A Jolly Lark

Remember how I read a lot of books with antiquated vocabulary as a child? (See A Bosom Friend for more.) Well, here’s another comic based on that. When I asked for her opinion on this comic, Charlotte called it “The most unfunny thing [I] have ever written.” Maybe she just didn’t like it because she wasn’t in it. Or maybe I only think it’s funny because I am sick and consuming lots of cough syrup and then lots of coffee to combat the sleepy effects of the cough syrup. Maybe this comic is best enjoyed while drinking cough syrup and coffee.*










*Not a serious recommendation. Please don’t drink cough syrup and coffee.





45 responses to “A Jolly Lark”

  1. aviets Avatar

    I’ve had the same trouble all my life. Phrases that seem normal to me are really only normal to the people in the old and/or British books I read. I get a lot of “huh?!?!” when I accidentally drop them in conversation. -Amy at http://www.momgoeson.wordpress.com

  2. aviets Avatar

    Oh, and I got the “bosom friend” reference immediately. LOVE Anne Shirley. :) -Amy

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Me too :) I think she’s one of my favorite characters ever written.

  3. ladyserenity92 Avatar

    Reblogged this on Ladyserenity's Weblog and commented:
    Can’t wait for part “two”!

  4. Ola D. Avatar

    This is just lovely :)

  5. notquiteold Avatar

    I read Nancy Drew. I wanted a roadster.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Nancy Drew is the Queen. I want a roadster! And to stumble upon mysteries and coincidences every other day!

  6. epicaldragon13 Avatar

    Its all the detail in these comics that makes them brilliant. Well done! :)

  7. silkpurseproductions Avatar

    Nancy Drew is all that and more! I have to tell you she’s not that funny though. I giggled as soon as you said, “jolly lark”. It is just one of those things that is fun to say. I’m thinking your sisters should have spent less time with video games and more time with books. No offence to the none readers. We all need a jolly lark occasionally. *giggling*

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      We were all big readers, but not all of us liked the old classics. SOME of us mostly read Babysitters Club and Goosebumps. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

      1. silkpurseproductions Avatar

        I was big on the “Bobbsey Twins” when I first started reading. There were no “Babysitters Club” or “Goosebumps” then. Wow! I’m old.

  8. Domino Park Comics Avatar

    What are you sisters doing in this strip? It looks like those punched cards we used to sew yarn through.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Playing Nintendo!

      1. Domino Park Comics Avatar

        Oh, Nintendo. Than you and your sisters are much younger than me and mine. But, I still relate to everything you write, minus the electronics. We had to sew and knit for fun.
        Tell your sister that your fans think this is funny. Everyone wants a Jolly Lark!

      2. Meagan Michelle Avatar

        Don’t worry Nicole, your art makes it clear that those are NES controllers. I am more confused by these mysterious yarn cards . . .

        1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

          I have yarn cards for my daughter, I think… They have holes in them and you wind the yarn through to make designs? If that’s the same thing…

  9. She's a Maineiac Avatar

    Loved this one. Hope you feel better soon!

  10. Elyse Avatar

    When we lived overseas we had English neighbors who were always calling things “a lark” — I loved it!

    Feel better — and it’s nice to see you!

  11. JackieP Avatar

    LOL, I used to read a lot of British romance novels when I was young, so yeah, I can relate when I would say things like ‘jolly lark’ or knew what a regency book was, or what ‘coming out’ meant. So yeah, we all need a good ole jolly lark!

    1. Emily Avatar

      Wait, you mean “coming out” in the debutante sense, or “coming out” as in, coming out of the closet?

      1. JackieP Avatar

        Well it was regency times, so coming out in the debutante sense.

  12. Jennie S. Avatar

    No, it’s perfect! I was that same kind of little girl – always full of words far too big for my mouth.

  13. Joy U.K. Avatar
    Joy U.K.

    Adorable- such a little girl moment :) Thank you for sharing!

  14. Joy U.K. Avatar
    Joy U.K.

    PS: ever use hooligans and shenanigans? Malarky is another good one. Old words are awesome, you are not weird, looking forward to the next comic!

  15. swo8 Avatar

    I think it’s pretty funny.

  16. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer Avatar

    Where can I get those fabulous fabrics you used in your furniture? Ducky, simply ducky.

  17. muddledmom Avatar

    I think it’s funny, even if I didn’t have quite the same reading list as you growing up. As a kid, I wouldn’t have had a clue what you were talking about. That’s what makes this so clever. Love this.

  18. becomingcliche Avatar

    Charlotte’s just wrong!

    1. Emily Avatar

      Charlotte’s not in this story–it’s just Nicki, Ashley, and Chrissy.

      1. becomingcliche Avatar

        Which is probably why she thought it wasn’t funny! :D

  19. Tara Meghan Avatar
    Tara Meghan

    It’s funny!

  20. talesfromthemotherland Avatar

    Forever a fan, these always make my day.

  21. bhbkidstyle Avatar

    I don’t agree with Charlotte, I think it is funny. – Just finished my morning coffee but the caffeine has not kicked in, yet which is a good measuring device in my case. :)

    I hope you are much better by now!

  22. credmayne Avatar

    Fantastic facial expressions as ever!

  23. reneejohnsonwrites Avatar

    That may also explain my penchant for misspelling words, putting in ‘u’ and ‘e’ where they don’t belong.

  24. LoriGraham (@scenesofjoy) Avatar

    Made me laugh. I too have spent way too much time in Victorian England :)

  25. Nicetomeetu Avatar

    Just love your illustrations! So unique! :)

  26. Dani Avatar

    These are the best!!

  27. mrgregmilo Avatar

    I definitely would have been playing Nintendo, not reading, but later in life, I did become infatuated with the phrase “confound it, I’ve got the gout,” which I read from one of the Three Musketeer books.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      What a great turn of phrase!

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