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New T-Shirt for Andy’s Restaurant

May 26, 2020

Andys-T-shirt-v2_1024x1024@2xI designed another t-shirt for a business that is in dire need of support. Andy’s Restaurant  is the oldest business in my little town and like every business on Main Street, it is struggling to stay afloat. Readers of Paper Pencil Life may recognize the name from several comics that take place there. The bell jar of bagels also appears on the cover of Paper Pencil Life #3.  When folks at Wear Together, a local grassroots community organization, approached me to design a shirt I jumped at the chance to do something for Andy’s. Who doesn’t love a t-shirt from a diner??

The shirt is only available for 2 weeks and we need at least 10 orders in order for any shirts to be made. They will be silkscreened locally and shipped right to you! I’m proud to support this historic place that has been serving regulars and visitors since 1903!

Andy's Restaurant red

Limited Edition Merch Design for Split Rock Books!

May 6, 2020


I designed limited edition merch for a Bonfire campaign for my favorite bookstore, Split Rock Books. Many indie bookstores are offering an original designed T shirt or mug for THREE WEEKS ONLY on Bonfire to help raise funds to keep business afloat. I was happy to provide a drawing of Heidi and Michael’s first baby, their 13 year old tuxedo cat. Feeling bookish? Go get a t-shirt or a mug, before time runs out, and help keep the lights on at my favorite bookstore in the Hudson Valley!

In today’s Sunday New York Times Kids Section!

April 26, 2020


I have TWO pieces in today’s gorgeous Sunday New York Times Kids section! This one about the superpowers of soap against the Corona Virus and a small comic detailing a 6th grader’s most embarrassing moment during remote schooling.

It doesn’t feel right to tell you to go out and get one, but if you are anywhere in proximity to one, please look at the whole fantastic section!

Self Care Ideas

April 16, 2020

Self Care IdeasMy sister-in-law is a middle school English teacher and like millions of other teachers across the world, she is implementing new ways to stay in touch with her students. She had the idea to do a self care chart and asked if it I would make it for her. Of course! It occurred to me yesterday that this chart has good advice for any age–self care has no age requirements!

I know many people who have been struggling with the idea of self care because they are  so busy trying to keep everything afloat: learning new ways of working, schooling and being at home alone or with family or partners (this goes DOUBLE for the people who are caring for the sick, struggling to pay the bills or keep food on the table!!). As I was talking to a dear friend last night: “You not only need self care, but you need it more than ever!”  Self-Care is not self indulgent, it’s First Aid. We are in a crisis and no matter what level of hardship or suffering you are currently experiencing, you need to take care of yourself. This isn’t a sprint–this is a long distance run. Staying in touch with yourself and making self-care a part of your routine is key to longterm emotional health.

Take good care! I am thinking of you and I am sending you love.

Student Poetry

April 1, 2020

Student PoetryNational Poetry Month (my favorite time of year) couldn’t come fast enough during this pandemic. We could all use a quiet anchoring gift at this time and poetry is that gift.

Split Rock Books normally displays poetry by the local elementary school in their storefront the whole month of April, but because of the current climate, decided to do a virtual window display instead. I helped by drawing it–which was a fun thing to do and a way to “visit” the bookstore I haven’t seen in nearly 3 weeks and dearly miss! Go see the poetry, which they will be rotating every week. There are some absolute gems–do yourself a favor and click through to read them.


Chalkboard Love

March 22, 2020

chalkboardI was cleaning out a bag and found this quote scrawled on a scrap of paper. It was going to be the next chalkboard I drew at Split Rock Books. As we head into another week of uncertainty, I want to send love to all indie booksellers & those who are supporting them.  Keep it up and THANK YOU!

I know from experience that small bookstores are already down to skeleton crews and every sale of books count! If you live in a town that has a small bookstore, please look into doing web orders with them! And if you don’t, consider supporting an independent bookstore elsewhere. What better way to be cooped up than reading a book? Along with Split Rock Books, I highly recommend Kepler’s, Three Lives, Bear Pond Books, Chaucer’s, and Harvard Bookstore.

Love to all in this crazy time. Stay safe and stay sane.


All The Sad Songs in French

March 3, 2020

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Salut! I am OVER THE MOON to announce that All The Sad Songs is being published in FRENCH by Éditions Même Pas Mal!  I spent a month relettering the whole thing in French. Probably one of the most unexpected delights of my life has been seeing my intimate experiences translated into another language! Books will hit bookstores on April 9th! If you’re in France or Quebec you can get yours wherever comics are sold!



Graphic Novel Book Club

February 15, 2020

GN Club_Current- circle webDid you know that I run the Split Rock Books Graphic Novel Book Club? I do! Every month I choose a Graphic Novel (book length fiction or memoir in comic form) for adults and we meet on the the third Tuesday evening of the month to discuss! I’ve been running it for the last year and it’s been so great to share work and to introduce the varied narrative voices of comics to both regular readers and newcomers to comics.

The Highlands Current did a story about it and asked me to do an illustration of last month’s meeting when we discussed Ulli Lust’s memoir This is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life. If you are in the Hudson Valley you can join us for next week’s discussion of Eleanor Davis’ beautiful travelogue, You & A Bike & A Road.  It’s going to be good!

New Comic on Patti Smith on New Yorker.Com!

January 12, 2020

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SO excited to announce that I have another comic up on the Culture Desk Blog on New –this time on the legendary Patti Smith and her memoir YEAR OF THE MONKEY.  Yep, you read that right!

(Swaying with happiness over here!)

Go read it!

Happy 70th Birthday, Tom Waits!

December 7, 2019


Apparently, I can’t stop drawing musicians. Even though Tom Waits has probably one of the hardest faces to capture, drawing him seemed necessary once I remembered that it was his 70th birthday.

Tom Waits is my favorite artist of all time–across any and all mediums. His thoughts on music had a HUGE impact on writing All The Sad Songs. I don’t feel fanatical about many things, but Tom Waits’ music is like church to me. Here’s to being original, deep, and surprising for 70 years. Here’s to more to come.

Tom, I am so glad you are in this weird and troubled world.