Saturday, June 16, 2018

6/16/2018


I’m not a jewelry wearer, but I think that if I was, I’d take it all off before going swimming (I know of one wedding ring sitting at the bottom of a lake). I decided that Candace is the same way, and came up with a possible idea of why.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

6/13/2018


I keep telling myself that, in the interest of maintaining human interactions, I will swear off any and all self checkouts (no luck as of this writing). I got to wondering how cashiers, like Candace’s roommate, feel about automated versions of themselves. Once upon a time, Henry Ford utilized the assembly line in which many human workers combined to create automobiles. Today robots have ousted almost every human being on the line.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

6/10/2018


The “I’ve drawn your bath” joke in this cartoon was borrowed from an episode of the 1990s animated series Batman, which was set on April Fools’ Day. The joke fell flat in both cartoons, but, unfortunately for Candace, hers led to some roughing up.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

6/7/2018


Either Candace would have made a good drill sergeant or she would have made a good private…or maybe bodybuilder. I don’t know.

Monday, June 4, 2018

6/4/2018


For me it seems to be blues and greens I have a little trouble telling apart. Either that, or several others have that problem, and I’m always correctly identifying colors. There’s just that one area in the spectrum between blue and green where it gets tricky to say what’s what.

Friday, June 1, 2018

6/1/2018

I think a lot of comic strips feature summertime battles with two (or more) combatants trying to soak each other in as creative ways as possible. This round goes to Candace (sorry, Meg).

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018

5/27/2018

I based this one on Rudy, a dachshund hound I once knew. And, yes, after gulping down a slice of cheese with a pill hidden within, he dropped the pill on the kitchen floor! Other dogs, however, need no tricks. They will gladly wolf down the pill (and anything else edible!).

Friday, May 25, 2018

5/25/2018

Some folks can go right on about their business despite a thousand little distractions roaring around them, while others have to have total isolation. I think I fall somewhere in the middle. As long as a distraction isn’t specifically aimed at me, I usually can ignore it (unless it’s particularly noticeable). One exception is bedtime, when I’d really rather not have the world going crazy around my ears!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

5/23/2018

I think I was watching too many 1950s era sitcoms when I drew this one. It just seems to me a semi-recurring theme back then was a guy wanting to go out every night with his buddies, despite being married (at least in the shows I like to watch). Anyway, this cartoon doesn’t have the happiest of endings, but neither do a lot of sitcom episodes!

Monday, May 21, 2018

5/21/2018

There’s no disputing a cat’s love for a good sunbeam, but we mustn’t overlook our canine friends’ love for the same! I have watched enough dogs stretching themselves out in a ray of sunshine to know what I’m talking about with this cartoon. During cold months, when the sun is lower in the sky, I tend to get sunbeams around my drawing board, and, yep, there is often a furry friend stretched out on the floor nearby!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

5/19/2018

This is one of my “feel good” comic strips. Usually, I’m content just to leave one character mad at the other by the last panel, but this time around, I wanted everything to turn out A-Okay.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

5/17/2018

Whether in cartooning or otherwise, I always think it’s a great idea to try to get inside your characters’ heads in an effort to depict human psychology. Some of the best known comic strip characters to go on fantasizing rampages are Snoopy, with his World War I Flying Ace and Calvin, with his Spaceman Spiff (no, I won’t admit Hobbes is a mere fantasy!). Anyway, I don’t know how influenced I was when I drew this cartoon, but I thought it’d be funny to get a look inside my single girl’s head!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

5/15/2018

Daily puzzles are something that I have a strange relationship with. Instead of either going for every puzzle wholeheartedly (like Candace) or recoiling entirely, I approach some puzzles with enthusiasm, and others with, “I can’t do this, so why attempt it?” I’m pretty fond of stretching my brain with a good Sudoku puzzle, but I might be one of the worst crossword puzzle solvers of all time!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

5/13/2018

Here’s another example of a cartoonist’s attempt at the old joke: “Same Planet, Different Worlds”. I’ve never been particularly good at drawing cars, so I made sure we only see a small portion of Candace’s wheels. I also tried to position the two thought balloons in the last panel in such a way that it looks like they’re simultaneously having their own thoughts.

Friday, May 11, 2018

5/11/2018

We’re all human, and we’ve all needed time away from other humans now and then. I am not nearly as skilled at getting rid of people without them finding out what I’m up to as Candace is. This is just another one of my cartoons where she comes up with an uncommon solution to a common issue! I wonder what movies Megan went to see?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

5/9/2018

I really think this is one of the best cartoons I’ve ever managed to pen. I got to combine Candace’s regard of national leaders’ work ethic with her boss’ newfound terror of a President Candace! I suspect that every 4 years lots of Americans all over are kept awake by the prospect of their least favorite presidential candidate getting the job. So I took that idea, and I ran with it! And now we know what keeps the boss up at night.

Monday, May 7, 2018

5/7/2018

I’m almost convinced dogs wait’ll their humans least expect it before unleashing the full wrath of their little voices!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

5/5/2018

If you think I’m poking fun at myself with this cartoon……you’re absolutely right! For some reason, there are times when I know I should be paying attention to what I’m being told…..I even try to pay attention…..but sometimes my subconscious has other plans, and I quickly (VERY quickly) forget what I’ve just been told! Obviously, caffeine can keep you wound up, but there are ways of achieving the same without it.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

5/3/2018

Shortly before landing my cartoon in the independent Duluth, MN newspaper, I submitted a tiny batch of my cartoons to them. Although Candace 'n' Company is set in a generic city, the pier I drew in this comic was loosely based on the Canal Park pier outside of the Duluth, MN/Superior, WI harbor at the head of Lake Superior, and is the farthest inland of all U.S. harbors. Oddly enough, I don't recall having ever seen this cartoon appear in that paper!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

5/1/2018

This unassuming little cartoon will always be special to me. It was the very first Candace ‘n’ Company strip to be published, appearing in the September 13, 2011 edition of what was then known as the Zenith City (Semi)Weekly Newspaper in Duluth, Minnesota (U.S.A.). I’ll always remember the moment I very carefully peeked within the pages, only to see that I finally got something in print!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

4/29/2018

Well, if you’re ever hungry, just make Candace angry, then try to get her to forgive you after she’s done preparing the ensuing feast!

Friday, April 27, 2018

4/27/2018

Yes, I know it’s a tired old joke that golfers hear. That’s why the boss is so unamused!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

4/25/2018

It’s all a matter of perspective. If it’s a cute dog or a cat, we react with love. If it’s a mouse or a fly, usually not so much!

Monday, April 23, 2018

4/23/2018

Typically, when I see a vehicle with the Fishers-of-Men emblem on the back, the driver is obeying traffic regulations quite well. Apparently, I have not yet encountered Candace on the road.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

4/21/2018

If you understand this joke, please let me in on it. When I first drew this, it made perfect sense to me. Now I can’t remember exactly what it was that made perfect sense!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

4/19/2018

I keep telling myself modern-day people aren’t really this bad off…I keep telling myself…

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

4/17/2018

I’m thinking that with drone technology, maybe it’s possible to continuously suspend a bird feeder in midair about 25 feet off the ground (well away from trees and buildings)? No squirrel could reach that! Oh, well.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

4/15/2018

Sometimes I like to playfully tease friends and/or my brother for not being as tall as I am. Well, surprise! So does Candace (even though she’s probably just a hair shorter than the average woman).

Friday, April 13, 2018

4/13/2018

Another shot at the modern-day habit of staring at a phone at the expense of knowing what’s going on around you!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

4/11/2018

Despite my tendency to grumble about being asked to help (like Megan), I like to happily say “You’re welcome” if thanked. We’re all weird in one way or another.

Monday, April 9, 2018

4/9/2018

I’m pretty sure I had just recently listened to the song by K.C. and the Sunshine Band when the inspiration struck for this comic.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

4/7/2018

I’ve found that pets often choose one human to sleep with at night and stick with that human. But once in a while a pet like Fido will spend the night elsewhere.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

4/5/2018

A bit of a recurring joke I like to relive is the idea that as no matter what the circumstances are, if you’re eating out, say something about work, and presto! Tax deduction! But it’s just a joke. I’m too lazy to actually keep track of all my “business dinners”.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

4/3/2018

Seriously, who really is the master in any pet/human relationship?

Sunday, April 1, 2018

4/1/2018

Years ago I used to create my comic art on copy paper with ballpoint pens and colored pencils. I used Canary Yellow for Candace’s hair, and once I began coloring digitally I learned to go with the yellowest yellow possible. Eventually I got to worrying that the colors I chose for virtually everything were too bright. But different folks see things different ways, and I wound up drawing this comic to commemorate that. The dialogue of Bob’s friend Carl (and Bob’s subsequent thoughts) in the last panel directly reflects something I was once told regarding my choice of colors.

Friday, March 30, 2018

3/30/2018

When neighbors get to be friends, there are often interesting ways in which they interact. Case in point…

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

3/28/2018

It’s a fact. Bad news sells. It sells far better than good news. That is probably why T.V. newscasts often look like the one here. 29 ½ minutes are devoted to commercials and stories of doom and gloom, and 30 seconds are set aside for a little good news.

Monday, March 26, 2018

3/26/2018

Despite the checkered past (and probably present) of Megan’s mom, at least the lady is trying to make good by becoming an author……writing what she doesn’t know!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

3/25/2018

I like to try keeping Candace from getting too independent, because I imagine she's still a little girl at heart. And apparently, her favorite bedtime story is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I know it doesn't look particularly realistic, but I really like the background colors here. If I were drawing a "soap opera" comic strip, I might be compelled to dial it down a bit.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

3/24/2018

Megan virtually accuses the dog of having fleas here, but I suspect Fido was just an easy scapegoat. But then again, that’s just my take. This is ultimately your cartoon to interpret any way you please, so if Fido has fleas, by gum, Fido has fleas! I’m more interested in seeing Megan actually cooking something, a skill in which she’s usually totally inept! And with her sweet tooth, of course she’d bake brownies!

Friday, March 23, 2018

3/23/2018

Early in the days of social media, I viewed it as a silly waste of time, and never ventured into it. Well, these days I do, but mostly behind the front of Candace ‘n’ Company. It’s not that I’m a reclusive hermit, because I’m not. I would just rather push my comic strip than talk away with friends I can simply see in person. So I’ve never really gotten a full grasp on how the rest of the world uses it. This cartoon stars Candace’s boss, Bob, and Bob’s wife Ellie.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

3/22/2018

Face it, pet owners. You are all loved dearly! Personally, I'd be delighted to have my pet dog chose me over the rest of the couch. That must be one riveting book Candace is trying to read.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

3/21/2018

Well, we're all guilty of not listening, aren't we? Candace tries to pray over dinner every night, but I guess conversing with fellow diner(s) is more of an optional decision on her part. By the way, I really like the you're-lucky-this-table's-holding-me-back look Meg gives her in the last panel!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

3/20/2018

Screens! They are everywhere now! Television sets, computers, cell phones, the list goes on and on. I'm pretty sure anyone who writes anything is to some extent being influenced by his or her own time. I just wrote what I saw.

Monday, March 19, 2018

3/19/2018

To each his (or her) own. In Candace's own opinion, talking your way out of a tight spot at work is an art form. But Megan is the true artist around here (though I suspect she's not particularly good at it!).

Sunday, March 18, 2018

3/18/2018

Shakespeare meets pro wrestling meets police dogs! According to this strip, there are at least three TV sets in the home, so everyone gets to watch his or her own TV show. Unfortunately, the two humans are too mad to enjoy themselves!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

3/17/2018

Well, this is just weird. Candace describes the theorem of a Greek historical figure as "French". In another cartoon, Candace describes swearing as being "for people who are too impatient to come up with the right word". She should've given it a bit more thought before unleashing her own verbal volley.

Friday, March 16, 2018

3/16/2018

This one was inspired by two different childhood homes of mine when it was possible to hear a blaring radio next door, and in both cases, the neighbors lived quite a distance away. Some folks are content to simply use headphones or earbuds, but not Megan!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

3/15/2018

In many ways Candace and Megan are polar opposites. Here we have civic minded Candace frustrated by apolitical Megan. I sometimes see polls displayed on T.V. news, but I sure don't recall anyone ever asking for my input.