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

 

My School Girl Crushes, Plus a Survey

Before we get to the crushes: Thanks for taking the survey!  The folks at King are all set and happy.

And now for the juicy stuff:

I moderated a Women and Cartooning Panel at the Pittsburgh Toonseum over Memorial Day weekend, and fell totally in love with my four panelists– Lynn Johnston, Cathy Guisewite, Terri Libenson and Jen Sorensen.

Here’s me, on a chair, proclaiming that publicly. They were very gracious, as they were probably used that kind of thing. (Note:  I lifted this photo off of Curls creator  Carolyn Belefski’s blog.)

 

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They drew while they spoke, and it was magic:

Here’s Lynn’s:

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Lynn told us that she has a house full of hot wheels cars and toy furniture to look at for reference to get the perspective right. (I can’t WAIT to go over to her house to play.)

Cathy’s funny, poignant story of how she became a cartoonist brought tears to my eyes.
Here is the quick drawing she did of Cathy:
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And here’s why she explained you never see Cathy in profile:
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This is Terri’s quick self portrait:

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And here is Pajama Diaries cartoon of hers I will never, ever forget:

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She broke the bedroom barrier on the comics page! As far as I know, she is the first. Here’s her blog post about it.

Btw, you can see more cool pics of the everyone drawing on Terri’s blog.

And speaking of sex, here is Jen’s drawing of her sometimes alter ego Drooly Julie:

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If you haven’t seen her editorial strip Slowpoke, you must!
Thanks for tuning in!