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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!
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Benched.

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).
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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.
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Body Image 101: an upcoming story line

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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.
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Sophie’s Saga

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“Grandma Sophie” is based on my late grandma-in-law. She was still alive when I came up with the character. She lived a full life and died well into her 90’s. Toward the end, she began to experience dementia.

I hadn’t really considered what direction to move Sophie in as an evolving character. I developed her to be a challenging/opposing figure to Jill. Over the years, she’s been that and then some. She has had moments of softening, too, but for the most part she has remained her traditional, feisty self.
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Book signing

Clevelanders! I’ll be selling and signing copies of my new book, “Pajama Diaries: Having It All…And No Time To Do It” on Saturday, April 19, 2 pm at Eton Barnes & Noble on Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere, OH.  Stop by and say hello!

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Lake Erie Ink: Kids’ Comic Con

I’m pleased to announce a wonderful upcoming local event: Lake Erie Ink’s second annual Kids’ Comic Con in Cleveland Heights on Saturday, March 8. I will be one of many speakers/workshop instructors participating (see flyer below). This is a great kids’ event (ages 8 -18) and I hope to see you and your families there!  P.S. I’ll also be selling copies of my books at the event.
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