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May 5th is Cartoonists Day.  It’s a day that draws (sorry ’bout the pun) attention to all who doodle, draw and cartoon their way through life. Comic strips and cartoons are a uniquely American art.  Cartoons have made an amazing impact on our popular culture and society in general.  Cartoons and cartoonists have shaped public […]

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My brother David was having some problems with his Windows computer.  He asked me what would help clean his system.  I offered a few suggestions, and hopefully, he’ll get his system back to working order. When you run Windows, you need to periodically tune and clean the system in order to make sure it’s running […]

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Paul Fell, a very talented cartoonist and good friend, introduced me to a terrific pen for cartooning a number of years ago. It was the Fountain Pentel Pen. The Fountain Pentel was a disposable fountain pen and allowed the cartoonist to draw with a varying line thickness.  And laying down thin and thick lines really […]

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They say that, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Yeah, well, This is my niece. She has a black belt.  She’s throwing around two swords. This is the the pen I use to draw my comic strip features and other cartoons. Even if I’m holding an entire box of pens and Kelly has two […]

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I love to tweak and customize my computer’s desktop. I love to add widgets, gadgets, shortcuts, and informational apps. I’ll add just about anything that will allow my system to be as unique and distinct as possible and still allow me to get my work done. This is another big reason why I run Linux […]

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Like a lot of cartoonists, I’m always on the hunt for the perfect pen. Over the years, I’ve used a lot of different pens. I’ve probably experimented with dozens of pen brands, makes, and styles. I’ve used fat nibs and thin nibs. I’ve purchased expensive and economical pens. I’ve bought pens in a box and […]

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I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of speaking to various schools, libraries, and organizations. My talks on cartooning detail the way I draw the characters, how I structure a comic strip, and the tools of the trade. In recent years, when speaking about the various tools I use, I also include an overview of the computer […]

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I own a nice, large, traditional drawing table.  I used it all through college to draw my comic strip George (Go Buckeyes!).   It moved with me from dorm room to frat house to back home.  And then it made the college rounds again years later when I loaned it to my nephew Tom. But as […]

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One of the fun things about being cartoonist is trying out different art tools. Like a lot of cartoonists, I’ve experimented with my share of pencils, pens, drawing nibs, and graphic software applications. After all this testing, you tend to settle in on a few that become tried and true. But you continue to try […]

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I draw five comic features, so I need to work fast.  One of the great time savers is the non-photo blue pencil.  It’s a simple and efficient approach.  The blue pencil lines don’t scan.  So, as I draw, I can get as sketchy as I want.  I can draw and redraw a character or background […]

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