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The Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter!


In this November issue:

  • What I was going to call the strip, but it was taken
  • How we can finally meet
  • What happened to my hair
  • Walking and chewing gum for pros
  • Finally, a decent store



Come to my studio this weekend and let’s cavort!  Every year, over 50 artists in my building open their doors to the public to meet, greet and sell their wares. There’s jewelry, textiles, paintings– more cool art than you can shake a stick at.

I love showing people my studio and will have prints, cards and pads for sale.  And, as is my custom, I will also ply you with teeny cups of wine.

Sat and Sun, 10-5.   221 Pine St. Florence, MA 01062.  4th floor.

Here’s a link to our official Open Studios Webpage.  There’s a lot happening in Florence, MA this weekend, and after you take in my studio building you should drive the half mile to my friends at Print Fair North.


I was out in San Francisco for a brief visit, which happened to fall during the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers.  My friend and her partner had chosen to become Giants fans for unusual reasons:  They had a 3 year-old son, and after putting him to bed at 7:30 each night they were stuck inside their tiny apartment until they went to sleep.  They figured the Giants play 162 games during the regular season, affording them almost half a year of something to do.

So, we were watching the World Series. And, since baseball isn’t the most action-packed sport to watch, we needed something  to do while we were having something to do. So while Pablo Sandoval hit home runs, we henna-ed our hair.  By the end of the game (Giants 8, Tigers 3), it was time to rinse.

My friend’s hair looked brilliant.  Mine looked brilliantly orange.

The next day we drove out over the Golden Gate Bridge to a pumpkin patch in Marin County. The hayride only ran on weekends and the petting zoo was closed, but we had fun stomping on the rotting pumpkins that were in the compost pile on the outer edge of the patch.   When we brought our good pumpkin up to the counter, the woman at the register stopped me, looked me in the eye and said,

“It is SO nice to see someone with seasonal hair.”

Want to see what “seasonal hair” looks like? Come visit this weekend.


I like to stay sharp by doing something totally asinine every week.  I was doing thirty on a main road before I realized what I had left on my windshield:


What if you live far away and can’t come to Open Studios?  The site got a face lift, and a non-confusing store is up and running! See the online store!

Well, friends, another Charming-Yet-Infrequent Newsletter comes to a close.  Hope to see you this weekend at Open Studios!!



Next Weekend– Come Visit Me At My Studio!

We’ve hit that time of year when I open the doors to my studio, spiff it up a little, and invite hundreds of friends to come over.  That’d be you!

Mark your calendars for Nov. 10 & 11th from 10-5.

I’ll have teeny cups of wine for you to swill and prints and books and greeting cards for sale.  (Spoiler alert– the holidays are coming.)


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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