Freedom 56: My First Year as an Empty-Nester

Freedom header logoI haven’t posted lately.  I’ve been a bit preoccupied and also a whole lot busier than usual.  I’m leaving for Halifax in about ten days to help my daughter get situated for her first year of university.  This means that come September, I will be an “Empty-Nester”. You’ve seen some of the empty-nester issues reflected in Between Friends with Kim’s stepson Danny leaving for school last year.  Susan’s daughter, Emma is in her final year in high school.  So my life has definitely been influencing the content in my comic strip…not as an exact mirror of our circumstances at home but it’s fodder for sure.

Freedom 56 is something a little more personal.  It’s a 4-part graphic essay of my reflections about having the last of my kids leave home.  It appears (appeared) each Saturday in the Toronto Star and the Montreal Gazette.  (August 16-23-30 and Sept. 6)

You can read part one by going here.


Feng Shui, me and TV

Feng Shui, me and TV! This profile was done about thirteen years ago…I had done a little series about Feng Shui in my Between Friends strip and I was contacted by the producer of a television series about Feng Shui. They used a strip in each of the segments and then came to my home to do a profile on me.

The Cartoon Bug

The Cartoon Bug     It’s taken me a while to get caught up and back to normal since I got home from the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards weekend in San Diego!  My talk went well…at least that’s what everyone told me.  Then again…there’s one heck of a lot of drinking going on during the weekend so who can say for sure? :)  But the whole weekend was fantastic…well organized, interesting and fun.  It ‘s so great to get together with my cartooning friends in person instead of via internet or telephone! Tom Richmond and his wife, Anna outdid themselves making sure everything ran smoothly.  On the final night of the weekend, we had dinner on the Midway. Pretty hard to beat that!

So…if you’re wondering about the little cartoon above…that’s my very first syndicated comic.  Note the date of Feb. 16, 1973…and my age…13…actually I think I may have been 14.  Anyway, I’ll save you the trouble of doing the math…that makes me 56.  And I look exactly the same except my hair is shorter…and dyed to hide the grey.

“The Cartoon Bug” was a syndicated feature that paid ten dollars if they selected your comic submission.  They printed your photo and gave a short critique.  I was pretty thrilled when they sent me notice that my cartoon had been selected.  Note the hat on the little boy with the yo-yo…that’s my Jughead influence from the Archie comic books.

Humble beginnings, for sure!