A mud turtle by trade

Churchy LaFemme: a mud turtle by trade; he enjoys composing songs and poems, often with ridiculous and abrasive lyrics and nonsense rhymes. His name is a play on the French phrase Cherchez la femme, («Look for the woman»). Perhaps the least sensible of the major players, Churchy is superstitious to a fault (for example, panicking when he discovers that Friday the 13th falls on a Wednesday that month). Churchy is usually an active partner in Howland’s outlandish schemes, and prone to (sometimes physical) confrontation with him when they (inevitably) run afoul. Churchy may have once been a buccaneer, because for a time in the early strips he wore a pirate’s hat and was sometimes referred to as «Cap’n LaFemme.» This seems incongruous for the guileless Churchy, however, who is far more likely to play-act with Owl at being a pantomime pirate than the genuine article.


Собственно, жирным отмечен оборот, который встречается довольно часто, меня он долгое время смущал и я, наконец, погуглил о чем вообще речь идет и наткнулся на совершенно новое для меня значение этого слова, по мимо торговли.

trade [treɪd] сущ. — занятие, ремесло, профессия.

jeweller by trade — ювелир по профессии
They’ve completely ruined the tourist trade for the next few years. — Они полностью разрушили туристический бизнес на последующие несколько лет.
He learnt his trade as a diver in the North Sea. — Он обучился профессии водолаза на Северном море.

profession, occupation, craft

Плюс к тому, выяснилось вот на этой странице, что это выражение применимо только к работе/профессии связанной именно с физическим трудом, а не с умственным, это вообще очень хорошо вписывается в характер персонажа, особенно если учитывать, что он периодически использует эту фразу в рассказе о себе. Тяжелая работа — быть черепахой, и не поспоришь.

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I often hear ‘He is a carpenter by trade.’ or ‘He is a blacksmith by trade.’.
Is the idiom ‘by trade’ used only for skilled workers such as carpenter or blacksmith?
Can’t you use it for white-collar workers such as sales person, secretary or researcher?
For example, how about ‘I’m a pharmacist by trade.’?

I’d say ‘by trade’ is usually only used to refer to an occupation involving skilled manual or mechanical work. I’d never say ‘a secretary by trade’ or ‘a researcher by trade’, but I might possibly say ‘a pharmacist by trade’ — probably due to the fact that I’ve heard many pharmacists complain that their job seems to consist primarily of manually measuring or counting out medication.

Publication history

The characters of Pogo the possum and Albert the alligator were created by Kelly in 1941, for issue #1 of Animal Comics, in a story titled «Albert Takes The Cake.» Both were created as comic foils for a young black boy named Bumbazine, who also lived in the Swamp. Kelly found it hard to write for the human boy, preferring to use the animals to their full comic potential, and eventually phased Bumbazine out. Pogo quickly took center stage, assuming the straight man role that Bumbazine had occupied.

In 1948, Kelly was hired to draw political cartoons for the short-lived New York Star newspaper, and decided to do a daily comic strip featuring the characters he had created for Animal Comics. Pogo debuted on October 4 of that year and ran continuously until the paper folded on January 28, 1949. On May 16 of the same year, the strip was picked up for national distribution by Post-Hall Syndicate, and ran continuously until (and past) Kelly’s death from diabetes in 1973. It was then continued for a few years by Kelly’s wife, Selby, and son Stephen before ceasing publication in 1975. Selby said in a 1982 interview that she decided to discontinue the strip because newspapers had shrunk the size of strips to the point where people couldn’t easily read it.

In 1989, the Los Angeles Times revived the strip under the title Walt Kelly’s Pogo, written at first by Larry Doyle and Neal Sternecky, then by Sternecky alone. After Sternecky quit in March 1992, Kelly’s son Peter and daughter Carolyn continued to produce the strip, but interest waned and the revived strip was dropped from syndication after only a few years.


Autobiography by Walt Kelly

On August 25, 1913, Walt Kelly, a clear-eyed youth of honest Scotch-Irish-English-French-Austrian blood found himself in Philadelphia, Pa. He was one day old, and although his ancestors had been rooted along the shores of the Delaware for 150 years, he immediately hatched a plan. Two years later, he was in Bridgeport, Connecticut, complete with father, mother, sister and sixteen teeth, all his own.

Ten years later to the day, he was twelve years and one day old. He had survived fire (fell into the coal scuttle with a jack-o-lantern in 1919), flood (homemade boat struck a swimming duck and splintered, 1923), starvation (lost the lunch on a fishing expedition with father, 1924), savage beasts (rabid rabbit shot to death on other side of town, 1924), disease and pestilence (chicken pox and mumps, 1918), and education (6 years grammar school).

Sometime in the next four years he studied French and the French teacher at Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport. Thus fully prepared for life, he arrived at a factory that made ladies’ underwear around 1930 and got a job sweeping floors. Three weeks of this and he decided money did not count. He abandoned his lucrative position and took a job with a newspaper as a reporter.

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Pogo Possum Comic Books

For roughly seven years from 1942 to 1949, between leaving the employ of Walt Disney and the start of his work at the New York Star newspaper, Walt Kelly turned out over 2500 pages of comic book art for Western Printing and Lithographing Company and published by Dell Comics. Appearing in over a dozen titles with material ranging from high adventure to whimsical fantasy to slapstick farce, Kelly proved to be as versatile as anyone who has ever worked in comics.

By the time Pogo the Possum #1 hit the stands (the definitive article was dropped after the first issue), the cartoon marsupial had already been appearing in national newspaper syndication for nearly six months. Even though Kelly’s work stopped appearing in all other Dell Comics, during the four year run of Pogo Possum he was also doing illustrations for books such as The Glob, cartoons for magazines such as Life, and personal appearances to promote the strip. There was also friction developing between Kelly and Western over the book publishing rights to the strip. Consequently, the amount of time Kelly spent on each issue seemed to dwindle as the life of the book wore on.

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POGO Indexes

by Richard Davidson

(Miz Beaver note: Thanks to the generosity of Richard Davidson his years of research are provided here for all Pogo fans to use.)

This index is for those Pogo fans who sit around discussing their favorite episodes but just can’t seem to find them in the books. While there is no subject index, it is easier to glance through these lists of the major events than to pull down all of the volumes for hours of searching (though such activities have their own rewards). There are three main indexes for your research. Click on the heading to research either the Strips, Comic Books, or Books:

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Mud turkles = Mud turtles

Mud turtle is the common name given to two genera of aquatic turtles: «Kinosternon», mud turtles found in North and South America, and «Pelusios», mud turtles found in Africa. Some species are kept as pets.
Mud turtles are known for their dull shell colors and relation to the smelly musk turtles. African and American mud turtles are very different and are not closely related. Their only similarities are in their choice of habitat, both preferring shallow, slow moving bodies of water with muddy bottoms, and having a dome shaped carapace. They can grow up to about 5 inches. They live up to 50 years of age.

Теперь ясно, что за черепаха у нас Churchy LaFemme…Churchy_Howland_Detail

А вот статья об основном рационе жителей трясины — рыбке catfish. В русском сегменте Википедии ей соответствует статья сомообразные. Я так понимаю, catfish — это некий собирательный образ всех сомов (кому еще обитать в стоячих водах?), а с котами их роднят, без сомнения, усы.

В комиксе сомами питаются все, от мала до велика, периодически разбавляя свой рацион сэндвичами.