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.

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

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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?




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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!

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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!

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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,







The Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter, Spring 2015

Hello Friends!

In this edition of the Charming-Yet-Infrequent newsletter, you will learn:

  • What I wear when I go miniature golfing.
  • The Library Of Congress talk in DC this Friday, which you are invited to…
  • What I’m wearing to the Big Reuben Awards Dinner.
  • An interview about the awards and the 20th anniversary of the strip
  • The San Diego Comic Con
  • Bonus-y extra things for reading this far down

By the way, I’ve moved the newsletter over to a program called mailchimp, so that’s why things look different.


New for summer 2015:  Argyle AND Plaid.

You saw it here first:

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And to thank you for looking at that, here’s a companion strip from 2007…



The Library Of Congress Talk

If you’re in the Washington, DC, area, I’ll be on a special panel in celebration of King Features’ 100th anniversary that is open to the public!

“Cartooning and Our Culture,” will take place Friday, May 22nd at 11A.M. in the Montpelier Room of the Library of Congress’s Madison Building.

Join us!!!

The Big Reuben Awards Dinner

Every spring, cartoonists across the land emerge from their hovels, shower, and come to the annual Reuben Awards weekend.

I’ve been nominated for two awards, so have been showering extra hard to look presentable.  It’s a fancy black tie event, so my fashion consultant Theodore, (who generally goes by Teddy), modeled the dress and earring options.

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I’m thinking the studs versus the dangly one.

What I’ll wear as a necklace is still in flux:

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Pictures of the evening will be on Facebook this coming Sunday morning.

The Comics Kingdom Blog Interview:

King Features blogger Countess Tea interviews me about the Reuben awards and the 20th anniversary of the strip.

Tea: I’m so very pleased and excited for our own Hilary Price of Rhymes With Orange, who is up for not one but TWO awards at this year’s NCS Awards.  Hilary has been nominated for not just the best Newspaper Comic Panel award, but also the Reuben for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.  Hilary was kind enough to answer some questions about her year in cartooning.

—You’ve been creating Rhymes With Orange for nearly twenty years! How do you feel your work has evolved?

I’ve become a better artist. You know the phrase “If you practice something every day, you will get better at it”? I am living proof of that. I look back at the beginning of the strip and cringe, but like everyone, I had to start somewhere. There are no shortcuts.

—What were some of the comics you’ve drawn over the past year that you’re proudest of?

I like the term “pleased by,” better than the term “proud of,” because I’m proud of myself when I get the pickle jar open, and this doesn’t feel the same.

There’s a little back story to every cartoon I draw– whether I remember it coming easily or if I struggled, where I was, or who I was thinking about when I did the strip… the point is, I can’t see them objectively.

But here’s one that I was pleased by because a friend and I were talking about mindfulness, and how it’s so easy to go down the our own well-worn thought roads, even if the facts on the ground don’t warrant it.

So I try to remember to try to act like the mouse in this cartoon.

And here’s one I like because when I’m not being mindful, the idea of shooting figurines out of the sky seems like a good coping device.

But to contradict what I just said only 165 words ago, I’m actually proud of this strip, because it reflects a society that has changed its views on gay and lesbian relationships, and that’s cause for celebration.

—What’s your favorite thing about cartooning?

The little pleasure burst when the idea comes. It’s like Freshen Up gum when you first chew and the gel squirts out. But in your brain. And less minty.

—What’s one thing you’d like to share with aspiring cartoonists today?

That there are days when the ideas just don’t come, and you will feel great despair about it, and you will feel convinced that this is the end. When you feel that, go outside and walk a dog. You and the dog will both be better for it.

The ideas will come back. And so too will those terrible days. That’s part of the cycle.

How about one more strip to end on?

Let’s end with this one.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if they actually had these?

Thanks so much, Hilary! I will definitely be rooting for you this weekend!

 The San Diego Comic Con
I’ll be speaking at the comic con this July so please find me! Details to follow.

Bonus-y Thing

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There was a Dutch golden age of painting in the 17th century that brought us the likes of Vermeer (The Girl With The Pearl Earring painter.)  Present day Dutch photographer Marie Cecile Thijs plays on this tradition in an awesome tongue and cheek way.  This spring I saw her exhibit at the Museum Aan Het Vrijthof  in the city of Maastricht.

Now here’s a bonus cat from Marie Cecile Thijs. Check her out!

Thanks everyone for tuning in!King cat Marie Cecile Thijs

Today’s Strip About Trains

It is a cartoonist’s worst fear that a strip he or she drew and passed in five weeks ago will no longer be funny in light of a terrible event.  That was my experience today.  I was so saddened to learn about the recent fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, and got a pit in my stomach when I opened today’s paper to find my strip about trains on the comics page.

My sincerest apologies.