Ten years?!?


DadTen years ago today, I lost my hero.

My father had been suffering a series of strokes throughout 2004, and finally succumbed on December 16. He was buried at Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens that Saturday. Only now did I look at a 2004 calendar and realize it was only 48 hours from his passing to the funeral… no wonder it’s all a blur.

I said my father was my hero, and that’s not an exaggeration. He was my inspiration. Having been discharged from the Air Force with a disability, he went on to build a family with my mother, a career in data processing and raised my sister and I to be upstanding members of the community.

Well, he tried in my case… I’ll give him points for that.

My father could read me like a book. He knew me better than I knew myself. In 2001, before he had his back surgery to correct the stooping caused by his ankylosing spondylitis, I showed him a demo of a multimedia Director presentation I had written. I thought as a programmer (he coded in COBOL for over 35 years), he’d be impressed. After the demo, I looked at him for his approval. He smiled and said it was nice. Then, after a beat, he said words I still remember to this day: “You know, I always thought you’d do more with the cartooning.”

And doggoneit…. he was right.

And here I am. It wasn’t the first time he prodded me towards cartooning. As a toddler, when I showed him the Peanuts comic strip I had just written and drawn, he explained that there was this man in California named Charles Schulz who was the only person who could write Peanuts strips. Why didn’t I try creating my own comic strip instead?

I can’t believe it’s been ten years. And I can’t believe it still hurts as bad ten years later.

There is very little I wouldn’t do, very little I wouldn’t give for just five minutes with him.

I love you, Big Guy. And I miss you terribly.

September 9, 1935 – December 16, 2004



Hey, gang!

For those of you who like Plain Brown Wrapper, I wanted you to know that I’ve put a bunch of NSFW Friday originals up for sale over on Etsy. These pieces are priced starting at $25, and the won’t be the last. I’m also going to do some clean pieces that will be available over there as well.

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Random Acts of Nancy

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random-acts-logo-swankyIt’s random! It’s Nancy! It’s live!

For the last several months, I have been honored to be working with the great Guy Gilchrist, who writes and draws the classic strip Nancy®. The first product of this work debuts today on GoComics: Random Acts of Nancy!

In this feature, we’ll be taking classic Ernie Bushmiller panels from Nancy that were offbeat and wacky to begin with, and then pull them out-of-context so they become even more bizarre and surreal. It’s a Dada experience that would make Jean Arp’s head explode, and it starts today at the Random Acts of Nancy page on GoComics.com.

UPDATE: The links now take you directly to the Random Acts page on GoComics!

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