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Autumn Edition: The Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter!

Howdy Friends!

In this issue:

  • -Three Fun Projects I Already Did
  • -Two Events Coming Up
  • -Two Cool Things From Readers
  • -Discount for the March online Cartooning Class- Register by Oct. 1st!

Fun Project #1:


Collaborated with The Wine Coach, Laurie Forster, for her article, “7 People You Don’t Want to Be at a Wine Festival.”  

Fun Project #2

Going to my 25th college reunion this October.  For this year’s class reunion book, I told the story of what happened when I went to the 20th reunion.stanford-25th-reunion-page_hilaryprice_classof1991Fun Project #3That was interviewing Mo Willems at The Ohio State University, and checking out original artwork by Bill Watterson and B. Kliban.  Here we are with Jenny Robb, head honcho at the Billy Ireland Museum of Cartoon Art.


These two Calvin and Hobbes strips were part of the submission packet Bill Watterson sent in to try and get syndicated.  You can’t see Calvin’s eyes because he covers them in bangs.  On his editor’s advice, this gets changed by the time the strip is launched in papers.  And doesn’t Calvin’s silhouette look a lot like Charlie Brown?img_4686

I remember being a little kid at the town pool and seeing a towel with this cat on it, and loving it.  Shows how licensing isn’t all evil– it introduced me to B. Kliban’s work, and I’ve been a fan ever since.    img_4693img_4698-1

Bonus Art! This is the first transgender character to appear in comics, in Milton Caniff’s Terry and The Pirates.  She’s a woman who dresses like a man, speaks in a French accent, and, surprise… is evil.  (How far we’ve come since these stereotypes!  Oh wait– never mind.) Here she is in 1929 trying to abduct a small innocent girl.



Put these two local events on your calendar.  I’ll be participating in both:

I’m trying to choose my outfit for these.  What do you think?


I’m going to get some special cream so the lady growing out of my shoulder is gone by the time I see you at these events.

Two Cool Emails From Readers:

A fan took one of my strips and turned it into crop art for the Minnesota State Fair!  Thanks Robin Davis!  Love it!


Email #2screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-5-50-11-pmJack D. wrote: “So these are concrete poems, a style of poetry that emerged from what was called pattern poetry. This two poems remind me of your Nope cartoon. Concrete poetry was a world-wide phenomenon, but mostly in Europe, South America, and Canada/US. These two poems are from An Anthology of Concrete Poetry, edited by Emmett Williams, which came out in the late ’60s. There are still some practitioners.”



Early Registration Discount for my Online Cartooning Class March 6-10


Here’s the class description.

Here’s the discount link if you register by Oct 1st!

It’s about drawing and writing single panel cartoons.  Prepare to get fire-hosed with tips and tricks and get personal feedback from me.

Thanks for tuning in!  See you in November!


Today’s Hot Air Balloon Strip

Dear Rhymes With Orange Readers,
Yesterday afternoon I heard on the news about the tragic hot air balloon accident in Texas. I was saddened by the deaths of the people, and also alarmed that five weeks ago I had sent in a hot air balloon strip that was slated run today. I contacted my editors the second I heard the news to alert them. By that time, however, the newspaper comics section was already printed– there was no way to replace the strip. Also, the posting on the website is automated, so on a Saturday evening I couldn’t pull that either.
I am deeply sorry for the families of the those who lost loved ones, and also apologize to anyone who was upset by the timing of the strip.
Hilary Price
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