Darth Vader looks like a Pekingese

This fact, along with a myriad of others, was discussed in an hour-plus chat I had with the fun, goofy hosts of the podcast Comics Coast to Coast. Each week they interview a different cartoonist from all points of the cartooning galaxy– web, print, animation– they’re not fussy. I am proud to call myself Episode 92.

They are all cartoonists in their own right– Brian Dunaway draws Mission Deep, Justin Thompson draws

MythTickle and John Sanford draws Chippy & Loopus.

As part of their site, they also a Webcomic Pick of the Week, which is perfect for me as I learn more about the vast Webcomic universe!

Momma Bear and Baby Cub pics

Last Friday, a momma bear and her baby cub lollygagged in my neighbor’s back yard for a good part of the afternoon. They hung out in the branches, they snacked on the bird feeder, they scratched their backs against the tree trunk, then they climbed over the fence and ambled away. Bears are a frequent springtime visitors here and often have a monitoring collar. While this all looks very serene, add to your vision a chorus of dogs losing their respective minds from inside their respective houses.

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bear front view

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This time I didn’t set off the fire alarm

You guessed it, it’s time for… The Spring installment of the Charming-Yet-Infrequent-Rhymes-With-Orange-Newsletter!

Today’s topics:

— I went back to high school.

— I spoke to a man named Mr. Media and have the recorded interview on the blog.

— I got nominated for an award but am up against two very witty cartoonists.

— I want you to vote in a comics survey, but only if you are from Seattle and only if you do it by the end of today.

— I want to tell you I’ll be in Cambridge, MA at the end of April to talk on a panel.

— I am giving you permission to poke around my studio any time of the day or night .

— I will show you a picture of my cat.

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I WENT BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL

Last week I gave an assembly at Concord Academy, where I went to high school. I feel lucky to have gone there– it’s a creative, nurturing place… SO nurturing that on my very first day of school back in 1983, when I slipped down a wall and tripped the fire alarm and the entire school had to evacuate, they didn’t decide to make it my last day. It felt great to go back and cause less of a disturbance.

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I SPOKE TO MR. MEDIA

Mr. Media interviews all types in the entertainment world, and we had a good time chatting. Since I am feeling technologically fancy-pantsed, I am going to post the link right here on this very blog.

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I GOT NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD

Every Memorial Day, a swarm of cartoonists congregate for The National Cartoonist’s Society’s Reuben Awards weekend, where we laugh and catch up and spoil perfectly good cocktail napkins with our scribbles. In addition to the big award for Cartoonist of the Year, there are division awards for the various different cartooning disciplines– greeting cards, comic books, illustration, etc. So I am one of three nominees, along with the talented creators of F-Minus and Loose Parts, for the Best Newspaper Comic Panel award. Exciting!!

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DO THIS TODAY, (BUT ONLY IF YOU LIVE IN SEATTLE)

You have to take the survey by April 5th, and you have to live in the Seattle area. You can rate the comics they presently carry as well as suggest additions. I’m not in the Seattle Times, so if you want to suggest Rhymes With Orange I won’t stop you.

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THE PANEL IN CAMBRIDGE, WEDNESDAY APRIL 21st

The Cambridge Forum is a free public lecture series in Harvard Square. I’ll be sitting on a panel with fellow cartoonist Sage Stossel and we’ll be talking about cartooning, deadlines and creativity.

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YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION TO PROWL MY STUDIO

Remember how I go on and on about my former intern Juana Medina? We finally put up the 360 degree studio tour project she did for the website. First check out the little animation, then take a gander at the tour. Neat, huh?

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SELTZER, SEUSSIFIED

My cat’s lackadaisical grooming habits came back to haunt him. When he went to the vet for his annual check up, his annual mat-clipping session turned into a full body shave. The Lorax has started sending him love notes.

Seltzer, Seussified.

Seltzer, Seussified.

So, that’s today’s newsletter! Thanks for reading!