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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

Have You Got The Face For Radio?

Before the internet, before I saw a picture of Terry Gross, I pictured her with frosted blond hair, a tan and red shellacked nails. She spent her nights taping Fresh Air sitting on a high stool in a dimly lit room with a microphone hanging in front of her and a sound board at her fingertips.

In my mind, she was a “Cougar” before the term “Cougar” existed.

Competence is attractive. Radio voices, like Terry Gross’, are a funny Rorschach test that tells us what our own brain thinks competence looks like. How did you envision Terry?

I was asked to do a special cartoon just for her when a comics website I was part of was launching and they were hunting for media attention. I remembered my early experience of her as some kind of ideal, and then thought about how she would fit into other people’s personal notions of what sexy/competent looks like.

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I haven’t looked up what Chana Joffe-Walt (from NPR’s Planet Money) looks like, because my brain is certain she’s the spitting image of Fiona Apple.

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