If you were growing up in the late 90s to early 2000s and had Cartoon Network on your TV, chances are you’ve probably seen or at least heard of the cartoon show Ed, Edd ‘N’ Eddy. Animated by a cross-border team of Canadian and US animators and running on Cartoon Network from 1999 to 2009 (it ended with a ‘movie’ called Ed, Edd ‘N’ Eddy’s Big Picture Show), the show follows three preteen boys in a suburban neighbourhood who just all so happen to be named ‘Ed’, short for ‘Edward’ or ‘Edwin’, or a variation of it. Edd (with two D’s) nicknames himself “Double D” to distinguish himself from Ed (with just one D). It has grown to become one of CN’s classic cartoons from the 90s/early 2000s along with the likes of The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory and Teen Titans.
I’ve always liked to create my own versions of cartoons which are already ‘out there’, so one day I thought about what would happen if there was a Months version of Ed, Edd ‘N’ Eddy. The answer: Oct, Nov ‘N’ Dec.
Taking their names from the abbreviations for October, November and December to make “Oct, Nov ‘N’ Dec”, these three show off the ultimate in ‘cool’ in Monthland (it takes place in the same universe as the main Months series). Oct is the skateboard fanatic who’s always doing ollies and grinds around the neighbourhood, even if it’s against the ‘authorities’; Nov is the kind heart who loves to bake and look out for his friends; and Dec is the city slicker who’s into good food, good drinks and good times.
They are all a little older than Ed, Edd and Eddy – Oct is 15, Nov is 14, and Dec is 22 (so he can be a little over the legal age to drink alcohol in the US). It could be seen as Ed, Edd ‘N’ Eddy set a little further on into the future, except it’s very much set in the present. In keeping with the ‘abbreviated names’ theme, all of Oct, Nov and Dec’s best friends are named with month shortenings – so there’s Jan, Mar, Apr (pronounced ‘Aper’, like ‘caper’), Jul (pronounced similar to the name ‘Jules’) and Sep/Sept (he apparently doesn’t like it when people pronounce the ‘T’ in his name, so he acts as the ‘villain’ for the series).
All this was only an experiment to see what would happen if one cartoon got turned into another with my own characters, so I never made it into a full-fledged series. (I still do this sometimes with my own series – so I often think of Sackville Sailor as being in tandem with the Canadian children’s TV show Theodore Tugboat, both sharing a similar nautical theme but replacing the boats with sailors. Unlike Oct, Nov ‘N’ Dec, however, Sackville Sailor is a fully-grown show, with me drawing artwork and writing stories for it.)