Category Archives: Holidays

Veteran’s Day

I was never in the military, though I did grow up in it as an “Air Force brat,” as we are affectionately known. As an adult, I’ve developed a greater appreciation for what my father did, and for the countless others who served our country in the military. While on USO tours, I’ve been lucky to meet many of them in some of the more outlying areas where they’re deployed. These men and women are often far from home and family, and our tours gave us just a small taste of what that must be like. Here are some images that stuck with me from those trips. (Click to biggify)

Baghdad, Iraq

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Pumpkins as far as the eye can see… [Updated]

I’m pretty sure that’s how the description went in the gag for this strip. I can’t actually prove it, because in those days, Jerry sent gags to me via fax. Hard to believe we spent the years 4 through 15 with gags being sent as faxes. We’ve since moved into the modern world and use email.

Jerry sends gags to me as little scripts. A brief, not-usually-very-detailed description of the scene, and the dialogue. The panels are numbered. Most of the time, it leaves me some leeway as to the setting, the peripheral action, scene blocking. If it’s really critical for a bit of stage action or direction, he’ll indicate that for the panel. Then it’s just a matter of who says what.

It’s a great system. I’m not too roped into the details of how he sees it, which gives me room to play around with the characters. The nice thing is that he says most of the time, the finished strips look just like he imagined them.

I guess knowing someone for about forty years pays off.

This particular strip, though, was his Halloween “trick” to me. And an early one—we produce the strips several weeks ahead of publication. I wasn’t in the trick-or-treat mood yet. Continue reading

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The Great Comic Strip Switcheroonie of 1997

©1997, Jim Davis, Dean Young, Greg Evans, Mort Walker, Dik Browne…I can’t really keep it all straight…©1997, the respective copyright holders of Blondie, Garfield, Hi and Lois and Luann.

In 1997, we organized what, to date, was the largest comics crossover in history. It was perpetrated as an April Fool’s Day prank. Forty-seven comic strips participated mostly by swapping strips for the day. Amazingly, it was a well-kept secret until the day it launched, surprising and confusing comics readers across the country. The web site, ranks it at #32 of their Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time. Continue reading

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In honor of National Puppy Day—March 23

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I know what you’re thinking…The MacPherson’s don’t have a puppy. Continue reading

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Father Time is running out…

Only days left to get your Baby Blues 2013 Day-t0-Day box calendar to start the year off on time. Or else you’ll be playing catch-up the rest of the year. Available at


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