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New Books!

I am pleased to announce the arrival of two new Pajama Diaries book collections: a compilation of all-time favorite 2011-12 comic strips and a book of Jewish-themed strips. They are available for pre-order now and will be available for regular orders November 1. You can purchase them on my store page or on Amazon. Get them in time for the holidays!

Third Child Syndrome

So, the husband and I have totally succumbed to second child syndrome. Basically, it’s when you put so much energy and effort into the first kid (a.k.a. “the experiment”), that you’re too exhausted to repeat it with the next one. Talk to the local family therapist for further explanation.

This week, I thought it would be fun to take this syndrome a step further (and thereby follow the comedic “rules of three”) with “third child syndrome.” It’s basically the other malady kicked up a notch. Reason I know about it is because I lived it.

Chicago Tribune poll

Hi everyone. Pajama Diaries is testing in The Chicago Tribune until Sept. 30. If you could help me out, I’d really appreciate it. Go to this link and vote as many times as you’d like until the 30th. You can vote daily. It’s quick and easy. Thanks for your help!

My critical eye, take two…

Okay, this is probably a clearer example. The image on the left is a snippet from Nov, ’13 that I did on the Cintiq. The one on the right was also done on the Cintiq for December, ’13 — it’s akin to the thinner-lined drawing style that I used when I hand-drew my strips. Drive-Thru_c

My critical eye…

So I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. I apologize. No excuses, just being a lazy lady.

Anyway, this particular post is about a recent artistic insight. If you read this blog, you probably know I work 4-5 months ahead. I also work in monthly batches. I tend to put these batches aside until right before they get published. That way, if there are any changes to be made, I can look at the strips more objectively after not seeing them for a few months.

Coming of Age

I’m finally coming up for air. The last few months have been a whirlwind of events. Taking a cue from summer, I’m slowing down a little and enjoying the lazy days.

I’m also looking around and wondering, where are the kids? Oh yeah, one’s at sleepaway camp for a month, the other is on an overnight trip with her teen camp. Now I know why my summer’s lazy…I’m taking mini-breaks from parenting.

Maltz Museum talk

For local families in Cleveland, I’ll be speaking at the Maltz Museum this Sunday, June 23 at 11:30 am. Here is the info (note: although it’s advertised as a comic making workshop, I’m actually giving a short kids’ presentation about my comic strip with Q & A afterward):

Join the fun as we celebrate Superman’s 75th birthday! The morning brings a kid’s comic making workshop with cartoonist Terri Libenson, author of The Pajama Diaries. Stay for a screening of Superman-themed film at 1:00 pm or head out on Lolly the Trolley for a history of Superman in Cleveland tour. Also at the Museum will be a Gift of Life bone marrow registry drive. Maybe you can be a “super” hero!

Reuben Awards Weekend, 2013

Well, it wasn’t pretty, but many cartoonists descended on Pittsburgh this Memorial Day weekend for the National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben Awards weekend. That town didn’t know what hit it. Throngs of us flooded the streets during Sunday’s Comic Arts Festival (sponsored by the Toonseum). You couldn’t toss a stick without hitting a cartoonist. By the way, thank you, Pittsburgh, for not tossing sticks at me.

May Announcements

So this is pretty exciting news. Aside from the incredible honor of speaking at the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Awards this Memorial Day in Pittsburgh (sorry, folks, closed to the public), you CAN come see me at the Bricolage Theater on Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 pm. I’ll be part of a panel of 4 women cartoonists, which include little-known names like Cathy Guisewite, Lynn Johnston, and Hilary Price. It’s all part of the first annual Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival. Sort of a hard one to pass up, eh?

Shameless Plug for Mother’s Day

So I try not to focus all my energy into promoting merchandise, but if there ever was a holiday that screams “Pajama Diaries,” it’s Mother’s Day. And man, do I have the goods.

I have Pajama Diaries Mother’s Day greeting cards, t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, totes, mouse pads, yes — pajamas, and so much more.

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