Under the Sea





117 responses to “Under the Sea”

  1. sj Avatar


    “But shorely, it did go on.”


    (still laughing)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      :) It’s good to know I can always resort to puns to make you laugh!

      1. sj Avatar

        Always. I’m a sucker for a good/terrible pun.

    2. smileygigglez Avatar

      ~ Ohhh! I See What You Did There! LOL

  2. Audrey Avatar

    That’s awesome! And so beautiful too!!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! The ocean is just teeming with them. I figured the commenters would keep piling them on :)

      1. Paprika Furstenburg Avatar

        So, you’d say you were expecting a wave of ocean related puns in the comments?

  3.  Avatar

    OMG, the word play is fabulous! Might I just say the cut paper icons on the bottom–freaking awesome!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! I just figured out how to put them there! :D

  4. Saara Avatar

    You’re awesome! And amazing! Awesomely amazing!!!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      You are too kind.

  5. speaker7 Avatar

    I think my fav is the “sea turtle” …so awesome.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I drew a sketch a few weeks ago of Ashley wearing a box as a turtle shell, and I loved it so much that I basically wrote the comic around it :)

  6. Jericha Senyak (@JerichaSenyak) Avatar

    aaaaand this just made my day.

  7. sweetmother Avatar

    have you seen the frickin’ dog chasing the crab video? seriously. for some reason your post reminded me of it. as usual, i thoroughly enjoyed. xo

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Hahaha, I haven’t! I’ll have to track it down now!

  8. Emily Avatar

    Wow, it never occurred to me as a kid to tie oversized pant legs together to make a “mermaid tail.” Chrissy is very creative. :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      What, no props to me for wearing tights on my head? ;)

  9. Margie Avatar

    You are incredibly clever and talented. What a great way to tell this story!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I was really floundering for an idea for the alt text this time.

  10. Scritch Avatar

    hahahah brillopads.

  11. Rae Avatar

    I wish I had four sisters to play Little Mermaid with! My brothers weren’t too keen on it and I had to settle for watching it on an endless loop.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Oh yeah, we were all crazy for The Little Mermaid… but not the Disney a version. A sad anime version with a mermaid named Marina who turns to sea foam at the end. Plus… she didn’t wear shells.

  12. whatimeant2say Avatar

    That looks like a lot more fun than the times we had as kids playing “house”. I was always the dog.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha! Ashley and Charlotte used to fight for who got to be the dog. I was always the mom because I was the bossiest.

      1. whatimeant2say Avatar

        Now that I think about it, it seems quite odd that I, as the control freak, would usually plead for the more subservient role!

      1. asoulwalker Avatar

        I have the theme stuck in my head right now.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :) We played this SO many times. I still remember all the weird make-believe games we’d play.

  13. hebe in dc Avatar

    Love it. Another brilliant post.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Glad you liked it! :D

  14. barbaramattio Avatar

    I really liked your blog, it is very creative.

  15. becomingcliche Avatar

    I simply hate it when the cephalopods get up in arms. Well done. Freshly Pressed gods, where are you?

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha! I guess they heard you!

  16. Another Perspective Photography Avatar

    This is hilarious. It too me a second to get it- but my goodness it’s hilarious!!!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :) Glad you think so!

  17. restlessjo Avatar

    I’m not as observant as many of your readers, but still in awe of your talent! Superb!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      :) Thanks for stopping by!

  18. bhbkidstyle Avatar

    Oh, brilliant! …. and those eyebrows again!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      A shrimp with eyebrows really cracked me up for some reason. Thinking of making a card with the shrimp on it. :)

  19. missemmalou Avatar

    Awww… you had an awesome childhood!

  20. Jaki Belanger Avatar

    Just can’t wait for my email notification. Cracks me up every time

  21. Irene Avatar

    I love how you keep everyone in character right till the end.. love your work!

  22. juzheard Avatar

    Nice, really nice

  23. thefishwifey Avatar

    LOL. love love love! super cute.

  24. Eda Avatar


  25. Angie Z. Avatar

    I so love the way this was revealed to be you all dressing up — brilliant, Nicki. The red tights on the head is perfect.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I thought the red tights were so convincing. I really felt like I WAS a shrimp when wore those things on my head. It was so magical.

  26. beckysaysthings Avatar

    This is definitely genius. Do you have a book deal? Why don’t you have a book deal? This would be a Christmas bestseller in the blink of a little felt eye. :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ha! Well, I think one has to have a book first… but thanks for the vote of confidence!

  27. DianaX Avatar

    genius :)

  28. Charlotte Avatar

    Poor octo-Char, I feel for you!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Water you talkin’ about? She was just fin!

  29. squashedfly Avatar

    Oh you are a genius. Really great. Made me smile.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Glad I could make you smile! :D

  30. stonidee Avatar

    Reblogged this on The Everyday Entertainment of A Wife, Mommy, Friend & Weirdee!! and commented:
    Yet another tasty treat!

  31. calilou Avatar

    This is adorable! Just found your blog and I love it, can’t wait to see what you post in the future :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! Glad to have you here :)

  32. Abdul Moiz Avatar
    Abdul Moiz


      1. Abdul Moiz Avatar
        Abdul Moiz

        My pleasure.

  33. la-vandala-abusiva Avatar

    really, you’re a genius!!It’s fun and creative.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Glad you think so!

  34. Go Jules Go Avatar

    Ha HA! I don’t even know how you managed to make every little costume so perfect. I love this!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      We spent a lot of time on costuming. It’s so important ;)

  35. Explore & Feel Avatar

    Hahahaha brilliant!! Keep up the work! Looking forward to your new strip!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! I appreciate it!

  36. Alrun Avatar

    Wow! Das machst du echt super!

    Ich freue mich auf weitere Geschichten. :D

    Liebe Grüße
    Alrun&Inka(Flat Coated Retriever)

    Edit: Ich hoffe ,du kannst ein paar Brocken deutsch^^Wenn nicht hier noch mal auf Englisch(hoffentlich ist nicht zu falsch übersetzt) :D

    Wow! You did it very well!
    I look forward to more storys .
    Alrun&Inka(Flat Coated Retriever)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you so much! :D

      1. Alrun Avatar

        You’re Welcome! :)

  37. cerealboxblues Avatar

    You are fucking amazing I am gonna put your link on a post that literally has nothing
    but a link to your ridiculously cool shit!

    *You see I am just like everyone else :) GP


    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha, thank you! I appreciate the enthusiasm!

  38. MJ, Nonstepmom Avatar

    The last frame is priceless ! We did the same thing as kids…why is it whenever someone wanted to change character it would throw off the whole game; as if an extra mermaid would upset the natural order of the entire world…;)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I don’t know, sort of baffling now. :)

  39. pegoleg Avatar

    Mutiny UNDER the Bounty! Looks like only Tess is happy about the situation.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      :D Tess was usually blissfully unaware of tense moments until a fight erupted.

  40.  Avatar

    thanks my litlle princess

  41.  Avatar

    hi like this

  42. Winn Avatar

    Yes, what about all your panels in a book like the awesome Calvin and Hobbs one? Oh, the expression on that octopus! Those eyebrows really did the trick!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Hopefully someday I’ll have one! Thank again for your advice, Winn :)

  43. SJ Avatar

    Really liked all efforts of making those cut-outs from scrap…Good work!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! It’s really fun for me, so I don’t mind taking the time!

  44. russelllindsey Avatar

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde and commented:
    Under the sea …

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