Bob and Rachael Ray – a one-sided love story, part three

via Rachael Ray Show

Rachael Ray, celebrity chef, guru and overall dynamo,  has been the object of Bob’s desire for over a decade.  What blossomed in 2006 , was still blooming in 2007 and 2008, continued on.


February 9, 2009

February 10, 2009

Bob continued his obsession at the end of the decade.  Things in my life were settling down.  We were all moved in to the new house, Lez, Lauren and I were becoming a real family.  And yet, I still felt the need to be a little passive-aggressive when it came to Bob and Rachael Ray.  And

It was around this time I actually had a shot of getting on the Rachael Ray show.  It got pretty far too… I was talking to one of her producers about being on their marriage proposal shows.  The premise would be that I was on the show talking about the comic strip… Lez would be in the audience.  She’d think she was there just to see that.  That’s when I would propose. (I managed to get a good proposal in later on)  On the show. In front of millions. I was nervous.  I was looking at rings.  This all came about and would come about in a matter of 10-12 days. I was in the running to be picked.

The producers then asked if I’d be willing to shave off my ‘stache and beard… essentially giving me a make-over. I (like an idiot) refused… and the phone never rang again. I take a few moments every February since to kick myself for being so foolish. I never told Bob.

Something is wrong…

December 29, 2009

Toward the end of 2009 I did a series of strips where Lez get Bob a Rachael Ray spatula for Christmas.  I thought it was a funny premise… watching Bob go nuts (sorry) over that particular item.  The strips were very funny.  Very funny.  I scanned & sent them off… and proceeded to work on the next story.  Another two weeks of strips finished. Boom… I’m on a roll.  It was only when the Rachael Ray strips were to begin running that I noticed a teeny tiny error.

I had managed to spell Rachael Ray’s name wrong.  In every. Single. Strip.

Going back and fixing it was possible, but not practical. I’d not only have to fix the spelling on the bad strips, I’d have to re-date the two weeks of panels I did AFTER these.  Three weeks of strips changed.  So, I let them run.  Enduring the emails about my error.  Know why?

Because I was going to a week of strips ABOUT the error.  Take that frown and turn it upside down.  Make fun of myself… because, why not?

Only problem was I had to crank them out in record time. Like two days.  This leads right into…


January 4, 2010

January 5, 2010

The benefit was I was now further ahead than I’d ever been.  In the grand scheme of errors ever committed by humanity this doesn’t even rank.  I used it.  I really poured the Rachael on in early 2010.  This made the Valentine story somewhat bleh.

February 12, 2010

Next up… new decade, same heartbreak.


I’ve decided to sweeten an already great original art deal.  I will include one pack of BOB THE SQUIRREL SUNFLOWER SEEDS!  (limit one pack per order) These aren’t seeds for eating (although you’d have to fight Bob on that) they’re seeds for PLANTING!  These seeds were harvested from sunflowers I grew in my backyard.  They’re the ones I saved from you know who (Bob).

It may be a bit too late to plant them this year but you’ll have a great piece of art and a head start on 2018!

Click on the image above or here to grab some art and get some seeds!


never question my dedication…



Dedication is a special thing.  I can’t even believe that I’m doing this, but after all it is the internet.

You will notice I posted two pages from my sketchbook.  There are a lot of squirrels there.  New squirrels.  They’re not anything of museum quality, but there they are.

For those of you not aware, I post 3-4 extra one off sketches of Bob to Facebook and Twitter throughout the day (Monday thru Friday).  They are quick little things.  I got into the habit of it from that Instagram Bob 365 challenge I completed last year.

This is in addition to the daily strip and three installments of SQUIRRELOSOPHY.  17 (avg.) sketches, 7 strips, 3 Squirrelosophy panels = 27 new Bob the Squirrel drawings/panels per week.  That’s nearly a month’s worth of original work in a single week.

It has been alleged that the sketches of Bob that I post throughout the day are rehashed drawings I merely change the words to.  Translation: I’m stealing from myself and rehashing content.

I DO NOT re-hash stuff I post.  That kind of thing, while tempting on those late days I’m not feeling even 30%, turns my stomach.  I didn’t get into this to re-hash anything.  If I can’t be original, there’s just no point.

I don’t have to post all this extra stuff. I WANT to post all this extra stuff.  I like having people see something new from me on their daily feeds.  I’ve gotten to the point where I can draw 20-30 squirrels in one day for the following week.  I suppose my dedication could be misconstrued as crazy.  I’m totally cool with that.

Go ahead… Call me any name in the book.

Hell, get creative and make up a few… makes no difference to me.

But three things you can NEVER call me: undisciplined, undedicated and a re-hasher.  If I post something from the past, I’ll let it be known it’s from the past.  I will NEVER take a squirrel, throw a new coat of paint on it and pass it off as new.  Never.

I get “I don’t like this” emails all the time.  Sometimes there’s genuine constructive criticism, sometimes it’s just crap.  I just couldn’t let this one go.  Readers of Bob know I’m in this strip blood, sweat, ink and tears.  It only takes one cruddy email… one cruddy email.

I’m not the type of person to call someone out…so I’m not going to post the allegation originator.  Think what you want… I’ve wasted enough energy on this.