Ask A Cartoonist: Biff! BAM!… splat?


This week’s “Ask A Cartoonist” blog post is all about sounds in the comics. MAD Magazine’s Don Martin was the king of onomatopoeia, making up the most delightful and disgusting sounds for his MAD cartoons. Sound effects are part of the job for every cartoonist. You’ll find our contribution to this noisy post at the bottom — It is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.


Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season — And Deadlines…

After a storm in 2011, this large pine in our neighbor's backyard just barely missed my studio.

After a storm in 2011, this large pine from our neighbor’s backyard just barely missed my studio.

Hurricanes may come and go, but deadlines are always with us.


Last Thursday night, Hurricane Hermine drew a bead on Tallahassee, Florida, where I live and work. Our power went out almost immediately as Hermine went to work kidney punching Florida’s Capital City. Tallahassee has lots and lots of trees. A great deal of them are large southern oaks decorated with beards of Spanish moss, plus there are a ton of loblolly pines everywhere. In fact our front yard alone is home to twenty-three 80ft-tall loblolly pines. So whenever a big storm strikes, the city’s trees come down as if there was a lumberjack convention in town — and the trees take miles of power lines and utility poles down with them. Replacing all that power grid infrastructure can take a few days if not more.

A Lesson In Latin

content-1.php 15-14-09As you may have noticed, yesterday’s strip included a bit of Latin as Dustin travels to Rome with Megan’s high school Latin club all this week and the next.

Trouble is, I got it wrong.

A reader gently let us know that “noscere vos” means “to recognize you all” and not “nice to meet you.”

Our reader, by the way, is not just any reader, but Dr. Edward “Ted” Zarrow, a Latin teacher from Massachusetts, who just so happens to be the 2016 National Foreign Language Teacher of the Year.