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

 

The Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter, Spring 2015

Hello Friends!

In this edition of the Charming-Yet-Infrequent newsletter, you will learn:

  • What I wear when I go miniature golfing.
  • The Library Of Congress talk in DC this Friday, which you are invited to…
  • What I’m wearing to the Big Reuben Awards Dinner.
  • An interview about the awards and the 20th anniversary of the strip
  • The San Diego Comic Con
  • Bonus-y extra things for reading this far down

By the way, I’ve moved the newsletter over to a program called mailchimp, so that’s why things look different.


 

New for summer 2015:  Argyle AND Plaid.

You saw it here first:

Photo May 16, 5 57 53 PM

And to thank you for looking at that, here’s a companion strip from 2007…

http://rhymeswithorange.com/comics/december-2-2007/


 

The Library Of Congress Talk

If you’re in the Washington, DC, area, I’ll be on a special panel in celebration of King Features’ 100th anniversary that is open to the public!

“Cartooning and Our Culture,” will take place Friday, May 22nd at 11A.M. in the Montpelier Room of the Library of Congress’s Madison Building.

Join us!!!


The Big Reuben Awards Dinner

Every spring, cartoonists across the land emerge from their hovels, shower, and come to the annual Reuben Awards weekend.

I’ve been nominated for two awards, so have been showering extra hard to look presentable.  It’s a fancy black tie event, so my fashion consultant Theodore, (who generally goes by Teddy), modeled the dress and earring options.

Photo May 19, 12 03 25 PM

I’m thinking the studs versus the dangly one.

What I’ll wear as a necklace is still in flux:

Photo May 19, 12 07 16 PM (1)

Pictures of the evening will be on Facebook this coming Sunday morning.


The Comics Kingdom Blog Interview:

King Features blogger Countess Tea interviews me about the Reuben awards and the 20th anniversary of the strip.

Tea: I’m so very pleased and excited for our own Hilary Price of Rhymes With Orange, who is up for not one but TWO awards at this year’s NCS Awards.  Hilary has been nominated for not just the best Newspaper Comic Panel award, but also the Reuben for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.  Hilary was kind enough to answer some questions about her year in cartooning.

—You’ve been creating Rhymes With Orange for nearly twenty years! How do you feel your work has evolved?

I’ve become a better artist. You know the phrase “If you practice something every day, you will get better at it”? I am living proof of that. I look back at the beginning of the strip and cringe, but like everyone, I had to start somewhere. There are no shortcuts.

—What were some of the comics you’ve drawn over the past year that you’re proudest of?

I like the term “pleased by,” better than the term “proud of,” because I’m proud of myself when I get the pickle jar open, and this doesn’t feel the same.

There’s a little back story to every cartoon I draw– whether I remember it coming easily or if I struggled, where I was, or who I was thinking about when I did the strip… the point is, I can’t see them objectively.

But here’s one that I was pleased by because a friend and I were talking about mindfulness, and how it’s so easy to go down the our own well-worn thought roads, even if the facts on the ground don’t warrant it.

So I try to remember to try to act like the mouse in this cartoon.

And here’s one I like because when I’m not being mindful, the idea of shooting figurines out of the sky seems like a good coping device.

But to contradict what I just said only 165 words ago, I’m actually proud of this strip, because it reflects a society that has changed its views on gay and lesbian relationships, and that’s cause for celebration.

—What’s your favorite thing about cartooning?

The little pleasure burst when the idea comes. It’s like Freshen Up gum when you first chew and the gel squirts out. But in your brain. And less minty.

—What’s one thing you’d like to share with aspiring cartoonists today?

That there are days when the ideas just don’t come, and you will feel great despair about it, and you will feel convinced that this is the end. When you feel that, go outside and walk a dog. You and the dog will both be better for it.

The ideas will come back. And so too will those terrible days. That’s part of the cycle.

How about one more strip to end on?
 

Let’s end with this one.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if they actually had these?

Thanks so much, Hilary! I will definitely be rooting for you this weekend!

 The San Diego Comic Con
I’ll be speaking at the comic con this July so please find me! Details to follow.

Bonus-y Thing

Photo May 19, 5 11 50 PM

There was a Dutch golden age of painting in the 17th century that brought us the likes of Vermeer (The Girl With The Pearl Earring painter.)  Present day Dutch photographer Marie Cecile Thijs plays on this tradition in an awesome tongue and cheek way.  This spring I saw her exhibit at the Museum Aan Het Vrijthof  in the city of Maastricht.

Now here’s a bonus cat from Marie Cecile Thijs. Check her out!

Thanks everyone for tuning in!King cat Marie Cecile Thijs