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When fan art and awesome collide

Last week a reader named Julie Watson sent over this illustration of Chuck and Coco and mentioned that while she thought Chuck was suited to be dressed as a Chinese zen master, she was unable to resist adorning him with a monocle. I think she hit it right on the money, if you ask me:

Chuck and Coco by Julie Watson

Jon saw this and couldn’t breathe for two days straight. I’m thinking these would make great halloween costumes, although now that I think about it, what costumes would you suggest for the dogs this year? Sky’s the limit!


Julie Watson said: Well I don’t really have a website or anything but you guys can feel free to email me at if you’d like something similar.

  • You’ve gotta go either Dharma & Greg, or hmm…for some strange reason I’m thinking Matthew McConaughey and Kelsey Grammer.

    Or how about Chance the Gardner from “Being There” and Lucille Ball as “Auntie Mame”?

    I better stop I could go on all day. And get fired.

  • Debbie

    I think it would make a great t-shirt people would love to buy!

  • Beth W

    Katy Perry (Chuck the Wonder Dog) and Russell Brand (Kooky cracked-out Coco).

  • Kermit (Chuck) and Animal (Coco) from The Muppets!

  • She’s channeled Sayers’ Lord peter Whimsey for Chuck – perfect!

  • Or Coco could be Amy Winehouse

  • Pimp and hooker?
    Obe-wan and Luke Skywalker?
    Leta and Marlo?
    Yin and yang?

    The possibilities with these two are endless.

  • My twins want to be a worm and a centipede. how about that??? Have no idea how to make these costumes, let me know if you figure it out!

  • That illustration is BRILLIANT. I keep tabbing over to it to cheer up my day when I run into stupidity elsewhere on the internet. It just cracks me up.

    So now I’m seeing Chuck and Coco as Victorians for Halloween. (Probably because I just re-read The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson.) Partly because the tophat and monocle are SO brilliant, and because the thought of Coco wearing some kind of feathery hat with a veil cracks me up. And she’d LOVE the part where she rips it apart and shreds it into a million pieces. I can’t imagine that getting her into a costume is easy.

  • Coco should DEFINITELY be the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. Now Chuck, I am not sure, let me think on it. Maybe the father lion from a Lion King. Sometinhg regal and proud.

  • Oops.

  • Melissa

    Well, to borrow from #46 – Chuck could be a sheep and then dress CoCo and Little Bo Peep (on crack of course!)

  • George and Gracie Burns

  • Adorable characterizations of those two!

  • For whatever reason, my brain originally processed the title as “When fart and awesome collide…”.

  • Sue

    Jazz Paws for Coco for sure.

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

  • Haley

    I will happily pay Julie Watson to make one of these with my dogs on it. Please let us know if she takes orders!

  • jessica’s mom

    Why are Coco’s pupils so dilated?

  • Dharma

    My vote – Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, you figure out who is who 😉

  • Tiffany

    My dog, Ruby, is a red 5 year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She barks like an old smoker lady, so I’m dressing her up like one. Now all she needs is a license to buy her Camels, long legs to drive a Cadillac and thumbs to use to put on Tammy Fay makeup. ::HACK HACK::

  • mouse

    art work all four of my kids(ages 16,12,9 and6)like..that alone is the art is great

  • LaVikinga

    How about Chuck as an Egyptian mummy and Coco as an English archeologist, with requisite mustache, of course, who discovers him? And you can teach Leta how to “walk like a coniption.” (My sister hated it when I changed the lyrics to Bangles songs.)

  • That Is Adorable!

    Does she work for Disney? I could totally see those two as starring in some Disney cartoon.

    And man, did she nail them, or what? =-o

  • I dunno.. that drawing is so awesome you just have to dress them like that!

  • Jessica

    This is fucking amazing. Seriously made my day.

  • SassyBritches

    Jaime and Adam from Mythbusters! Chuck could totally rock a walrus mustache and Coco has the Adam-spaze down pat.

  • Jovigirlem

    You are on Dr Phil today. I appreciate your viewpoint, and especially like how you don’t cast judgement. I am currently unemployed, therefore a SAHM. I think it is best for my kidlets, but it works for our family, other moms are working people- I am not like that. Glad that there are all kinds in this crazy world.

    PS- you looked really good, too! 🙂

  • April

    I think it would be funny to have Coco dressed up as little bo peep. As for chuck I think 007.

    Can’t wait to see pictures!

  • Anonymous

    I recommend the following:
    -Sonny and Cher
    -Captain and Tenille
    -Starsky and Hutch

  • Yolanda

    Heather –

    Good afternoon. I have no idea what to dress the dogs up at halloween I just think that the illustration is hilarious.

  • Obvs., “When Fart and Awesome Collide” should be in the running for a future masthead.

  • Shari

    Abbott and Costello… totally.

  • Katherine Sweet

    Something Stars Wars themed?

  • Heather W

    Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise from “Rainman.”

  • I second #79’s suggestion; I think Henry Higgins and Eliza would be perfect for those two.

    I was going to suggest Ricky Ricardo & Lucy, but I like Henry & Eliza even better.

    And I, too, would love to know if Julie has a web site to take orders. I’d love one of my Westie. I googled her name, but nothing popped up, other than your post today :o), that looked like it matched Julie Watson, artist.

  • I absolutely love this, that’s fantastic.

    What an amazing artist <3

  • Kris

    At quick glance I thought the title read, “When Fart and Awesome Collide” and I didn’t even flinch because…well, it’s your site. And I assume “Fart and Awesome” often collide at the Armstrong house.

    I’m just sayin.

  • Anonymous

    I think Chuck should wear an emo wig and some red and black striped leggings since you always talk about him writing sad poetry in the basement wearing eyeliner.

    As for Coco, I think she should just wear a helmet like Mike Myers when he was the hyper hypo character from SNL.

  • ScottsdaleGirl

    AUUUUUUUUUGH – best rendering EVAR.

    Love it with all my heartguts. Coco could totally ROCK her some groovy purple shades.

  • Erica

    What if they dressed up as eachother this year?

  • Absolutely LOOOOOve these! Well done.


  • Very artistic- love that there is still “love” between them 🙂

  • That is seriously awesome 🙂 I love her style! She should open an etsy shop or something 🙂

    ALSO, I just saw an ad for Dr. Phil today and it’s the one you’re on!!! How exciting, I thought I had already missed it 🙂

  • DOOCE! I’m watching you on Dr Phil RIGHT NOW!! Can I just say I love you? I also just finished your book It Sucked and Then I Cried a few days ago and all I can say is THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU…


    (I’m your biggest fan)


  • I am always amazed by people who have natural talent like that…..and jealous and bitter. LOL

  • wilberfan

    A Maytag washer & dryer…

  • steph

    You are such a rock star.

  • Erin

    Marlo & Leta for sure… catnapper and princess…

  • Anonymous

    They look like a reverse Lady and the Tramp.

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