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The Force Is Strong in this Trailer

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This week, I’m running some new strips that should have run a couple of weeks ago. But didn’t. Because Gallbladder. They were all drawn (but not yet scanned in) and everything, and then…BLAM! As a reader noted on my Twitter feed, the Gallbladder is the worst Batman Golden Age villain. Anyway, instead of forgetting about these […]

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So How’s It Going?


Hey, all, A lot of people have been asking how I’m doing. In other circumstances, I should be in London right now, visiting my family. My sister, a surgeon, said absolutely no way should I be flying transatlantic, following surgery. So I won’t. She’s a top-notch doctor, one of the best, a member of the Royal […]

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The Gall of It All


Hey, guys! This post may be a bit more rambley and random that normal. Please be forgiving of any typos. I’m on some super-strong pain medication, and the last 48 hours have been…interesting. Cut to the chase: I’m sadly not sure how much time I’ll be able to spend at GameHoleCon the weekend. I’ve also […]

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Umber Hustle

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So, Saladin Ahmed forced me to make this GIF. FORCED ME. Because of this: So you see, I had no choice. By the way, have you tried Saladin’s Throne of the Crescent Moon? One of the best novels I’ve read in a long time, chock-full of terrific writing and engrossing storytelling. It should be on everyone’s list. Absolutely […]

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Berkely Breathed Boycott Shenanigans

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The other day, NPR’s “Fresh Air” featured an interview with Berkely Breathed, famed cartoonist and creator of Bloom County, one of the great comic strips of all time. The full interview can be found at at Towards the end of the chat, Breathed touched on winning the Pulitzer Prize, and talked about coming to an Association […]

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Happy Autumn!


  Happy Autumn! I will now listen to people speak the words “Pumpkin Spice” without wishing them any actual bodily harm. – John

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Insane Charity Bike Ride 2015: NOW UPDATED WITH MORE SWAG!


  A quick update: With nine days to go, I’m amazed and delighted to say that you guys have raised 94% of the fundraising goal for my Insane Charity Bike Ride 2015 that I sort of feared might be impossible to hit! Suffice to say, I’m pretty confident I’ll be wearing the duck, again. This has been a busy summer, […]

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Changes in my Schedule.

I regret to announce that I will not be making it to FanExpo in Toronto next month, after all. July was a hugely busy month, bookended by two massive shows, made awful by the passing of Judith’s mother. Indeed, I had to fly to Minneapolis directly from San Diego Comic Con to be by her side, […]

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It’s been rough summer. Judith’s mom, Janice passed away, last month. Best. Mother-in-Law. Ever. Janice and Lester welcomed me into their family, when Judith and I married, 20 years ago. And the warmth and generosity Janice showed me was as immediate as it was unconditional. When I say “unconditional,” I mean it: Five weeks before […]

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TOUR DE DUCK 2015: Duckupdate!


For various reasons, July was busy as hell. Unfortunately, that put me behind in training for the Insane Charity Bike Ride 2015. It also put me a month and a half behind plugging and hyping it. It’s approximately six weeks until the ride…and I’ve lost six weeks of training. I’m trying to catch up now, but […]

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