Between Friends book collection! Limited time and copies!

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I have donated 5 copies of my book, “Hello, Daughter” to the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning indiegogo campaign.  I’ll sign and do a doodle too.

These copies are only available until APRIL 11, 2014 @ 11.59pm PT 

This book is out of print and the only copies left are from my own limited supply.

The book is a collection of all the strips pertaining to Harv and Susan’s struggle with infertility and the adoption of their daughter, Emma.  Included in the book are the background influences behind certain strips as well as reader response.PN050997-sample

The above strip was written in 1997.  Here is the added background inspiration for this strip:

My doctor asked me one time if I would draw a cartoon about fertility for him.  I wrote the above strip for him and eventually used it in my “Between Friends” story line.

In the original version of this strip, I used the word “sperm” instead of “sample”. This was the only time I was censored by my syndicate editor. I was told they would prefer it if I tried to make my point without saying “sperm” but would agree to my using it if I couldn’t (make my point otherwise). As it turned out, it wasn’t a problem to change it. I think the message is clear.

Click here to go to the Kenosha web site.

The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning!

If you live anywhere near Kenosha, Wisconsin, there is an amazing comics festival coming up in September…”The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning”. There are a MULTITUDE of cartoonists giving presentations PLUS two…count ‘em…TWO gallery shows of original cartoon art.  And even better…the events are all free to the public…so all you gotta do is get yourself there!  The details are right here at The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning web site.  Okay…now for those of you who are cartoon-lovers but just can’t get there, you can support the festival through their Indiegogo campaign.  There are all kinds of pledge levels to choose from…from limited edition Kenosha coins to signed books to signed original comic art.  Take a lookie right here for the Festival Indiegogo campaign.

Here are my memories as one of the speakers at the inaugural Kenosha Festival:

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My 20th Anniversary!

I have some news.

This month is the 20th anniversary of syndication for Between Friends!  Actually, I’ve been creating my strip for 24 years.  From 1990 to 1994, I self-syndicated my comic to a number of southern Ontario newspapers: The St. Catharines Standard, The Brantford Expositor and the Hamilton Spectator as well a few other weekly newspapers.  But…in February of 1994, Between Friends was launched internationally in 31 newspapers by King Features.  It now appears in nearly 175 newspapers worldwide.

It’s a little hard to believe I’ve been creating my comic for all that time.  When I was first launched, my husband was in a panic.  He kept asking me if I would be able to keep coming up with ideas indefinitely.  I kept telling him not to worry.  I’m not saying there haven’t been some frantic times when I wondered if I was done…if there just wasn’t anything else left for me to say…but taking a little time off to have some fun with family or friends always seemed to recharge my battery.

I have a few things planned to celebrate the year.  I’ll let you know about them as they unfold.  And I’m going to post some reflections and tidbits about my career here periodically throughout the year.

It’s been great so far.  I can’t thank my friends at King Features enough for the opportunity to draw a comic strip for a living. Their editors and promotional people are the most creative, friendly, professional and supportive group of people a cartoonist could have.  Their sales team is an outstanding, well-oiled machine and the international agents are just as wonderful. The folks at Torstar Syndication (the Canadian arm of King Features) are the best. Thank you all.

Now…want a peek at some scrapbook shots?…

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This is the photo from the debut article in the St. Catharines Standard when they added my strip to their comics pages in May 1990.  See the little note from Lynn Johnston on the board behind me?  I’m still using the same drawing board…a gift from my mom and dad.

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This is what my strip looked like in 1990.  That’s Susan and Maeve…they’ve changed a little over the years, wouldn’t you say?  *cringe* More to come…