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Purim Some Wine: A Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter

Greetings From My-Knee-Is-In-A-Stupid-Brace-Land,

In this newsletter:

  • A Purim Tell All
  • Speaking Gig in SF March 14
  • My Dashed Olympic Skiing Career
  • Toronto Comics Arts Fest
  • Two Spring Cartooning Classes
  • The DL On The LOC

PURIM SOME WINE

A few days ago was Purim, the Jewish holiday where you dress up in your favorite king/queen/bad guy outfit to celebrate a story that reads like a Shakespeare play.  My summary below:

A queen is killed, a new queen found, the King’s right hand man wants the King to kill all the Jews because he hates this one guy.  But the new queen is secretly Jewish, and the hated guy is actually her uncle, and she tells the King, who concurrently finds out the hated guy saved the king from a murder plot,  and on the day the hated-but-good guy is supposed to be hanged, the right hand man gets hanged instead.

My three favorite things about this holiday:

1.The Fanfare:  I love kids in costumes.  When I was a kid, you came as one of the characters.  It’s since expanded.  Meet my friend Ari, as The Purimium Falcon…

2.  The food:  DELICIOUS triangle-shaped cookies called Hamantaschen that my mom (aka The Notorious B.U.Z.) just sent in the mail.  The right hand man’s name was Haman, and the word “taschen” means either ears or pockets, depending on who you ask.

3. The Drink:  Purim is a drinking holiday.  While the story’s read aloud, you swill wine and boo when the bad guy Haman’s name comes up, and cheer when the good guy’s name (Mordecai) comes up.  The point is to get so drunk you can’t tell one from the other.  Actually, that’s not the point– the point is to know what it feels like to have such impaired judgement that you can’t distinguish good leaders from bad.

WAIT A SECOND…was our last election some big terrible Purim party?!

Speaking of Purim, I’ll be talking about cartooning and being Jewish at my…

TALK AT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY IN SF WED MARCH 14

Please come, and Invite your friends with this Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1383934638401264/?active_tab=about

MY DASHED OLYMPIC DEBUT IN FREESTYLE SKIING

Sadly, I didn’t actually partake in a Purim party.  I was at the sports medicine doctor.

Rewind to February school break: Kristin and I went to visit crackerjack political cartoonist Jen Sorensen and her spouse in the Rockies.

We worked, skied, ate and watched the Olympics.

The Parkland School shooting had happened.  Here’s Jen’s cartoon for that week. (Used with her permission.)  She was also a guest RWO cartoonist back in 2011.

To deal with our sorrow and get some fresh mountain air, I decided to literally go for air while downhill skiing.  Then I landed wrong. And my Pyeongchang Olympic freestyle competition fantasy dreams also landed wrong.  So the knee is in a brace.

Fast forward to a few days ago:   I went in for an MRI, except that’s not what I said to the receptionist.  Instead I said: “I’m here to get an IUD for my knee.”

If you haven’t gotten an MRI, the machine looks like a giant toilet paper roll, and you’re the toilet paper rod inserted into the center of it. You’re supposed to lie very still while the machine takes pictures while making loud clanging noises, like radiator pipes.    They give you headphones to wear and a choice of music.  That turned out to be the most painful part, because I chose classical, and it was wretched.  Oh, and I did bleed a little…from my face.  Because my cheek started to itch while I lay motionless, and then when I could finally move, well, there went the scab.

Hopefully knee and face will mend quickly.

INVADING CANADA

That’s my plan for May 12-13 as a guest at the Toronto Festival of Comic Arts!

I’ll be sharing the stage with my awesome collaborator Rina Piccolo as we discuss our first year together. Fittingly, the paper anniversary! Details to come.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR-UPCOMING CARTOONING CLASSES

Saturday April 14: One day workshop in Burlington VT at Fleming Museum

Monday-Thursday June 11-14: Four day Workshop in White River Junction VT at The Center For Cartoon Studies

THE DL ON THE LOC

I went to the Library of Congress in DC to see a RWO strip in the current exhibit on Women in Illustration. That was neat.  What was also neat was the nearby exhibition of courtroom artists.

 

Get this– Kristin’s brother and his pals all pitched in and got their other buddy a courtroom sketch artist for his wedding!

So that wraps it up–thanks for tuning in to the Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter!

Hilary

March 2018

 

Cartoon Art Auction For Hurricane Relief Is On!

ORIGINAL ART AUCTION

Want to help hurricane victims AND get original art?

It’s a holiday gift you can’t get from a big box store, and there are going to be some SERIOUS BARGAINS.   Start browsing here.

My cartoon, pictured below, is here.  There’s going to be a live auction on Nov 30th.

ALL PROCEEDS go to hurricane victims via the charity Direct Relief.

Here’s the press release:

In the wake of the deadly disasters that have recently devastated communities in the Gulf states of Texas and Florida, Mexico, and especially Puerto Rico, the cartooning community has come together to use their unique gifts and talents to raise money to help the victims.

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, The National Cartoonists Society Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Cartoonists Society, in conjunction with King Features Syndicate, Andrews McMeel, Creators Syndicate, and the Washington Post, is staging “Thanks + Giving,” a unique auction of original artwork, with all proceeds going to help the victims of these overwhelming disasters.

More than 125 internationally-renowned creators have donated original artwork, including Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), Al Jaffee (MAD Magazine), Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman (Zits), Rick Kirkman (Baby Blues), and many other well-known creators.

Vintage comic strips and comic art will also be available to bid on, including work by Dan DeCarlo ((Archie), Mell Lazarus (Momma and Miss Peach), Morrie Turner (Wee Pals), Brad Anderson (Marmaduke), Brant Parker (The Wizard of Id), Chester Gould (Dick Tracy), and more.

Many of the strips will appear in papers across the country on Thanksgiving Day with a message directing readers to the auction website where they can bid on the original art for that strip, along with the other unique pieces in the auction.

The NCS has enlisted the help of Heritage Auctions, the industry leader in the field of comic and cartoon art, to conduct the auction. The address for the auction is www.HA.com/NCS, and the auction will go live on Thursday, November 23rd and will close the following Thursday the 30th. Lots may be previewed immediately at www.HA.com/NCS,

All proceeds from the auction will be sent to Direct Relief, a highly-rated charity that specializes in providing humanitarian aid to victims of natural disasters.

This is a rare chance for fans of comics and collectors of comic art to obtain a unique piece of memorabilia, and at the same time give aid and comfort to those who still desperately need help.

 

PHOTO FUN

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!  My cousin’s girlfriend’s friend cooked up this little number:

 

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS EXHIBIT OPEN!

“Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists”

Tours of highlights beginning the first week of December— other programming will follow! A second rotation of artworks will be installed in May and the exhibit will run until October 20, 2018.

The “Drawn to Purpose” exhibition opens in the Graphic Arts Gallery, November 17, 2017. Photo by Shawn Miller.

THE PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER OR HANUKKAH GIFT

Here they are: again: Hanukkomics, Catacomics and Caninecomics! 

Take care!
Hilary

 

FUNNY NOVEMBER TIDBITS

OPEN STUDIOS THIS WEEKEND!

Stop my my studio this weekend! I would love to see you!

OPEN STUDIOS info: NOV. 11 & 12, 10am-5pm.  221 Pine St. Florence, MA 01062

I had all sorts of fun with my new rubber stamp!

Speaking of rubber stamps,  here’s a strip from all the way back in 1998.

If you live far away but still want to order the special Open Studios CanineComics collection, you can do it here.

MY MOST RECENT TREASURE

One of my favorite things about yard sale board games are the score sheets.  This was a total find.

HALLOWEEN IS A FAVORITE HOLIDAY

I went as a Moscow Mule.  My partner went at a Dark and Stormy.   That cup wasn’t always empty.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS SHOW IN DC

The link for the Women Illustrators and Cartoonists is now live.  I’ll have few pieces in it.

Hope to see everyone this weekend!!

Hilary

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