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JCC Local Author Day



I’m very excited to be part of the Cleveland Mandel JCC Jewish Book Festival’s “Local Author Day” on Sunday, November 16, 2:00 pm -3:30 pm. You can purchase tickets here. I’ll speak briefly about my two latest books, “The Pajama Diaries: Having It All” and “The Pajama Diaries: Bat-Zilla.” There will also be a book signing following the panel (psst, great gifts for the holidays!)

Hope you can make it!


Just returned from a five-day stint (including travel time) to the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning. It did not disappoint.

Rather than rehash the great things that have been posted, I’ll just provide some links, plus add some photos of my own.

Click for “Comic Strip of the Day” by Mike Peterson for all the day-by-day festival updates. By the way, Mike’s blog is a must-read for every type of comics fan.

Click for the podcast by Tom Racine of “Tall Tale Radio” from the festival gallery show. Tom’s podcasts are always top-notch and entertaining. My interview is the second one, and — I promise — it’s short.

And here are some miscellaneous photos for your viewing pleasure:


Sunrise view from our hotel. The one time a picture does it justice.


WGTD radio interview with many of the guest cartoonists.


At Andrea’s Cigars and Gift Shop, one of the festival’s sponsors.


At Bjorn’s Clothing Emporium, another fun, quirky sponsor store.


At a high school for a presentation and drawing session with a few hundred (very) enthusiastic students.


I had the privilege of drawing for this very sweet student a “Jill at a pajama party” pic.


Demonstrating my character drawing at a cartooning class for kids of all ages.


Signing away after many fine guest presentations.


Just a little something we signed to show our appreciation for a fine meal.


OK, this image I stole from Mike Peterson’s blog. It’s our last night, whilst relaxing. And yes, I smoked it. Am I proud? You betcha. (And I blame the guy sitting next to me who taught me — the wonderful Scott Stantis.)

A hearty thanks to Anne Hambrock for organizing this incredible event. For everyone who loves comics, I recommend that you make it to Kenosha next year!



Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

I’ll be presenting next Saturday, September 27, at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning. If you live near the area (yes, I’m also talking to you, Chicagoans), come join us! There’s an incredible lineup of speakers among other great events, like a live charity auction, comics exhibits, receptions, panel discussions, and kids’ cartooning classes. Best of all, the events are FREE. Check it out here.

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Benched, Part 2

It pains me — really pains me — that I can’t publish this rough strip. But I pretty much knew it as soon as I wrote it.


As my editor and I talked, he pointed out that the first two panels are fine. Same-sex parenting can (and should, in my opinion) be discussed. It’s the third panel that kind of reduces the whole thing. I get that.

But, dammit, it’s still funny. And that’s what pains me the most.

Thank goddness for the blog. At least I have a platform for this. I’m sure more benched ones will be coming. Maybe even enough to start a web comic.


A cupple of things…

Two exciting events to throw your way: The first is the upcoming Kenosha Festival of Cartooning, Sept 25-27, 2014. There will be a lineup of great speakers, including yours truly. There is also a wonderful gallery exhibit happening now (see below):

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In addition, I’m pleased to be part of the collective narrative, “Bullying Is No Laughing Matter,” which promotes an ever-important anti-bullying message. More than 30 comics artists are involved. Buy your copy today!



So not every strip I write makes it to print. Each month, I write for about a week straight, with the goal of accumulating 45-50 strips. I then edit carefully, narrowing them down to the 30 or so funniest or most pertinent ones. These get published for a particular month (for example, I just wrote my December comics).

Once in a while, I write one that I like, but it might cross the line. Don’t get me wrong — some cross the line and I still publish them. But others might be, well, too disgusting for someone’s morning coffee and comics ritual.

Here’s a rough cartoon from the December batch that I particularly like. Unfortunately, my editor and I decided it crossed the “gross-out” line. Fortunately, it’s not too gross to stick up on my much-less-censored blog. So enjoy!

Oh, and if you’re eating in front of the computer screen…sorry.


Summer, Summer, Summer!

PoolWork I don’t know about you, but my family has been “checked out” since Memorial Day. By checked out, I mean our brains basically shut down and went into summer hibernation (two weeks before school actually ended).

Like a cosmic joke, I don’t think we were ever so busy or overwhelmed as we were the last few weeks of school. And this includes planning last year’s Bat Mitzvah, the simultaneous launch of PD and moving to a new home, and rearing newborns. I may be exaggerating, but only slightly.

I knew I was in trouble when we started receiving emails about my older kid’s 8th grade graduation and younger kid’s 5th grade graduation (did we have such milestones back in the day? Not that I recall.). Anyway, it wasn’t just the prospect of trying to be in two places at the same time on the same day…but there were also weeks of activities leading up to the main events.

Meanwhile, we were dealing with all the other “ends of”: Soccer championship games, dance recitals, final tests, etc. And, of course, “beginnings of.” Beginning of sleepaway camp for the younger kid (lots of packing), high school band meetings, high school cheerleading meetings, student council election, etc. I also had a presentation the night before school let out. This is what my [old-school] agenda looked like last week:

agenda And, yes, I had to color code stuff.

You can already see the relative sparseness of June 13, the day after school ended and I got some semblance of my life back. Yep, Friday the 13th was one lucky day.

Why am I writing this in my comic blog? I guess I needed to vent. BUT this is also a celebration. A celebration of summer, that time of year when we can turn our brain cells off (ignore those TV commercials for Sylvan supplemental summer learning) and enjoy the simpler things in life: a warm day, a cool drink, and more leisure time to enjoy fitting comics like these:

SprayTan_c Camp_c Danny_squeal-c Enjoy your summer. And try not to use any brain cells until fall.

Body Image 101: an upcoming story line


My daughters are at the age where they are becoming more critical of their bodies. This hits close to home because I, like many other women, developed an eating disorder earlier in life. Mine was in college. I gained the Freshman 15 and decided to battle it in my sophomore year by subsiding on hot cereal, coffee, and frozen yogurt. My stomach hurt all the time. I was miserable. Luckily, by my junior year I discovered exercise and more balanced eating habits. It was a hard-won lesson.

I’m now something I never thought I’d become: an athlete. I love to run, kick-box, and hike. I’m also a health nut who eats quinoa and flax seed. But don’t get me wrong, I have an appetite like a teenage boy and I never deprive it (10 helpings of edamame chips, anyone?).

I won’t forget what I went through, how awful my sophomore year was, and how I’d like my own girls to ultimately live a healthy life without going through the damage I did. I try and model health-conscious habits and a positive outlook. My husband and I never criticize their figures and – just as importantly – I try not to criticize my own (not in front of them, anyway!). We also say it’s okay to indulge in treats sometimes and we constantly tell them that they are beautiful. Luckily, they still have pretty high self esteem, despite their emerging doubts.

A real problem is with the rest of society: peers, media, and the food and fashion industry (for a few good documentaries, see “Forks Over Knives,” “Food Inc,” and “Super Size Me” — the last one we watched as a family and — unless it’s Shamrock Shake season — my kids refuse to step into McDonald’s). Anyway, I find it the dichotomies incredibly confusing, so I can’t imagine what it feels like for young, vulnerable girls. In response, I created a short comic strip series (running late May) that focuses on these types of issues. I’m sure it won’t be the last I do.

As they say in the entertainment world, stay tuned. I’d love to hear your thoughts when the series is over.


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