The Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter: Big Happenings!

Hi Friends!

In this Newsletter:

  • The Quick Draw this Friday in Brattleboro, VT
  • Teaching a class in June at The Center For Cartoon Studies
  • RWO turns 22
  • Guest Cartoonist Rina Piccolo
  • The Reuben Award Nomination
  • Visiting Ed Emberley


May 12, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Watch three speedy cartoonists go Sharpie-to-Sharpie to outdraw their opponents as they answer zany challenges by Quick Draw Quizmaster host Hilary Price (That’s me). See hilarious cartoon art cooked up right before your very eyes!

Modeled on the famous crowd-pleaser at San Diego Comic-Con, this event showcases the talents of Mike Lynch (Reader’s Digest, The Wall Street Journal), Maria Scrivan (MAD, National Lampoon), and a VERY special award-winning Mystery Guest!

Cash bar provided by Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.

ADMISSION: $10. Space is limited. Call 802-257-0124 x101 or reserve tickets at


June 5-8, Center For Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, VT

This 4-day intensive workshop which examines the essentials for producing your own single panel comics – characters, environment, plot and the gag. A combination of lectures and studio time provides an in depth look into the form and an opportunity to leave with completed works. Writing and Drawing Single Panel Comics is for both beginner and advanced adult and college students.

Questions? Call (802) 295-3319 or


As this past year was year 21 for Rhymes With Orange, much of my time was spent wandering Vegas with a yard-long plastic margarita glass hanging from my neck.  It’ll be good to finally get back home and put my feet up.  My cat suggests an extravaganja, but I’m more inclined to a cupcake. (That’s just catnip, I swear.)


Once again, welcome back the amazing and talented Rina Piccolo!  While I was in SF cavorting at the Queers and Comics conference last month, Rina took the helm.  So you’ll be seeing her work all this week.

Rina is a avid sketchbooker.  Here’s a piece from her blog post “Musings On Keeping A Sketchbook Journal.”


I am honored this year to be nominated for the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award.  The big party is over Memorial Day, this time in Portland OR, and there’s some stiff competition for the big prize.  Check out the other nominees:

Ann Telnaes:

Lynda Barry

Mark Tatulli

Stephan Pastis


I just need to find a turtleneck to match.


A couple months ago, a bunch of New England cartoonists went to Worcester, MA to see a retrospective by the Ed Emberley, who wrote THE most influential drawing book I’ve ever had. AND here are the original pages of that book!  AND Ed himself was there.  AND he signed my book.  Mind blown.

So that’s the wrap up.  Thanks for tuning in!


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:
The gang 1

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.

College Cartooning Scholarship Deadline Dec. 15th

Do you cartoon? You could win a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Las

Vegas to meet the top names in cartooning. Don’t delay – the deadline

is December 15.

Applicants must be students at a 4-year college in the United States,

Canada or Mexico who will be a Junior or Senior during the 2012-2013

academic year. Applicants do not have to be art majors to be eligible

for this scholarship.

For more information and an application, please visit:

The annual Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, in memory of the late

King Features editor, was funded by an initial $100,000 grant from the

Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous

donations from Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman, Patrick McDonnell and many

other prominent cartoonists. Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of

top cartoonists and an award is given to the best college cartoonist.

The recipient is feted at the annual NCS Reuben Awards Convention

attended by many of the world’s leading cartoonists.