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New year, new tool

Ah, 2013. Two weeks in and already it’s been a year of major upgrades. One of my wedding ring prongs came loose and – uh oh – out came the diamond, never to be seen again. Thank heavens it was insured. Upgrade! Soon I’ll have a newer ring with industrial prongs and a new-ring sheen (I assume no new ring smell). Too bad I can’t super-size the new diamond.
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Get your shopping done here

Hey everyone,

As your holiday shopping list gets longer, and your time to complete it gets shorter, here are some great, easy suggestions for the comic fans in your life:

Comic Prints

Do you have a favorite Pajama Diaries strip? Maybe a “Glossary of Terms,” a song parody, or anything that just reminds you of someone? A gallery-quality framed print of a favorite strip makes a meaningful gift. Click the “buy a print” button under the comic of your choice to start the quick process of purchasing, or click here.
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Nice gets you nowhere…

I created this strip based on personal experience. That’s probably obvious. Occasionally, friends of friends will have a “great idea for a {children’s/business/niche market} book” and come calling. I’ve finally learned to say “no” (unless there’s true interest). But it’s been a long road.

Now, I have illustrated books in the past. But I was sought after professionally and paid for the work. This was also pre-syndication/pre-kids, when I had more time. You wouldn’t believe how often people still ask me to illustrate an unpublished book on the assumption that it’ll get picked up (“Then you can get paid in royalties!”). Well, I’m too old and jaded now. I’m also honest up front. I politely let people know that I simply have no time and that most manuscripts are submitted without illustrations, anyway.
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Making My Own Crystal Ball

I’ve mentioned before that I work about 4-5 months ahead of my deadline. If I wanted to, I could even push it further. That’s great — fantastic, actually — in my line of work.

On the flip side, if I’m trying to keep my characters’ happenings on par with my own family, it can be challenging to create scenarios if I haven’t actually experienced them yet.
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Erie Event

 

I’ll be speaking at Temple Anshe Hesed in Erie, PA on October 21 from 11 am-12 pm. The presentation will cover my artistic background, syndication, the Jewish aspect of the strip and its characters, and will offer up many samples for your viewing pleasure.

This event is free and open to the public. A “Pajama Diaries: Deja To-Do” book signing will follow the presentation. Hope you can make it!
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Welcome and c’mon in!

Those of you who have kept up with the PD site all these years know that I’m not the most fastidious blogger. That’s mainly because my comic strip is in fact one big, illustrated blog in and of itself. But I do occasionally like to provide a peek into the “behind the scenes” here at the Pajama factory. And that’s where this handy piece of real estate comes in. I post fun tidbits and factoids and sometimes just vent about stupid things. You know the deal.
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