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My Dog, My Bling

Heady times this spring, bling-wise, for my cartooning and burgeoning ice hockey career.

Over Memorial Day, I went to the National Cartoonists Society annual Reuben awards weekend. Mostly, we sit at the bar and use up more than our fair share of cocktail napkins– either by doodling on them or by wiping up the things we’ve spilled on shirts. (As a group, we don’t get out much.)

There is a fancy black tie dinner on Saturday night and Rhymes With Orange took home the award for Best Cartoon Panel of 2012. (It’s not for one single cartoon, but the body of work over the year.)

Here is my dog Rocky modeling the award:

It is a heavy honking plaque, weighing in at over 2 pounds:

As you can see, beautiful women flock to me when I win awards:

As do very handsome men:
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Lightning Strikes Twice

The Reuben award was the second big prize, as earlier in the spring my women’s recreational ice hockey team, The Pioneer Valley Vipers, took home the trophy in its D division tournament. (D is a hair up from the recreational division.)

To show you how awesome it is, we went over to my pal Mo Willems‘ house to compare it to his trophies. See how it towers over Mo’s Emmy awards for his work on Sesame Street.
(Not shown: Mo’s other two Emmys.)

All in all, two mammoth events. And to think you hadn’t heard of them until now.

Pics and Picks!

First off, a big fat thank you to everyone who hauled themselves up  the four  flights of stairs to come to my Open Studio event.  It is a rare treat for me to see people respond to my cartoons in real time.  My head swelled to epic proportions but is slowly making it’s way back to normal size.  Hats no longer hurt.

Yesterday’s head:

I had a huge whiteboard outside of the studio for people to draw on, and draw they did!

Children’s book supersonic superstar Mo Willems stopped by and drew “The Pidgeon,” which inspired many…

A few others gems:

This year’s signature item was the Luke Dogwalker Baseball Tee. Our lovely model today is former women’s pro basketball star Christy Hedgpeth.   If you want one for yourself (the T-shirt, not the basketball star) you can order them in my website store.

I also made up a fun magnet. If people are interested I will make those available.  Just e-mail me.

$4 plus shipping.

I’ve got four non-Rhymes With Orange holiday gift picks– all cartoon-related.

Good Eggs, by Phoebe Potts.  It is a very funny and honest graphic novel about her and her husband’s exhaustive quest to have a baby.  If you know anyone who has struggled with fertility, get them this.  (Disclaimer– I wrote a blurb for the back of her book since I liked it.)

Sandra Boynton’s Amazing Cows.  Boynton goes crazy for cows with a bunch of stories, jokes, poems and drawings.  She’ll be doing a big signing, with a mini-stage show, on Dec. 4th in NYC.  There’s also original art to look at in a gallery.   I am a huge huge fan of Sandra’s work and of the woman herself.

The Looney Tunes Treasury, by Andrew Farago.  Andrew is the curator of the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum and an all around great guy.  This books has secret pockets, pencil sketches, fold outs– there’s so much to do while you are learning about Bugs, Porky and Friends!

The Funny Times.   A funny, leftward- leaning assembly of single-panel and editorial cartoons, delivered monthly.  Though it is definitely liberal, even my Wall Street Journal toting conservative dad likes The Funny Times, because there are plenty of non-political humor cartoons.

Like I said, thanks for coming to the Open Studio event!  I’ll be posting a few of the prints I did for the event in a few days.

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