Just in time for her 82nd Birthday today- What Sylvia Plath Taught Me is now a beautiful archival print! You’ve enjoyed the illustration all over Pintrest! How about pinning it to your ACTUAL wall in your very own home? Perhaps above your desk for those early morning hours at the journal?
Go and get it!
I am loving (LOVING) hearing from people who have enjoyed my comic books Paper Pencil Life. It fills my spirit, people and rallies me to keep going. One comic that keeps getting noted as a favorite is this one, which is in Paper Pencil Life #1. It touches me that people like it so much. The moment really was exactly like that and grief really is like that too–a surprise firework show of blue light in the backyard of your heart when you least expect it.
From my backyard to yours–thanks to all of you for your support on my books.
Last saturday in my comics class I had everybody participate in a Drawing Jam as a way to create some original characters. It was a hoot! Every student created 16 characters to work from. Their homework was to create a “how to” comic based on one of the characters they made in class. I made copies of all the character sheets and have been looking at them all weekend totally smitten and inspired by them all. Finally, I couldn’t stand it anymore and last night did my own homework assignment using two of the characters made–The Guru and The Student. The result was the comic up top. The original characters are posted below.
The comedic actress Jan Hooks died last night
. I don’t know why Hooks didn’t become larger than she did because her talent was enormous. I feel lucky that I grew up in the era of Saturday Night Live that I did, watching Hooks every week with Phil Hartman, Nora Dunn, John Lovitz, Dana Carvey, etc. I think it was one of the last seasons of real “theater” types–not just improv or stand-up people–but a generation that had grown up singing and dancing and acting. The imagination and skill of those seasons is still unmatched. I remember Chris Rock saying that they called Phil Hartman “The Glue” because any skit was pulled together when Phil Hartman was put into it. I think the same could be said of Jan Hooks who could deliver some of the most solid characters out of sometimes very weak material.
Graham and I had watched Hooks steal the show on the few episodes of 30 Rock and, like many other people, Graham did not know who she was. So I took it upon myself to show him some of my favorite skits. The Sweeney Sisters was one of them
. Every monday morning of high school my best friend Meg and I would reenact all our favorite skits. This skit of Jan Hooks and Nora Dunn doing the Sweeney sisters was/is an all-time favorite. We reenacted this skit so many times that some of the lingo became imbedded in some of our every day talk. I didn’t realize this until I showed this skit to Graham. I hadn’t seen it in 25 years and not only was it as funny as I remembered it, but it was like seeing an old friend that I had not realized had made such a large impact on me. I was in the kitchen doubled over laughing, but also crying because so much of it was still in how I talked to Meg and how I sometimes punctuated my own humor.
Jan Hooks, we hardly knew you. Thank you for your great effort.
I am psyched that I am among the “6 Creatives Who Prove That You Can Hold Down a Day Job and Still Make Awesome Art” article featured today on AOL Jobs! I am among some INCREDIBLE art makers. Go check it out!