The Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter: Big Happenings!

Hi Friends!

In this Newsletter:

  • The Quick Draw this Friday in Brattleboro, VT
  • Teaching a class in June at The Center For Cartoon Studies
  • RWO turns 22
  • Guest Cartoonist Rina Piccolo
  • The Reuben Award Nomination
  • Visiting Ed Emberley


May 12, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Watch three speedy cartoonists go Sharpie-to-Sharpie to outdraw their opponents as they answer zany challenges by Quick Draw Quizmaster host Hilary Price (That’s me). See hilarious cartoon art cooked up right before your very eyes!

Modeled on the famous crowd-pleaser at San Diego Comic-Con, this event showcases the talents of Mike Lynch (Reader’s Digest, The Wall Street Journal), Maria Scrivan (MAD, National Lampoon), and a VERY special award-winning Mystery Guest!

Cash bar provided by Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.

ADMISSION: $10. Space is limited. Call 802-257-0124 x101 or reserve tickets at


June 5-8, Center For Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, VT

This 4-day intensive workshop which examines the essentials for producing your own single panel comics – characters, environment, plot and the gag. A combination of lectures and studio time provides an in depth look into the form and an opportunity to leave with completed works. Writing and Drawing Single Panel Comics is for both beginner and advanced adult and college students.

Questions? Call (802) 295-3319 or


As this past year was year 21 for Rhymes With Orange, much of my time was spent wandering Vegas with a yard-long plastic margarita glass hanging from my neck.  It’ll be good to finally get back home and put my feet up.  My cat suggests an extravaganja, but I’m more inclined to a cupcake. (That’s just catnip, I swear.)


Once again, welcome back the amazing and talented Rina Piccolo!  While I was in SF cavorting at the Queers and Comics conference last month, Rina took the helm.  So you’ll be seeing her work all this week.

Rina is a avid sketchbooker.  Here’s a piece from her blog post “Musings On Keeping A Sketchbook Journal.”


I am honored this year to be nominated for the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award.  The big party is over Memorial Day, this time in Portland OR, and there’s some stiff competition for the big prize.  Check out the other nominees:

Ann Telnaes:

Lynda Barry

Mark Tatulli

Stephan Pastis


I just need to find a turtleneck to match.


A couple months ago, a bunch of New England cartoonists went to Worcester, MA to see a retrospective by the Ed Emberley, who wrote THE most influential drawing book I’ve ever had. AND here are the original pages of that book!  AND Ed himself was there.  AND he signed my book.  Mind blown.

So that’s the wrap up.  Thanks for tuning in!


The Winter Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter

Hi Folks!
I’ve taken a break from the care and feeding of my driveway to send out a newsletter on the latest happenings.  If the plow goes by again, and with it a foot high of icy crud, I will be back in a minute.  Actually, thirty minutes, which will be sweaty and laden with swear words.

Today’s highlights:

  • Visiting Cartoonist Elwood Smith
  • Going To The Movies
  • The Online Cartooning Class in March 6-10
  • The In-Person Cartooning Class June 5-8
  • My New Fashion Accessory
  • Some International Editorial Cartoons About Freedom of Speech
  • The Iranian Cartoonist Eaten Fish
  • Dogs Who Steal Stuff And Then Totally Deny It
  • Our own Gong Show in Northampton Feb 28th

The Great Elwood Smith

I’ve known Elwood Smith’s work from Parade Magazine and Reader’s Digest since I was a kid.  Turns out, he lives an hour west of me.  A field trip was obviously in order.   It’s always great when you meet an artist and you like their personality just as much as their work– Elwood is awesome!

When he’s not illustrating the science section of The New York Times, Elwood’s been focusing on personal drawings under the theme Death At The Circus.

Here’s Elwood Smith and Mo Willems and Elwood’s drawing assistant, Pickles The Cat.

Some sketches:


Going To The Movies

When my movie pal had to cancel our date to see La La Land a couple Tuesdays ago, I decided to go solo.  I had no idea idea how solo.  That’s my jacket.

I decided NOT to turn my phone off, even though the previews warned me again and again.  Since this evening was turning into a “me” date, I followed it up with some glamorous shopping:

The Online Cartooning Class, March 6-10

If you ever wanted to try your hand at drawing a single panel cartoon, I will personally teach you.  The class is online, but you don’t have to be present for a lecture.  Read today’s lesson on your own schedule and then get your homework in to me that night.  We go over how to come up with ideas and how to craft a cartoon. I will be clear, yet firm…


The In-Person Cartooning Class June 5-8

Instead of your living room, this will be at The Center For Cartoon Studies in White River Junction.  Check it out!

My New Fashion Accessory

I now draw my strips on a Cintiq Companion, and just got this nifty drawing glove so the fleshy part of my palm doesn’t bother the touch screen. I feel like one part Michael Jackson, one part Phantom of The Opera.  Here- I’ve dressed it for you.

International Editorial Cartoonists And Free Speech

One of the reasons I like international editorial cartoonist is that they are really good at using no words, so the message can cut across different languages.  Here are a few I saw at the Society of Illustrators exhibit in New York around the holidays.

Iranian Cartoonist Eaten Fish

Speaking of international cartoonists, there is currently an effort by cartoonists the world over to aid Iranian refugee cartoonist Eaten Fish, who is being held in a detention center in Papua New Guinea on the orders of the Australian government.  He is hoping to resettle in Australia.  Look for drawings of fish on Twitter with the hashtag #EatenFish

Here’s an example. 

Dogs Who Lie And Deny

Say you were cooling a loaf of banana bread on the stove and there were two dogs in the house.  And say you walked out of the kitchen for a minute or so.  When you return to the kitchen and half the loaf is gone, who claims responsibility?  No one.  Even when you put your nose really close to their snouts and try to smell banana on them. No one says a word.


Local Event This Feb 28th- The Really Big Show

I’m going to be one of three Gong Show judges for the second half of of Northampton’s  giant talent show, aptly called The Really Big Show.  It’s a great event!


If you want more frequent updates from me, you can follow me on these platforms.  I post the latest strip daily at the Facebook site, sometimes on the Twitter site, and just take goofy pictures on the Instagram site.

  • Instagram account: price.hilary
  • Facebook Page:
  • Twitter Handle: Hilary_Price

Thanks for tuning in!!


Stuff that Stocking with A Cartooning Class

Hi All!

This is the stocking my mom sewed and I decorated around forty years ago.  As you can see, my artistic prowess shines through.  So it shouldn’t surprise you that I’ll be teaching TWO art classes in 2017, both one week workshops on single panel cartooning.  The March one is online, the June one is in person in Vermont.

Register for the online class by January 3, 2017 and get 15% off tuition.  The class is March 6-10.  There isn’t a set time to be “at class,” just new assignments and lessons and feedback posted every day.

The in-person class is at The Center For Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT from June 5-8. 


Need Hanukkah cards? You can order them online, with free shipping, even for a single card!

Mr. Potatohead with The Noble Works Card Company:

And also this Menorah one from Noble Works:


There’s also my mini-collection of Jewish-themed strips, Hanukkomics:

And for Non-Denominational Cat Lovers, Catacomics


Finally, if you have a fave strip, you can always get a nice framed print of it!

So that’s what I got.  More than anything, I hope your holidays are filled with kindness and laughter.