I turned 45 this month. Coincidentally, so did my character, Jill. Weird, huh?
Until my 40’s, I hadn’t written too many age gags. Here and there, maybe. Now I feel like a good quarter of my cartoons are age-related. In fact, out of curiosity, I did the math on my May strips. Just as I suspected, an average of two per week are age-related. Oy. I sense an ongoing trend.
Woo-hoo! Check out the May/June issue of Your Teen Magazine (a.k.a. my bible). There’s a wonderful interview with yours truly, just in time for Mother’s Day. If you’re a parent of a tween or teenager and don’t have a subscription to this publication, you really should get one…like now. Invaluable.
Since the online version doesn’t contain the article yet, I posted it here (click to enlarge):
For all you folks up north, The Toronto Star is selling copies of my book “Having It All” along with books by my fabulous cohorts in cartooning, Sandra Bell-Lundy (“Between Friends“), Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott (“Baby Blues“), and Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman (“Zits“).
Check out the full ad (enlarged order form to print below):
Two weeks ago, a Sunday strip ran that readers seemed to like. Here it is:
I realized in hindsight I should have saved it for Mother’s Day. But that’s okay, I came up with another one I like (stay tuned).
Anyway, it was fun creating the scenarios in this strip. I just thought of little things I do that my husband definitely doesn’t. The original idea came from a moment of breathing in and sneezing out t.p. dust. Why no one else ever bothers to un-stick that first square is beyond me. Maybe because I’m the only one who changes the roll.
So, the Kaplan family is gearing up for a Bat Mitzvah this fall. Wait — didn’t they just do that? Why, yes they did. Well, Amy did. Now she gets to sit back and
gloat help while Jess embarks on her own religious milestone.
This time, there is a marked difference in Jill’s attitude as a Mitzvah Mom. She’s almost — could it be — laid-back? Well, perhaps 60% laid-back, 40% in denial. Either way, she is no longer a big old stress bucket.
Here’s a fun interview with Will Roberts, host of the Weekly Telegram Radio Show. You can hear me chime in and discuss my work at the 24:00 mark. Enjoy!
So this is an interesting experiment. Hands up â€“ how many people have tried to abstain from alcohol purely as examples to your kids?
Yep, Iâ€™ve been there. More than once. Itâ€™s what inspired this series, of course.
Each time Iâ€™ve tried, Iâ€™ve failed miserably.
Let me set the record straight. Iâ€™m no alcoholic. I have one small glass or bottle of something maybe every other night. And I mean one. Iâ€™m a total lightweight (or cheap date, as my husband calls me).
If you follow Pajama Diaries, you’ve probably noticed that once aÂ 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.
It’s a new year, andÂ that often comes with new goals.Â One of mine is to extend my speaking opportunities. I’veÂ doneÂ many gigs over the years, and I’ve really come to enjoy them. I’ve spoken to general audiencesÂ about my card and comics career, and I’ve also spoken forÂ Jewish organizations. I love doing both. Plus, I really need to get out of the house more.
From the Kaplan family to yours…Hope you enjoy aÂ wonderfulÂ holiday season! Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Don’t forget to check out the website store for some great holiday merchandise.