Category Archives: Muskrat Ramblings

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Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck.


Yesterday’s DORK TOWER: I am all four characters, though the last panel is (I think) obviously most me. Much has been shown to us, at this point, from Episode VII. More than there ever was for Episode I, by far. So though this was my reaction to the first Episode I trailer, way back when…I […]

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Owl bears are here! Or rather, there!


OK, guys – act fast on this one! If you missed GameHoleCon, and want one of the Owlbesr plushies that I designed, Noble Knight Games in Janesville, WI, has some. I’m not sure how many they have, but they tweeted that supplies are limited. The plushies are $22.50, at the moment, and I’m told by a reader that even […]

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Get Mini


Hey, gang! I’m pretty much feeling 100% better. Thanks for asking. But I’ve an appointment with the surgeon Wednesday, and await his official verdict. I haven’t seen him since I was wheeled into surgery, two weeks ago, and I sort of want to greet him with “So you’re the sonofabitch who knifed me!” But I […]

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I love Paris

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  “I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.” ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau Given the news from Paris and Beirut, Friday night, everything else seems ridiculously small. I love Paris. Judith and I honeymooned there. We went back for our 10th anniversary. We’ll be back for your 20th. I’ve been there many, many times on my […]

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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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