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The Glossary

One of my favorite formulas utilized in PD is “The Parents’ Glossary of Terms.”  These are fun and challenging to write.  Here’s one from July:

Glossary of Terms - Perfectioning

I usually throw in one “Glossary” strip per month for a couple of reasons:

  1. Typically a single panel format, it breaks up the 3 or 4-panel ones that are usually published during the week.
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Going Once…

My original art/color print from the “Team Cul de Sac” book is up for auction until Sunday, June 10. The money goes to the Michael J Fox Foundation. Since it’s hard to see the final image on the site, here it is.

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There are wonderful pieces by so many cartoonists up for auction. Bid on one or more. The book itself is gorgeous and a portion of the proceeds goes to the MJFF. (more…)

Reubens!

It’s been a couple of years since Mike and I ventured out to the Reuben Awards, and it was definitely due time. This year it took place in Vegas, which was both fun and decidedly tiring – more so for the time difference than anything else. Note to self: stay on your own coast unless you want to fall asleep in the NCS-sponsored buffet. (more…)

Bat-zilla…

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Lately, you may have noticed a certain theme cropping up in the strip. If you’re wondering whether I’m going through similar drama in my own household, the answer is a big fat SORTA.

I’ve been waiting literally years to write about the process of planning a Bat Mitzvah. It’s an obvious rite of passage for this Jewish cartoon family – not only for Amy, but for anal-retentive, neurotic Jill. Other train-wreck scenarios: monetary conflict for the parents, a learning struggle for Amy, and a left-out sibling, Jess. A wealth of material….and my family’s living it! (more…)

Funny but true…

People often ask whether Pajama Diaries is based on real life. It is in the most intrinsic sense. It was originally born from my own experiences. That said, now it kinda takes on a life of its own. Stories that stem from real life tend to deviate or become exaggerated for the sake of the punch line. The characters’ personalities, too, get stretched. And most of the strips I write, in fact, are equally inspired by other people’s experiences. I do a lot of research online, in books and magazines, and from listening to friends’ stories. The “Lice” series, for example: didn’t happen to me, but I heard enough horror stories to make it a relatable topic. (more…)

L-L-L…nope, can’t say it

Aside from, well, real emergencies, there’s probably nothing else that horrifies parents quite like the “L” word. No, no, not that “L” word. I’m talking about:
Lice
 
Fortunately, I’ve never had to deal with these ghastly creatures from hell (or from other kids’ hats and combs). But I’ve heard enough horror stories to know when I’ve got a relatable topic. For this series, I talked to several friends and consulted blogs and articles. I have only one word: YEEEECCCCHHHH.

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Hot Man of the Month

Forget “People,” “Redbook,” and “Cosmo.” Today I present you with MY Hot Husband of the Month. Consider this an early Valentine’s Day love letter to my guy. In the 15.5 years we’ve been married, he’s been my cohort, support system, inspiration, web developer, and– most recently – book manager. I don’t think I could’ve asked for a better partner in every sense of the word.

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My Favorite Things…

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This is that time of year we either stress out completely or find things to be grateful for…or both. I have enough things to stress about all year, so at the moment I will take a deep breath and think of positive things until I gag. As a not-so- subtle nod to the late Oprah show…here are a few of my favorite things about cartooning:

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Calling all future cartoonists…

It’s once again the annual Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship!

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.

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My Dirty Business…

It’s no secret that I’m a writer for American Greetings. I’ve been with the company for – eek – almost 19 years now. I was hired full-time to be an in-house humorous writer/illustrator. These days, I have a part-time contract, and I exclusively write (no illustrating, which only sucks for the sheer fact that I can’t enter the Reuben Award card division. Eh.).

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