BBXX: Baby Blues Decades 1 & 2 has received several great reviews online. There’s one in particular, by Augie De Blieck Jr. at ComicBookResources.com. Thanks for the great review! (Scroll down about midway in the page for the review)
Amazon reviews have been great, too—21 5-stars and one 4-star (where did we go wrong?).
BBXX includes what we consider to be the best strips of the first 20 years. Add to that the special sections with sketches, commentary, inside info on how we work, photos and short essays, and you have a great gift for any fan of Baby Blues, cartoons or that aspiring cartoonist in your life. It all comes in a beautiful hardbound volume suitable for any coffee table (unless you’ve got teething babies around).
This year was the 67th Annual Reuben Awards dinner. In February, Tom Richmond, the president of the National Cartoonists Society informed me that I was nominated for the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.
From most people that garners a shrug.
To cartoonists, it ranks right up there with an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy or Tony. But in our case it’s even more special because, at some point in the 1990s, the award was made a once-in-a-lifetime award—no repeats.
This was my first nomination. My fellow nominees, all nominated by the membership of the National Cartoonists Society, were: Brian Crane (creator of Pickles) and Stephan Pastis (creator of Pearls Before Swine). The announcement of the winner would be made at the awards dinner during the Memorial Day weekend convention of the NCS in Pittsburgh, three and a half months from then.
I have to admit, for the first few weeks, it messed with my head. Every drawing raised the question, Was it good enough? After a while, that gets pretty exhausting, mentally. I was finally able to get to a point where the nomination stopped sneaking into my head. Continue reading →
Baby Blues is included, along with twenty-two other cartoonists, in the latest “Demand A Plan/Demand Action” video. It’s a call to action for people and our leaders and representatives to take steps to end gun violence. There is no one particular solution proposed because it is a very complex problem that requires many approaches in many areas. It’s up to us as citizens to demand that we start addressing the issue in all the areas it involves. Inaction is not a solution.
Since we are not getting into any specifics here, we aren’t asking for a debate on this page—there are plenty other places on the Internet for that. You can watch it or not, take it to heart or not. Above all, please keep the comments civil.
Get your signed Baby Blues books here—Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Arrowhead, 7685 W Bell Rd Peoria, AZ 85382.
Yesterday, I signed a dozen Baby Blues books in their stock, including four BBXX books. I also drew a character or two or three (depending on the book) in each one. Get ‘em while you can! You might want to call first, to make sure they have the one you want.