In a few weeks (10 days) I am flying to Halifax to help my daughter get situated for her first year of university. This means the "Empty-Nest" will soon be my reality. I've shared my thoughts about this new stage of life in a 4-part graphic essay series appearing each Saturday in the Toronto Star and the Montreal Gazette. (August 16-23-30 and Sept. 6)
If you're reading this...I have to thank you for your loyalty and perseverance in visiting this blog. I haven't paid ANY attention to it (obviously) since last July. Just a reminder that you can read Between Friends daily by going to this link right here.
I even put up the occasional Between Friends-ish blog post there.
OR you can visit this link right here and visit Comics Kingdom. You can read Between Friends there daily as well or entertain yourself by reading the comments section. Some of the comments people make about my cartoons are pretty funny...some are weird...and of course, with the anonymity of the web, some are rude. Comics Kingdom has an archive of a year...or you can subscribe and have ad-free access to (I think) ten year's worth of Between Friends, all of King's other comics, vintage comics and puzzles.
I did my first podcast interview with Tom Racine a few weeks ago. Tom really makes you feel like you're just chatting with a friend and while we were recording the podcast I thought everything was fine. Then it was over and I've been second-guessing myself ever since.
Anyway...I blabbered on for so long, he had to cut the podcast into two parts. You can listen to them here:
I'm back from the National Cartoonists Society Award Weekend in Pittsburgh and finally settling back down to get to work. It was so much fun! The great thing about going to cartooning conventions is being able to meet up with your cartoonist friends in person instead of the usual computer or telephone connection. And it's a great way to meet new cartoonists...like Dave Whamond who does the panel, "Reality Check". (see photo above)
Above is a photo of the Canadian contingent after the Awards ceremony. Left to right: Dave Whamond, Sandra Bell-Lundy, Lynn Johnston, John Martz, Ron Boychuk, Mike Cope, Brian Boychuk, Guy Parsons. Photo courtesy of Carla Whamond.
It's so nice to get out of sweat pants once in a while...
Finally. Next week I am taking a little vacation. I'm heading to the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award weekend in Pittsburg. The Reuben weekend is a three day event of cartoonist seminars, cocktail parties and an Awards night which is the cartoonist equivalent of the Oscars. I haven't been in about five years so I'm really looking forward to it. The festivities are always fun and informative but the best part is getting the chance to meet up with my cartoonist friends from all over Canada and the United States...and even some from overseas. Of course this means that a little shopping is in order...and I do mean more than a new blush.
See? I TOLD you I've been busy. My new BETWEEN FRIENDS web site is now LIVE! Wanna come over and visit for a little while? You can read BF there DAILY and I also have a great, big ol' archive of Between Friends strips you can peruse on your coffee break. Come see.
Very busy past couple of weeks for a variety or reasons. I'll be launching my new web site soon...stayed tooned for that.
Also, it was high school student council election time again and my daughter ran her traditional chocolate-chip-cookie-give-away. We baked and decorated 550 of these cookies...
Last year we did it in one day....8:30 in the morning until 1:30am. This year we opted to do it in a two day marathon. I baked and Tara iced the cookies in the white icing for the face. The next day after school I mixed the orange for the hair and decorated the squiggles and she did the eyes and mouth. It was quite an assembly line.
Below is her campaign poster. She did it very simply using the mouse in photoshop. After she coloured it, I sent it Staples to be printed as a poster. (Lucky us, they had a special on posters for half price)
Tara Lundy For Students' Council Executive c 2013 Tara Lundy
I take it you're getting the idea she has curly red hair. (Not carrot red like the cartoon but what the heck, right?)
Students running for Executive had to give a speech as well and she included a Power Point with a little animated gif of the cartoon she did last year. (thanks to my friend Mike Cope for pointing us in the direction of a simple and free online animation program) I couldn't figure out how to post it but if she puts it up on Youtube I'll embed it)