Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sunday, May 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!