usually been those whose caption adds more to the joke than
Jul/Sep 2017

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just a recap of the picture. Pertinent, off-the-wall or sometimes just surreal in a perfectly-focused way. So go ahead – try your luck. You could be the next person to find some free, original Doc Rat artwork winging its way to your home. 

 

Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.

Some people have had trouble getting the caption entry machine to work. If that happens, please just e-mail to me on :jenner email address

Here are the three strips from the Doc Rat story showcasing our smiling Tasmanian devil who sells these dubious burgers from the hospital’s fast-food servery. You personally may or may not think that such an outlet has a place in a hospital, but that sort of thing does happen. (Legal disclaimer: This is a general fast food parody and is not meant to comment on the attributes of any particular company or products.)

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Happy fatty salty Hasty Taste

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Happy kiddie ad for Hasty Taste

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Junk integrity with Hasty Taste

And we have a new winner, from May/Jun 2017

May/Jun 2017

Alun Rundle caption competition winner CC-74

Alun Rundle, Newport, South Wales, UK

You came up with the perfect motivational message for all people with asthma. 
How can someone look at this and not smile. Isn’t Jarrad delightful?
The prize will be on its way to you soon.
Click on the picture to see this joke and all the honourable mentions.
And enter the current contest. You too could be a winner. 

New Caption Competition May/Jun 2017

 

May/Jun 2017

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Here it is.

Okay, a little late, I admit, but better late than never. 

Jarrad is going for a run and demonstrating that he won’t be held back by a touch of exercise-induced asthma.

Click on the picture to be taken to the competition page. Then send me the funniest caption you can think of, and if yours makes me laugh the most, you’ll win the actual picture itself. Get to it.

Some people have had trouble getting the caption entry machine to work. If that happens, please just e-mail to me on :jenner email address

 
 

And we have a new winner, from Mar/Apr 2017

Mar/Apr 2017

Philip McCarty caption winner CC-73

Philip McCarty, Owens Cross Roads Alabama, USA

Thank you for a genuinely funny joke that made me laugh out loud at my computer. 

The prize will be on its way to you soon.

Click on the picture to see this joke and all the honourable mentions. 

 

The Doc Rat archives

If you want to read Doc Rat from the beginning, until recently you would have been disappointed to find it absolutely empty from 2006 to 2014. I am working now to restore that. Every week, I load another twenty strips into the archive page, and I’m pleased to report that at this moment it’s up to DR0340, which first came out on October 12th 2007. As it takes an hour out of my working day to do it, and as I work on Doc Rat one day a week, then twenty a week is all I can manage.  There’s some good reading to be had, at this stage.

Don’t forget that Doc Rat is also on Facebook and Twitter, both the latest ones and those golden oldies from ten years ago. 

 

Jenner will be at Anthrocon 2017

I will be attending Anthrocon, in Pittsburgh PA, June 29th to July 2nd,  2017. Keep an eye out for me where you see Bill Holbrook, of Kevin and Kell fame.

I really look forward to meeting everyone who can make it there. Certainly if you’re already planning to go, then look me up – we can share a sketch and a story or two.

 

Jenner will be at Anthrocon 2017

I will be attending Anthrocon, in Pittsburgh PA, June 29th to July 2nd,  2017. Keep an eye out for me where you see Bill Holbrook, of Kevin and Kell fame.

I really look forward to meeting everyone who can make it there. Certainly if you’re already planning to go, then look me up – we can share a sketch and a story or two.

Jenner had a great time at ThronesCon 2017

ThronesCon 2017

ThronesCon 2017 Jenner on the Iron Throne

While I’m at it, I must tell you about ThronesCon 2017, a Game of Thrones convention that was held here in Melbourne on the weekend of May 20th and 21st. I had a wonderful time talking, laughing, telling stories, and also selling sketches and my limited-edition prints. As you see in the illustration, the con scheduled four of the cast performers to come to Australia. Although one had to cancel due to sudden unavoidable reasons, we still had great congeniality and conviviality from Dominic Carter (Lord Janos Slynt), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel) and Ian Beattie (Ser Meryn Trant). 

When I can, I’ll give you all a better look at the caricature artwork.

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ThronesCon 2017 Guests caricature print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update June 7th 2017. Here’s a better look at my four caricatures from ThronesCon 2017, Melbourne, Australia.

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Syrio Forel. Art by Jenner.

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Ser Meryn Trant. Art by Jenner.

ThronesCon

Lancel Lannister. Art by Jenner.

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Lord Janos Slynt. Art by Jenner.

Memories of Watership Down, and a little childhood trauma

I read Richard Adams’ Watership Down in 1978 at the age of eighteen, and for me it was, alongside The Lord of the Rings and Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, one of the influential books that shaped my dreams and imagination for a decade.

Artistic poster of a rabbit being strangled to death

Artistic poster of a rabbit being strangled to death

For someone who emotionally connected with anthropomorphic animal fantasy, on me it scored a direct hit. This was because it took itself deadly seriously whilst still maintaining an animal-simple world view. Life was uncomplicated, beautiful, sometimes desperate and sometimes deadly. It was the raw, vital essence of living, distilled with the complexity removed; it felt like undiluted existence Although its origins were Adams’ tale-telling to a couple of children, the final version of the story in the book of Watership Down was that of a child of nature told adult-to-adult. I have never found this vibe captured in any book I have read since – Watership Down is unique.

Not only did I fall for it utterly, it so chanced to happen that I travelled on holiday to England at the end of that year – the first time I, an Australian, had ever set foot in the ‘motherland’. This was a Watership bonanza for me. The movie had just been released, and as I rode on the London underground for the first time in my life, I was treated to the sight of huge posters on the walls, depicting a rabbit blackly silhouetted against the setting sun. This was a stunning image. A closer look showed, subtly placed behind the foreground plants and grasses, a wire snare around his neck strangling him to death. This vouched the production’s credentials – it would be a story that would pull no punches. When I stayed with family friends in Gerrard’s Cross, with access to strolls through the woods of Burnham Beeches (a world both alien and familiar to me), I was then finally able to go to the local cinema to watch the animated feature for the first time.

It was all I could have hoped for. They had made as good a movie of the book as anyone could have expected in the real world. I bought the picture book of the film (you couldn’t buy actual movies in those days. folks) and later the LP album of the beautiful musical score.

For the crowning glory, I took a train to Newbury and spent a day hiking from there to Whitchurch, through the heart of the actual Berkshire countryside in which Adams had set the story. And which, I may add, the film makers had painstakingly depicted, location by location, in their background art. This even included the actual building of Nuthanger Farm, a private residence that played a central part in both book and film. The down, the power pylons, the railway, the church yard, all were there. That month of my life was a thrill that will never quite be matched.

I don’t think Adams thought of Watership Down as a children’s book. But do I think the producers of the film felt compelled to market it as such or face commercial failure. As a result, we had the strange instance of the principal characters of a ‘kids’ flick’ tearing one another’s throats out and bleeding to death on screen. I think all that proves is it wasn’t really a kids’ flick.

Movie stills - not quite as artistic

Movie stills – not quite as artistic

This left parents with the uncomfortable dilemma of whether or not to take their children to it. I remember the next year, back in Australia, my aunt and uncle asking me whether I thought it would be frightening to my niece, who I think must have been about six at the time. They were concerned because she had recently watched another animal movie, ostensibly for children, from which she had come away traumatised – silent, clinging, cowering and refusing to speak. I sat her down and pulled out my picture book. I gently showed her some of the beautiful scenes of the rabbits and the countryside. And, admittedly, the fighting. And the lacerations. And suffocations. And strangulations. And exsanguinations. And… by the look on her face I reached the firm conclusion that if my little niece had been terrified by one single scene in some other animal movie, then perhaps a screening of Watership Down would not be for her.

I told my uncle and aunt it wouldn’t be a good idea to take her to the cinema. They thanked me for my counsel.

Oh, and incidentally, what was the original movie that had terrified the daylights out of her? The Tales of Beatrix Potter, as performed by the Royal Ballet. I never did find out why.

 

FOOTNOTES

  • I was inspired to write this post in response to a segment about films that caused childhood traumas, broadcast by Nick Hodges on the excellent on-line channel History Buffs.
  • Jasmine Jaegermond’s maiden name was Down. I named her after this book.

We have a couple of winning entries for the Caption Competitions

The winner for the November/December 2016 caption competition is Yvonne “Catbunny” Pawtowski.

Nov/Dec 2016 Doc Rat caption competition winner

Catbunny caption winner

 

 

Catbunny surprised me with a rather off-beam entry – it was such a departure from the obvious that it made me stop and think. I love the unexpected! Of course, you get the Eighties pop culture reference, I hope. See this entry and the other suggestions that won special mentions by clicking the link HERE

 

 

…and the winner for the January/February 2017 caption competition is Brian Coe.

Jan/Feb caption winner

Brian Coe caption winner

 

As always, I most enjoy a submission (and as it’s about a suppository, I really don’t want to call this one an “entry”) that adds an extra idea to the whole of the joke. The picture and caption together should give a better end result than the picture alone. 

See this and the other entries by clicking the link HERE.

Congratulations, Catbunny and Brian, your prizes will soon be on their way to you. 

 

 

 

New competition for March/April 2017

Doc Rat Caption Competition March-April 2017

Doc Rat Caption Competition March-April 2017

Here’s the next one, to get you thinking. Remember, if you win the competition, you win the artwork. I don’t care how many goes you have at it. Try some obvious ones and some off-the-wall ones. Just go to the competition page HERE.

Some people have noted they have had trouble submitting their caption through the form. This seems to happen with some platforms or devices. Don’t be discouraged, just send it to me through the CONTACT page or e-mail me directly on jenner email address

 

 

 

Convention appearances:

Jenner will be attending FURDU on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, from 5th to 7th May, and ANTHROCON in Pittsburgh PA, USA, from 29th June to 2nd July. 

Back in Business

Thanks for being patient during the short spell while I caught up. I’m sure you’re all waiting to find out what exciting events happen next!

And thank you for the letters of support. Onward…!caption-competition-072-small

New caption competition

Use your imagination to come up with a funny caption. If the entry form doesn’t work, please just send me an e-mail through the contact form or at jenner email address 

Jenner was at ConFurgence 2017, Melbourne Australia, January 6th – 8th.

ConFurgence 2017

Jenner selling Doc Rat merchandise at ConFurgence 2017, Melbourne, Australia.

Jenner selling Doc Rat merchandise at ConFurgence 2017, Melbourne, Australia.

 

Rat pause, December 2016

It is with a heavy heart that I press the pause button on Doc Rat for two weeks. Many tribulations have weighed down my progress lately, including computer malfunction, and although I hadn’t planned for it to go this way, I have had to decide that health and sanity are important things for me to value if I am to sustain Doc Rat in the long run.

So, this is just temporary. You’ll find out what happens to Daniella in exactly two weeks, because Doc Rat will commence again on Wednesday January 4th, 2017. Hang in there, rat fanciers. 

Jenner

Jenner will be at ConFurgence 2017, Melbourne Australia, January 6th – 8th.

ConFurgence 2017

ConFurgence 2017

We have a winning entry for the Caption Competition

The winner for the Sep/Oct 2016 caption competition is Rob Falconer.

Sep/Oct 2016 Doc Rat caption competition winner

Rob Falconer caption winner

Rob Falconer has been a regular contributor to the Caption Competition. All his persistence has finally paid off, as he has now joined to list of prize winners for having come up with the funniest caption. See this entry and the others by clicking the link HERE

 

 

 

 

The competition for Nov/Dec is now open.

Go to the competition site and start thinking of the caption you think will best make Jenner laugh out loud. Who knows? You may win, and if you do, you will become the proud owner of the original artwork.
Doc Rat Caption Competition November-December 2016

Doc Rat Caption Competition November-December 2016

Some people have noted they have had trouble submitting their caption through the form. This seems to happen with some platforms or devices. Don’t be discouraged, just send it to me through the CONTACT page or e-mail me directly on jenner email address
The featured animal is a quoll, a marsupial carnivore about the size of a cat.

 

Jenner interviewed about Doc Rat

Jenner was recently interviewed by Curtis Hoffman on the Basket Case site. You may read it HERE.
Follow this link to the Basket Case interview with Jenner

Doc Rat: Just what the doctor ordered.

Get Uncle Kage Down Under fundraiser

Jenner art commission auction – Get Uncle Kage Down Under fundraiser

Uncle Kage has been a regular attendee at the annual Australian furry convention ConFurgence (formerly MiDFur), held in Melbourne, Victoria. He gives so much to the fans that he has helped make the event sparkle with wicked yet intelligent fun.

For ConFurgence 2017, in January 6th -8th 2017, I would dearly love to see him there again. But with the current cost of air fares, he needs a little help to make the dollar stretch that last little way.

So, here’s where I want to pitch in. I will sell an art commission. The money will go entirely to topping up the Uncle Kage travel fund with the hope of bringing him to Australia in 2017.

I will draw on paper, A4 size, a full-colour picture of your character in black ink pen and pencils. I will also scan it and provide a digitally coloured copy as well. The picture may be of your character alone, or standing side by side with Uncle Kage himself.

I will complete the commission within one month of payment.

UPDATE: THE AUCTION IS NOW OVER! THANK YOU TO THE BIDDERS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SUCCESSFUL BUYER.

 

Jenner