Another new Episode to celebrate Christmas! I couldn't let a Christmas go by without some new content, so enjoy this, albeit brief, new piece!
If you've been paying attention, you'll notice a couple of things. Firstly, this comic features all 5 Howler Monkeys, plus all 4 Knockouts, PLUS Comet. This hasn't happened for some time. In fact, it hasn't happened since Episode 10/10: Wedding 3.0, published on 9 July 2012! That's THREE AND A HALF YEARS, YOU TURKEYS.
Secondly, I once again snuck the Drunken Irish Fightin' Fairies into frame (near the rear of the sleigh/Santa's sack). I love these characters, even though they've only had proper appearances in two Eps (I've lost track of how many other Eps I've hidden them in).
Thirdly, our old friend Krampus makes an appearance. 2015 has been a veritable Kramp-a-palooza, with I think approximately ten thousand movies featuring the in-vogue fabled beast (he's also waaay easier to draw than eight reindeer).
Finally, you will notice a significant change in M.D's appearance... He's gone from his trademark Miami Vice-esque designer stubble, to a full beard. I sketched M.D. with a beard earlier in the year [see below], and decided to make it a permanent change (mainly because I usually drift in and out of various stages of beardiness, but this year I maintained a full beard ALL YEAR, despite the tropical heat of Cairns!). I dunno if this will result in a beard-off between M.D. and Beardo; we'll have to wait and see...
My goal is to one day reach 200 Episodes. If I stick to my annual Christmas Episode, it will only take another 40 years! 2016 will be, I hope, a year of more HMs content and surprises.
Whatever you do between now and 1 January, be safe and happy. Peace out.