To my wife Lezley on our fourth wedding anniversary…

To my wife Lezley, on our fourth wedding anniversary…

I know you hate when I do this, but since it’s only once a year I’m hoping you can give me a pass.

We shouldn’t work.  We are too different… in every single way. Even down to the way we’ll spend eternity (you in the cemetery, me in an urn).

We know everything about each other. I love you. I can’t imagine life without you… and that’s saying something… because I like to think I have a decent imagination.

And I like to use “…” a lot.

When I proposed to you in December 2013, I said  “… the worst day of my life with you is still better than the best day of my life without you.”  Again, “without you” at the time seemed unimaginable.

Then, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 hit us all like a steam shovel locomotive 747 jet combination.  For the first time, in all our time together, that unimaginable concept “without you” was ever so briefly on the table.

It sucked. It hurt. It was scary… and it REALLY pissed me off.  Why was this happening? Why weren’t allowed to be happy? Were we taking something for granted?  What the hell?

But you being the tough chick that you are soldiered on… didn’t always seem like the appointments, the treatments or the testing would ever end, but they did.  I wasn’t there for all of it, but I was there for most of it.  I still regret that.

October 18, 2014 was one of the best days of my life. You were the most beautiful bride I had ever seen. I look at that picture of you on that day every day – there’s one at each drawing board I work at.  It has been said that a woman is the most beautiful she’ll ever be on her wedding day.  Total bullsh-t.  You’re beautiful every day… you contending you’re NOT beautiful makes you even MORE beautiful to me… and a little irritated because you won’t, even in passing, acknowledge that you are fiiiiine as hell.

But you know what? You were even MORE beautiful on the day of your last treatment and you rang that bell.I married that woman.

Love you sweetheart.  Happy anniversary.

That dude who lets the dogs out.

 

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2019 Calendar cover – more than twice!

Got the 2019 Bob calendar cover finished faster that I anticipated.  Seems funny to pt so much work into something most people will only see twice: once when the put the calendar up and once when they take it down.  But, hey… it keeps me off the streets, right?

Would you like to see this more than twice?  Why not buy a print of it?  You can check it out at Society6 by clicking or tapping here.  20% off + free shipping on this item with code 20PLUSFS ends tonight, October 11th at midnight PT!

More 2019 Bob Calendar news coming soon!

Bob Calendar 2019 – cover progress…

It’s that time of year again.  Every year I marvel at how fast calendar time creeps up on me.  It happens every year and yet I still treat it as something unexpected.

In keeping with Bob calendar tradition, the cover pays homage to cartoonist Bill Watterson’s masterpiece of a comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

Here is the cover as a work-in-progress.  It’s ink on bristol.  Bill Watterson was/is a very traditional cartoonist so I keep the coloring non-digital. I start with markers and do accents with gouache and colored pencil.  I like all the covers that I’ve done… but I think this one is already special.

Here are the covers from previous years…

2015 Bob the Squirrel Calendar

 

 

 

 

I’m hoping to complete the inside calendar art soon.  I’ll keep everyone posted when the calendar will be available for purchase.

 

 

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Halloween 2018 – Frank and Lauren

It become a tradition for me to take the characters in Bob the Squirrel and make them a bit more “Halloweeny” for October.  Here are the first two in the series: Frank as Ace Ventura, Pet Detective and Lauren as Rosie the Riveter:

Frank as Ace Ventura, Pet Detective

Lauren as Rosie the Riveter

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month – Sometimes life is nuts…

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month I’ve written three articles with more details on our family’s challenge and how our lives have forever changed.  Plus, there are COLOR Bob the Squirrel strips:

Sometimes life is nuts… it’s good to have a squirrel around

Sometimes life is nuts… it’s good to have a squirrel around

Cartoonists have bad days. Rejection is an occupational reality.

Source: romesentinel.com/special/sometimes-life-is-nuts-its-good-to-have-a-squirrel-around/QBqril!hwsceNMIoysIZHqZI9a46g/

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