If you follow Pajama Diaries, you’ve probably noticed that once a month I like to throw in a “Parents’ Glossary of Terms.” What started as a little novelty strip idea 9 years ago is now a regular feature. I’ve even added a whole section of Glossary strips at the end of my book collections.
These are some of my favorite strips to write simply because I get to play with words. I won’t lie, they’re also great to illustrate because they’re single panels and I can get ‘em done faster.
I’ve posted a blog about these before, but I thought it would be fun to revisit them. Even more fun: I’ll post some early ones along with more recent samples. They are telling indicators of how much my style has changed through the years.
This is one of my earliest samples from 2006.
Oh my God, the art. The extraneous words. Jess’s hair tuft. Jill’s armpit. I remember when I drew armpits. And look at those teeny tots.
Here are some from a few years later (2010 and 2011).
They’re still wordy, but at least I got rid of half the title and the descriptor (“adj.”). What can I say — self-editing is process.
By the way, notice my love affair with parentheses? That hasn’t changed.
Here are a few recent ones:
Man, these are fun to write. I can’t say it enough. And I stockpile so many that occasionally I publish a whole week at once. In fact, I should do that soon.
Hope you get as much of a kick out of reading these as I do writing them…’cause they’re gonna keep on coming.