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The November 12th and 13th Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter

IS THE NEW YORK TIMES RUNNING COMIC STRIPS?

No, but a Rhymes With Orange Strip was featured this past Monday Nov. 9.  Check out the whole article HERE. (Below is just a partial screen shot.)  The article is all about the special big cool newspaper insert coming this Sunday in your local paper to celebrate King Features’ 100th anniversary.

There’s also going to be a segment on CBS Sunday Morning, 9 am EST.

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OPEN STUDIO- YOU COMING?

THIS weekend (Nov 14 and 15) is my big Open Studio Event!  Come up the fourth floor and say hello!  My mother, Buzzy (a.k.a the friendliest person in the world), will be there as a special guest/unpaid laborer.

She won’t be in her PJs for the event, but this is the most recent photo I had:

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WHAT IF YOU CAN’T COME BUT WANT CATACOMICS?

If you can’t make it to Open Studios, I understand.  You can still  order this year’s “Open Studios Special” Catacomics comic book online right here.    It’s 8 bucks– the same price as a news stand New Yorker but with more comics and fewer articles. You can also order the previous years “Open Studios Special” Hanukkomics  here.

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HALLOWEEN!

What do you do with two beach balls, poster paint and an awesome new paper mache recipe?

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We were going to go as Peppermint Patty and Marcie, but Marcie’s beach ball deflated mid-mache, so we had to do some quick thinking for a Plan B.  Kristin fished out her prison costume and went as Orange Is The New Black character Stella Carlin, a.k.a Ruby Rose.

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The day after Halloween was hockey practice…

Photo Nov 01, 5 28 22 PMBTW, took myself to the new Peanuts movie and really enjoyed it.  They kept it true to the characters, and the animation had comic-strippy elements.


CARTOONS AND MUSIC

Through cartooning, I got to meet the London-based artist The Surreal McCoy.

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Her fingers not only know how to draw, but they also know how to play the keyboard and accordion so well that she tours with the band The Indigo Girls.

I am a long time fan, and this time we got to go early to hear the sound check.  They are so tiny in real life, but boy can they sing!

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Actually, what was so cool about the sound check was hearing them make mistakes.  I realized what makes them such pros is that they could tell when just one chord was wrong in the middle of a song with the whole band playing, and then stop everything and redo it so it was right.  Those are some good ears.


THE DUTCH MASTERS

The day after the concert we checked out the Dutch Masters exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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OPEN STUDIOS DETAILS

It’s all on the postcard.

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WHAT’S YOUR NEXT CAR?

This fall I went to The Big E, which is an all New England state fair.  I love the agricultural part, and go wild for the 4-H milkshakes.  But then I saw this beauty and realized my next set of wheels could be a goatmobile…

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Thanks for tuning in.  See you this weekend!

Hilary

The Charming-Yet-Infrequent-Newsletter, Fall 2015

Big things are happening November 14th and 15th:

It’s my annual Open Studio Event!  50 artists in my building open their doors and folks can see their studios and do some non-big-box shopping.  I’ll be there 10am-5pm, both days. This year’s Open Studio special is Catacomics–a collection of Rhymes With Orange cat cartoons in a fun comic book.Catacomicscover


 

ALSO on that Nov 15th Sunday, there’s a decent chance I’ll be on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with correspondent Rita Braver.  9 am EST.

See if you can spot the big pink bike helmet hickey I’m sporting on my forehead. (They did their best to cover it with powder.)

Why all the hubbub?  Because on that same Sunday, King Features Syndicate (my syndicate) is celebrating their 100th ANNIVERSARY and they’re doing a big extra Sunday Comics insert in newspapers.  Here’s a sneak peak:

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King also did this neat cake, which sort of reminds me of the movie Alien:

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That’s my toon in frosting.

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King also just put out a collection. ( I’ve got a few in there.)

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But King Features isn’t the only king of comics having a big celebration.  It’s also the 65th anniversary of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts.  And now out is the Peanuts Tribute Book.  Here’s the cover:

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And here’s my piece in it, about the time my ex and I met Charles “Sparky” Schulz.

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Btw, here’s what the real Paige Braddock looks like.  She’s drawing her Jane’s World character, like the one on Marcy’s shirt:

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Art-O-Rama

It’s been a fall full of cartoon art:

There was the Roz Chast exhibit at The Norman Rockwell Museum:

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And then there was the art at New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss’ house.  He’s great!  Here’s one of Harry’s toons:

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And here’s one he collected.  Dad, this reminds me of you.

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Just last week I went to the Edward Gorey House on Cape Cod:

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The museum had his characters made into rubber stamps, and encouraged patrons to play with them. What wholesome fun!

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Odds and Ends

Here’s the new greeting card from Recycled Paper Greetings:

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Here’s a fine endorsement for reading:

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And here’s my oh-so-handsome dog.

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Thanks for tuning in!  Hope to see you November 14th and 15th at my studio!

Hilary

 

 

 

What I Did On My Summer Vacation, In Pictures/The Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter

I hung out with my dog.

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I cooked.  (It was supposed to be roasted cauliflower.)

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I visited a farm, and was surprised to learn what farmers fear:

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I bought this at the farm gift shop.  If you are going to buy poo, insist on quality.

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I “enhanced” my friend’s phone.  I said, “What- this didn’t clearly look like a Basset Hound to you, even before I drew on it?”  She said, “No.”

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I saw an exhibit of Katsushika Hokusai at The Museum of Fine Art in Boston. He’s best known for The Great Wave.

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He depicted what I’ve always known to be true: Spirits will descend from heaven and lick your forehead.

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Plus, there’s this print of a wild boar. Who doesn’t love a wild boar?  (If you don’t like wild boars, I prefer not knowing that about you.)

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I went to San Diego Comic Con for the first time and had a blast. A lot of people wore costumes.Photo Jul 11, 5 40 38 PM

I did a talk about how I became a cartoonist.  To a pink bunny.

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I also received a cool award, hung out with friends and fellow cartoonist Paige Braddock, and felt very honored.

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It was neat to see the original Star Trek costumes, and realize how low tech they were.  (Fleece and gold ribbon from a fabric shop.)
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Low tech or not, it’s now some pretty pricey fleece.

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I saw some cool art, heard great talks by the likes of Scott McCloud and Chip Kidd and bought some graphic novels.

My one critique is that grew tired of seeing so many big-breasted, teeny-waisted female characters drawn by men. I went back to my hotel to rest my eyes, but guyness greeted me everywhere:

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Still, I’d go back to the San Diego Comic con in a heartbeat.


And here we are at the Tri-County Fair this Labor Day weekend.  It was a day of prize-winning pumpkins, baby farm animals, axe throwing competitions and the Demolition Derby.

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So that’s summer, in a nutshell.  Thanks for tuning in!


UPCOMING APPEARANCES THIS FALL:

NY COMIC CON, THURSDAY, OCT. 8

Speaking on a panel with Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Ray Billingsley (Curtis) and Brian Walker (Beetle Bailey) and Jeff Keane (Family Circle) in celebration of King Features’ 100th Anniversary.

THE MOTH, BURLINGTON VT., OCT 9

The theme of the night is “Fish Out Of Water,”  and I will be telling a 5 minute story along with other winners of Vermont regional Story Slams.  Check that you can buy tix at The Flynn Theater before making travel arrangements because so far it’s not listed on the calendar.

 

OPEN STUDIOS, FLORENCE, MA NOV. 14 & 15

It’s that time again for me to open up my studio and invite you all to poke around.  50 artists and artisans will be opening their doors as well, and there’s great holiday shopping for local art.

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