My Journal

Comfort & Joy Notes

A fair number of folks each December are kind enough to say how much they have enjoyed the “Comfort and Joy” holiday episode of Justice League I wrote about 149 years ago. While going through a few old things recently, I found the set of note cards I wrote up at the time after discussing the basic plot with the JL producers and writers. Generally for animation scripts, I rough out ideas on note cards, pin them up, move them around, throw out any that don’t work, and write the outline based on what’s left. Sometimes I’ll write out whole scenes on cards, sometimes just snatches of possible dialogue, or work up quick sketches for guest characters, action sequences, or various other bits of business. Below is a sampling of cards that lay out several story beats of the episode, along with a couple of gag sketches of what Wonder Woman and Batman were up to while everyone else was celebrating.

Jingle Belle’s Christmas Party

It’s party time at the North Pole, where Jingle Belle Kringle plays hostess to her friends. Of course there are a few crashers, but Jing’s bouncer Krampus keeps out the “undesirables.”

Ida Red and Mezcal brought a pinata from Texas. Jing’s wild swings shower the guests with candy, prizes, bruises and concussions.

Polly the Witch brought her famous eggnog. And, unfortunately, some of her magic potions.

Tashi’s date is Jólakötturinn, the vicious Iclandic Yule Cat. Sure hope he doesn’t have to use the sandbox.

The grotesque antics at the snack table underscore the sad truth that elves and fairies should never be given sugar.

Jing welcomes Boo & Hiss, the newest members of her cartoon “family”, to the festivities.

Eventually Jing lets in her dad to hear the wishes of all the kids who sit on his lap. Mrs. Claus is not thrilled.

That’s it for this year! See you next Christmas!