The Return of Maxine and Bonkers

February 17, 2013

choose your own adventure

Max, Bonkers the beagle, and Reginald the melodramatic ghost return!

Interpretation by artist Shelby Denham.  Thanks, Shelby!

Interpretation by artist Shelby Denham. Thanks, Shelby! (see her portfolio links below)

If the above declaration and artist’s rendering doesn’t stir anything in you, then you likely missed out on last summer’s Choose Your Own Adventure story.  Or you didn’t like it.  Then I don’t know what to tell you.  Why didn’t you like it?  I worked really hard on… you know what?  Never mind.

The point is, it’s time for another installment!  Yay!  The chapters will go up Monday, Wednesday, Friday, with the conclusion next Monday.  Here’s how it works:

Each new post will have a section of the story.  At the end, you’ll vote on two things:

  1. What you think Max should do next
  2. What statements, objects, etc. you’d most like me to incorporate in to the story.

If you haven’t read the previous story, or don’t remember it very well, it would be worth your while to read it because A) it’s funny B) it’ll be a good way to get acquainted with the characters and C) because the story turned out really cool, if I may say so.  And I may.

Find the first chapter here of Max & The Argentinian Death Penguin: Part 1 – The Past Comes Knocking

As for today, here’s what I need from you – in the comments below, leave things you’d like to see show up in the story.  Things people would say, locations, objects, etc.  I can’t promise to work in all of them, but I’ll look to thread as many as I can throughout.

Thanks!  See you tomorrow! And I hope you enjoy the story.


Shelby Denham – Portfolio; Tumblr

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19 Comments on “The Return of Maxine and Bonkers”

  1. WomanBitesDog Says:

    Interesting idea. Please work in London.


  2. Michael Says:

    Things people would say: “There’s a boot in my snake!”
    Location: Venus.
    Object: a spleen.


  3. Life With The Top Down Says:

    Location: Los Angeles
    Object: Oscar Mayer Wiener
    Things people would say: No, no there hasn’t been a mistake…Bonkers who are you wearing this evening?


  4. Go Jules Go Says:

    Shelby! ::clap clap clap:: I’m already like, “I know this artist! This is AWESOME.” Really, though. That picture totally started my morning off on the right foot.

    As for the rest of this, though. Shrug. Sigh. Whatevs.

    I think it’s imperative you work in more talking animals (might I suggest a koala bear), because obviously, and… Whole Foods. Because I don’t need a reason, god.


  5. Jackie Cangro Says:

    That drawing is great!

    Something ideas to work into the story:
    Gummy bears
    Russell Crowe (He’s on my mind because I seriously just saw him this morning filming a movie in my neighborhood.)
    Coney Island


  6. List of X Says:

    Phrase: “Wait a minute, I did not order any of that!”
    Location: Sock drawer


  7. mistyslaws Says:

    Jesus, man, it’s Sunday! Why are you trying to make me work on my day of rest?

    Sigh, ok fine. But, you asked for it . . .

    Location: Frontal cortex
    Object: A gigantic stuffed bear named, naturally, Barry.
    Things people say: It’s hard out here for a pimp, yo.

    Good luck!!


  8. Dale Long Says:

    Looking forward to more hyginks, jinkies!
    Hot dog to hotdog buns package ratio 12:8 what do you do with the remaining four hotdogs? Why, you unlock the fibonacci sequence, that’s what.


  9. Barbara Backer-Gray Says:

    “Cake-decorating is my passion!” and a Handel’s Mattheus Passion CD box with a Frank Zappa CD in it.


  10. tomwisk Says:

    Non gratuitous interaction with artichokes and small brightly colored lizards.


  11. Dale Long Says:

    Shelby, do Dragon next, please? Love the art!


  12. skippingstones Says:


    – a swamp
    – a bleeding heart flower
    – “I didn’t say ‘eat it’; I said ‘beat it’!”


  13. Renee Says:

    “Is that real or synthetic?”
    “Real. I’m trying to reduce my carbon pawprint.”


  14. Andrea Says:

    The name Aloysius.
    An anvil.
    Emmenthal cheese.
    A passive aggressive gay French concierge.
    Tina Turner.
    The theory of relativity.



  15. Sandy Sue Says:

    Say: “Stop your sniveling. It’s only a flesh wound.”
    Location: Middle Earth
    Object: Five pounds of hamburger


  16. Hippie Cahier Says:

    I’m behind in reading, but I just have to say that this is the most amazing comment thread . . .like. . .ever!


  17. pegoleg Says:

    Wow, Shelby – great rendering! Can’t wait to read the further adventures…


  18. Michelle Gillies Says:

    Location: Niagara Falls
    Object: skrunchie
    Say: “I need a wink of daughter to gill my fut”


  19. Angie Z. Says:

    Neato burrito — I missed this over the summer. I have to admit that Choose Your Own Adventure stories freak me out a bit. My own CYOA books growing up were about haunted mansions and the like. Please promise that you won’t create an old caretaker with a gravely voice and sharp teeth.


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