The Glossary (Part Deux)

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:

Glos_Blackout_c Glos_SAD_c

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.


Need a speaker? Oh, and a nice review.


It’s a new year, and that often comes with new goals. One of mine is to extend my speaking opportunities. I’ve done many gigs over the years, and I’ve really come to enjoy them. I’ve spoken to general audiences about my card and comics career, and I’ve also spoken for Jewish organizations. I love doing both. Plus, I really need to get out of the house more.

If you’re part of an organization that’s in the market for an informative and entertaining speaker, check out my new profile at APB Speakers. They make me look almost professional! You can also contact me directly at

By the way, that’s me above presenting at the Reuben Awards in Pittsburgh, 2013. Why am I hiding behind the mic? Because I’ve just recited a raunchy card, and I’m appropriately abashed. Or could be a bad camera angle. Either or.

Just for fun, here’s another pic of me with a panel of lady cartoonist greats (Hilary Price, Jen Sorensen, Cathy Guisewite, and Lynn Johnston). I also play nicely with others.


And finally — on a completely different note — check out John Weber (the Comic Strip Critic) at The Punchline. He had nice things to say about the strip. Thanks, John!