Category Archives: Parenting

Cartoonists Demand Action video

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.

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This day in Baby Blues history, December 6, 2003…

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Hammie and Trent started the Look-out!-Here-it-comes!-Club. Sounds dangerous. And fun.

I want to know who the third member was.

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A Baby Blues Halloween Oldie

(Click to biggify) November 1, 1998

This is one of my favorite Halloween gags for a few reasons:

It has some cute costumes that remind me of Trick-or-Treating with our kids

I love the dog I drew in the upper right corner panel (I’m allowed to like something I drew)

And it ends with Darryl eating something gross that one of the kids gave him. Now, that’s scary, eating something your child hands you without knowing where it’s been. You’ve been forewarned.

Got any gross Halloween experiences you’d like to share?




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Halloween: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Glue Guns

I don’t really know how it started.

It could’ve been when we made our younger daughter into the comic strip character Nancy as a nod to my friend and partner Jerry Scott. At the time, Jerry was drawing and writing the Nancy strip. Our daughter had a ball of Nancy hair complete with spikes made from pipe cleaners.

It could have been when we read The Stupids Have a Ball (by Harry Allard/illustrated by James Marshall) to the kids. It inspired us to recreate the Halloween costume, General George Washing Machine.

(Click to biggify) If iPods had been around when our daughters were kids, we would have definitely made that.

Either way, we started down a long road of elaborate Halloween costumes based on  commercial products and entities. My wife was really into it. She’s extremely resourceful—a wizard with cardboard, felt and foam sheets—and she slings a wicked glue gun.

In the beginning it was a lot of fun. Each year, though, the costumes presented new challenges and the bar was set higher. It seemed such an insurmountable task to top yourself every year.

Sometimes being a cartoonist came in handy. Admitedly, there were times when I was reluctantly drafted into helping construct them. Reluctantly, because it usually meant a trading sleep for costumes.

An early one was the Hawaiian Punch juice box, painted in great detail to look just like the real thing, only super-sized. Early successes led to, among others: Continue reading

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The ER episode you never saw on TV

This is a really helpful article from Parents magazine ( In Case of Emergency: 11 Ways to Make the ER Less Stressful.

My wife and I can attest to suggestion #2, “Let Your Pediatrician Pave the Way.” When our first daughter was very young, we thought she’d swallowed a battery from a toy. There she was sitting in the middle of the kitchen with the open toy, and two AA batteries.

The toy used three.

Darryl and Wanda try to find out what Zoe swallowed. August 4, 1992

My wife and I sprang into action. We frantically searched the kitchen for the missing battery, but came up empty-handed. I had the bright idea of handing her one of the remaining batteries to see what she’d do with it.

“Where’s the battery?” my wife said.

Our child took the battery and immediately went for her mouth. Horrified, we snatched it from her and my wife called the pediatrician. He advised us to take her to the ER right away, and he called the ER to notify them.

Calling the pediatrician first helped at the ER. As we raced through the doors, the nurse at receiving was waiting for us with the note scrawled on her hand.  She approached us in the waiting room: “Kirkman, child swallowed battery?”

Heads turned. I’m sure that conjured up images of our daughter with a DieHard in her tummy. (Shameless promotion: you can see a couple strips that came from that episode in BBXX, due out November 13th).

Back to the article. The advice is definitely worth a look. It will serve you well if you can recall any of it should you have to make a run to the Emergency Room. Anything to take some of the stress from that situation is a good thing.

And by the way, x-rays showed no sign of a battery in our daughter.

Later, we conducted a calmer, more thorough search. We found a single AA battery under the refrigerator.



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