It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Anything interesting happen in the past month? Yeah, okay, I’ll just move right past that.
In case you’ve been more preoccupied with the news than with the funny pages (btw, I highly recommend the comics as an antidote), 2016 was a turbulent year in the PD characters’ lives. Certainly, they’ve managed to retain their sense of humor throughout all of it. For your entertainment pleasure, here’s a little recap.
It’s been 6 months since my last post about the ongoing “Ben” series. Thought I’d share a little update.
After waiting many months, Ben has finally had his autism evaluation, and Nanci and her husband are waiting for the results. One thing I’ve learned through research: it can take a painfully long time to get diagnosed, and the wait can be agony for the family.
This is a friendly reminder to order Pajama Diaries books and merchandise for you or your loved ones before the mad holiday rush.
And yes, I know I’m evil for mentioning the holidays not even a week after Halloween.
But in case you’re anal-retentive like me, click here for my store page, where you can buy books, t-shirts, mugs, etc., or find information about purchasing prints and originals.
Hey everyone, check out this exclusive sneak preview of my upcoming book, “Invisible Emmie,” from HarperCollins (for ages 8-12). It’s set to hit stores in May, 2017. The great comics website, The Mary Sue, debuted the cover today. Click here to check it out!
And don’t forget to pre-order the book here for the kids in your life!
Perimenopause isn’t funny.
Oh wait, actually it is.
As the saying goes, if you can’t cry, you laugh. That’s why I’ve been writing about autism, dementia, my #$@% blood disease, and now this. First of all, it’s cathartic. Secondly, it feels good to laugh about something that essentially sucks. Thirdly, it helps to connect with others that may be going through something similar. And since half the population is female, I’m guessing most of them would relate to this topic at some point.
In just a few weeks, I’ll be speaking at the Toonfest in Marceline, MO. This is the hometown of Walt Disney, and they have a big cartoon festival that takes place annually. This year, Toonfest will be Sept 17. It is family friendly and open to the public. Click here for the speaker lineup. Fittingly, there will be several Disney animators presenting. I’ll be in great company!
This has been a looong time coming. Almost a year and a half, to be exact. Bet you’re wondering what I’m talking about. Well, let me provide the back story…
Last October, my younger daughter celebrated a Bat Mitzvah. Part of reaching this milestone included performing a charitable service of her choice. She chose to gather a large group of friends and paint small canvases (with cheerful, “outdoorsy” themes) to give to patients at Cleveland’s renowned Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. In addition, each friend also contributed a new stuffed animal to accompany these paintings. The party was a big success.
Having a comic strip that’s semi-autobiographical often brings up questions from friends, family and readers. “Did that really happen?” “Don’t your husband and kids get mad/embarrassed/want to send you to Siberia?” “How do you put yourself out there all the time?”
Well, first of all, rarely do I write anything that is exactly true or verbatim. I take many artistic liberties. Yes, I often use real life as a starting point, like my kids’ Bat Mitzvahs, driver’s ed, and situations like attempting to scale back work hours. But most of the time, these stories veer off course and take on new paths of their own. That’s a beautiful aspect of writing: continually surprising yourself.
If you’re a frequent Pajama Diaries reader, you’ve noticed an ongoing storyline about Nanci’s young son, Ben. Ben has been displaying some troubling signs, and Nanci and her husband David are trying to find out whether or not Ben has autism. Stay tuned.
Obviously, I’ve been doing a fair amount of research on the topic. While I don’t know firsthand what it’s like having a child with special needs, I know a bit from having friends with autistic kids or friends and relatives who help these kids (including many occupational and speech therapists). I’ve wanted to introduce this topic in the strip from the parents’ perspective.
Well, some things are hard to top. This just may tie with my wedding and the birth of my children (but don’t tell that to my family).
It all started this past Memorial Day weekend at the National Cartoonists Society’s 70th annual Reuben Awards Ceremony, held this year in Memphis, TN. Originally, I was going to skip this year’s event and catch up on napping and Netflix, but I got “the call.” I was nominated for an NCS Reuben Award for Newspaper Comic Strip.