20th Anniversary of Rhymes With Orange: Special Edition Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter


In this newsletter:

  • Reflections on 20 years
  • Recap of the Reuben Awards
  • 4 Cartoonists Pals, 4 New Books
  • San Diego Comic Con


-June 19, 2005: Twenty years ago today my old housemates woke me ridiculously early in the morning to show me the June 19, 1995 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.  There’s a picture somewhere (from an actual film camera!) of me bleary-eyed and bed-headed looking at the paper.

Here is that first strip:


To commemorate that officious moment, I have woken up bleary-eyed and bed-headed ever since.

Note the quaint AOL address!   (Now, sadly, long gone.) Remember when AOL CDs used to rain from the sky, like propaganda leaflets in far away countries?  *Sigh*…Now it’s Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons.


Fast forward to June 19, 2015:  I woke up today with a call from my editor asking if he should commemorate the 20th anniversary with a blog post, or just skip it until the 25th.

Me: “Skip it?  Are you kidding?  I want fireworks!”

Him: “I don’t think we can arrange it in time.”

Me: “How about a bottle rocket out your window?”

Him: “The windows don’t open. We’re locked in for our own protection.”

So, in order to celebrate in style, I was left to my own devices.  Luckily, I had scheduled this at the vet’s.

Photo Jun 19, 12 18 42 PM

And, since we are dangerously low on cat food, there will be a trip to the kibble emporium.

Photo Jun 19, 12 36 50 PM

Beyond that, who knows what the day will bring!

Here are the highlights, lowlights and changes of the last two decades:


-Traveling to Cuba with a group of American cartoonists to meet Cuban cartoonists.

-Getting e-mails from people that say this certain strip made a difference to me, or we now joke about this in our house, or this one is on our fridge.  It makes my heart sing!

-Becoming friends with cartoonists whose work I grew up admiring.

-Being a question on Jeopardy this last Xmas.


-Getting cancelled from papers.  I remember early on getting dropped from the LA times and wanting to lie in bed for three days.

-Drawing the strip while getting divorced.  Doing the strip through that time was both a blessing and a curse.  A curse because it’s hard to be funny when you aren’t feeling funny; a blessing because it is the one constant thing during an extremely disorienting time.  (Good news: we are now on swimmingly good terms and share our dog.)


-This last year I moved from pencil, ink and paper to drawing on an electronic tablet.  I have no regrets about it, and if you want to buy an original, I have plenty to sell from 2014 and back.  (If you want a hand-drawn original of a strip in 2015, I can make one of those too!)


The Reuben Awards weekend in DC this May:

Rhymes With Orange won best newspaper panel and we all got gussied up for the black-tie event:


On Sunday night, there was a haunted party, with Spanish Moss as table decorations…  Who knew the difference between Zach Galafianakas and Allen Ginsburg was just a matter of eyeglasses?




Photo May 24, 8 36 07 PM



I got to hang out with my friend/artist/former intern Juana Medina.  Here’s a sample of her brilliance:


Juana also rocks a great Fidel Castro:



Matt Diffee’s just come out with this one.  A great Father’s Day gift!

Photo May 19, 5 22 52 PM


Photo May 19, 5 22 25 PM

Juana’s kid’s book Smick, written by Doreen Cronin, is both adorable and available:


Sandra Bell Lundy’s “Between Friends” collection is now hot off the shelf, and you can get it directly from her!Death-Cover-300dpi

And finally, Jane’s World cartoonist Paige Braddock, writing under the pen name Missouri Vaun, has a steamy sci-fi novel out!

Photo Jun 01, 6 46 47 PM


I don’t know which days yet, but I do know I’ll be part of three events:

One is a solo speaking gig:
“Spotlight on Hilary Price:  Harnessing Anxiety for Fun and Profit– My Career in the Comics.  Hilary Price (creator of the syndicated newspaper comic strip Rhymes With Orange) talks about the ins and outs of drawing a daily strip, using stories, comics and live drawing in this visual presentation.”

The other is a panel with cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, moderated by editorial cartoonist Jen Sorensen, about the modern comic strip.

And then there will be a Queers and Comics Panel by a group called Prizm.



(I’m sure I forgot some things, but that’s what happens…)

With love,








18 thoughts on “20th Anniversary of Rhymes With Orange: Special Edition Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter

    • That was a tough one to lose too!! You can always email them– they’ve been through so many editors since then.

  1. So happy you are still doing this after 20 years, I’ve enjoyed them all. I cannot figure out how you can be so funny every day! Keep it up. My favorite are the fiber and gingerbread houses.

  2. I love your sense of humor and how you’ve always been accessible, even inviting people to open houses etc.. It’s been twenty fun years and I hope there is at least twenty more if you are willing and able. Thanks for all you’ve done and the smiles you’ve given and shared. Mark

  3. What I love about your strip is that there is no story line, no set of characters, no cluster of recurrent situations and/or tag lines (e.g. “I hate Mondays!”). Each strip is new minted within its own unique context. And they usually ring so true. “Rhymes With Orange” indeed! I look forward to it every day.

  4. Laughing out loud this morning at your blog! One of my highlights was meeting you in DC. Congratulations on the award, well deserved.

  5. Hi Hilary Price!

    I love Rhymes and read it faithfully everyday in the Hamp Gazette. Comedy is such a strange talent and seemingly with as many variations as, say, music. Yours is unique, and the delight is in the unveiling of the wacky that was hidden right there all along in common events. Gawd, thanks so much for bringing laughter to these dismal times. Here’s to another 20 years, or however many your bought sails.

  6. Congratulations on your anniversary! You have a wonderfully slanted view of the world, and “Rhymes With Orange” has been my favorite strip for several years now.

  7. Your comic strip makes me happy. I spend part the day hunting it down in my home.
    It is featured on the same page as the cross word puzzle. So when my husband gets to it first, he sets the paper somewhere & the hunt is on. I especially enjoy your insight into the mind of a cat. Yes, oh yes, my little tuxedo wearing friend is just that
    Thank you Hillary !!!!!

  8. Wife and I are a long-time fans of your strip, although I don’t know if we’ve read all 20 years (when did the Washington Post pick it up?). Congrats on the anniversary, and an anticipatory toast for at least 20 more years of fun and clever insights.

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