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Turkey-carcass sled comic from 1984: Kenny Be's Hip Tip do-over

Original 1984 turkey-carcass sled comic on the left, 2010 do-over drawing on the right.
Original 1984 turkey-carcass sled comic on the left, 2010 do-over drawing on the right.

The turkey-carcass sled comic seen above advises that the leftover skeleton from the Thanksgiving dinner can double as an inexpensive toboggan. It sounds like a ridiculous idea, but it is based on a true-life childhood experience of a Westword co-worker...

Black and white carcass coaster.
Black and white carcass coaster.

The drawing above was inspired by former farm girl and Westword business manager Dee Jones. Apparently, after a childhood Thanksgiving dinner, Dee's Yuma County, Colorado mother would meticulously pick the meat from the turkey and then run the carcass through the dishwasher one time to craft a perfect snow sled for her kids.

The true-life story was equal parts fascinating, funny and disgusting -- a winning combination for comic material. However, when I sat down to draw, I wasn't sure what a turkey skeleton looked like, or how a child would fit inside. I drew the turkey carcass with bound legs while sledding down the hill ass first.

After 26 years of research and regret, I felt that I should make a comic correction. The result is shown below...

 

The proper seating position for coasting on the remains of Thanksgiving day.
The proper seating position for coasting on the remains of Thanksgiving day.

As seen in the illustration above, the turkey carcass has been turned a full 180 degrees, putting the wing bones of the skeleton in the perfect position to make sled runners. The neck-first position also allows the child rider to rest her feet on the collar bones and use the thigh bones for handles. The wishbone makes a convenient hitch to tie a tow rope.

Other than that, the comic from 1984 looks pretty much the same as the comic drawn in 2010. Dee Jones still looks pretty much the same too -- and she still works at Westword all these years later. I dedicate this Hip Tip comic do-over to her. Thank you, Dee! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

More from our Kenny Be/Comics archive: "Rocky Flats to open as Thanksgivingland theme park: Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario."


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