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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:


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


That’s my toon in frosting.


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


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:


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:



It’s been a fall full of cartoon art:

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



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


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


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





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


Odds and Ends

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


Here’s a fine endorsement for reading:



And here’s my oh-so-handsome dog.


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





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.


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!



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 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.



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.

20th Anniversary of Rhymes With Orange: Special Edition Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter

In this newsletter:

  • Reflections on 20 years
  • Recap of the Reuben Awards
  • 4 Cartoonists Pals, 4 New Books
  • San Diego Comic Con


-June 19, 2005: Twenty years ago today my old housemates woke me ridiculously early in the morning to show me the June 19, 1995 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.  There’s a picture somewhere (from an actual film camera!) of me bleary-eyed and bed-headed looking at the paper.

Here is that first strip:


To commemorate that officious moment, I have woken up bleary-eyed and bed-headed ever since.

Note the quaint AOL address!   (Now, sadly, long gone.) Remember when AOL CDs used to rain from the sky, like propaganda leaflets in far away countries?  *Sigh*…Now it’s Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons.


Fast forward to June 19, 2015:  I woke up today with a call from my editor asking if he should commemorate the 20th anniversary with a blog post, or just skip it until the 25th.

Me: “Skip it?  Are you kidding?  I want fireworks!”

Him: “I don’t think we can arrange it in time.”

Me: “How about a bottle rocket out your window?”

Him: “The windows don’t open. We’re locked in for our own protection.”

So, in order to celebrate in style, I was left to my own devices.  Luckily, I had scheduled this at the vet’s.

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And, since we are dangerously low on cat food, there will be a trip to the kibble emporium.

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Beyond that, who knows what the day will bring!

Here are the highlights, lowlights and changes of the last two decades:


-Traveling to Cuba with a group of American cartoonists to meet Cuban cartoonists.

-Getting e-mails from people that say this certain strip made a difference to me, or we now joke about this in our house, or this one is on our fridge.  It makes my heart sing!

-Becoming friends with cartoonists whose work I grew up admiring.

-Being a question on Jeopardy this last Xmas.


-Getting cancelled from papers.  I remember early on getting dropped from the LA times and wanting to lie in bed for three days.

-Drawing the strip while getting divorced.  Doing the strip through that time was both a blessing and a curse.  A curse because it’s hard to be funny when you aren’t feeling funny; a blessing because it is the one constant thing during an extremely disorienting time.  (Good news: we are now on swimmingly good terms and share our dog.)


-This last year I moved from pencil, ink and paper to drawing on an electronic tablet.  I have no regrets about it, and if you want to buy an original, I have plenty to sell from 2014 and back.  (If you want a hand-drawn original of a strip in 2015, I can make one of those too!)


The Reuben Awards weekend in DC this May:

Rhymes With Orange won best newspaper panel and we all got gussied up for the black-tie event:


On Sunday night, there was a haunted party, with Spanish Moss as table decorations…  Who knew the difference between Zach Galafianakas and Allen Ginsburg was just a matter of eyeglasses?




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I got to hang out with my friend/artist/former intern Juana Medina.  Here’s a sample of her brilliance:


Juana also rocks a great Fidel Castro:



Matt Diffee’s just come out with this one.  A great Father’s Day gift!

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Juana’s kid’s book Smick, written by Doreen Cronin, is both adorable and available:

Sandra Bell Lundy’s “Between Friends” collection is now hot off the shelf, and you can get it directly from her!Death-Cover-300dpi

And finally, Jane’s World cartoonist Paige Braddock, writing under the pen name Missouri Vaun, has a steamy sci-fi novel out!

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I don’t know which days yet, but I do know I’ll be part of three events:

One is a solo speaking gig:
“Spotlight on Hilary Price:  Harnessing Anxiety for Fun and Profit– My Career in the Comics.  Hilary Price (creator of the syndicated newspaper comic strip Rhymes With Orange) talks about the ins and outs of drawing a daily strip, using stories, comics and live drawing in this visual presentation.”

The other is a panel with cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, moderated by editorial cartoonist Jen Sorensen, about the modern comic strip.

And then there will be a Queers and Comics Panel by a group called Prizm.



(I’m sure I forgot some things, but that’s what happens…)

With love,







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