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34 Years of Ack


If it weren’t for these deadlines I’d never get this thing done.

Back when we were in talks with a syndicate, our potential editor said she was visualizing Ask Maridee (the retooled Scooter and Ferret) as a replacement for Cathy. Like it or not, that will always tie our strip in my mind with the long-running newspaper comic about the stresses, loves and insecurities of a single woman who loves chocolate and hates trying on bathing suits. Maybe I can see the editor’s point, as Maridee is certainly always open about her insecurities, but the retooling ended up suffering from the same thing Cathy is criticized for: some indefinable sense of being out of touch. Yes women still have all of these tiny things that grate on us, but the any character constantly harping about those same little things for 30 years will eventually graduate from adorable to vividly annoying. Especially when Cathy floated above the events that affected the rest of us, like recessions and unemployment, remaining comfortably in her urban apartment while the rest of us resented her good fortune to have problems so small. That said, I deeply admire and applaud Cathy Guisewite’s decision to retire for good. Cathy will not continue to run in papers into 3012, written by her daughter, her granddaughter or her poodle. Once it’s over, let it be over – if only more cartoonists could step out when it’s obvious the party’s over, the rest of us have gone home.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

Launch Party

When I’m ready to publish this I’m going to spruce up those narration scrolls.

If all goes well I’ll be launching two websites at work tomorrow. One company manages adoptions and the other sells frozen nacho cheese. I love the variety of advertising, very different clients, very different industries, radically different designs and visions. One thing I try to keep consistent is providing customized documentation in addition to the standard information you can look up about Joomla or WordPress. No client should have to learn the ins and outs of Joomla before they know exactly how to get to one of their pages and make some changes.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

Twenty Five Weeks

As you can see, I made it. But only had time for page setup and one panel. More will have to be done over the weekend.

One person said for the first time today that I am wearing maternity clothes. I have actually been wearing some maternity clothes for months, but today I was noticeably wearing cute, new maternity clothes. And someone was the first to touch the belly. I don’t mind that much but it startled me, I’d heard it happens to all pregnant women it just hadn’t happened to me yet. The whole stomach area doesn’t even look like a part of myself to me, I haven’t gained a lot of weight anywhere else and it feels very odd.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter