Smart Phones, Stupid People


Phones! They are everywhere! An electronic device that has sneakily been taking over the world! And the people who buy these ultra super do everything devices are allowing them to take over their personalities, like those giant pods in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. People sit at a table all looking at their phones and not interacting. They might even be texting each other which is so much easier than actually looking at your boyfriend and talking to him. No awkward pauses. And the phones are laughing behind your back (or in front of your face) about all this!
I have a smart phone. It’s a Tracphone. It basically does everything an iphone does but for much, much less. Even so… it tries to work its siren call on me! Subtly buzzing. Wait… it’s buzzing now! Is someone trying to contact me? Someone interesting? More interesting than writing this post? No, I won’t look… STOP it! Um, one minute. I’ll be right back……………………………………

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Sustainability

Tarzan and Jane are doing all the right things living organically and shopping locally. We, too, try to live organically with 34 raised garden beds and a greenhouse. We never use pesticides or anything so… the word is out that is you’re any kind of a garden eating bug or insect or whatnot to head on over to our place! It’s a battle every year to see who is going to win. Sometimes it’s a tie. Other years we are victorious. Of course, then there are several kinds of blight waiting in the wings!

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Creating Monsters: 200th Anniversary of “Frankenstein”


It’s the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelly’s creation, “Frankenstein”! I did the above cartoon in celebration. Mary Shelley came up with the idea for her story in 1816 while staying in Geneva with Percy Bysshe Shelley, her poet husband, and his buddy, Lord Byron, who came up with the idea, one evening, that they each write a ghost story. The rest is horror writing history. And the basis for some classic horror films, James Whale’s “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein”.

I recently read a great new graphic novel based on Mary Shelly’s life “Mary’s Monster” by Lita Judge that was added to the collection at the Library where I work. Here’s a link to this fascinating work: “Mary’s Monster”.

 

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Another Great Day!


It’s Saturday and rainy here in NH and I have to work at the Library today, but, hey! Things could be a LOT worse! As anyone who grew up on Nuclear Disaster, Post Apocalyptic and end of the world movies can tell you! Just be glad giant ants aren’t beating down your door, or space aliens kidnapping your parents and returning them just a bit different… and, of course, there are no pods in your basement ready to hatch your replacement. So, grab an umbrella and get out and enjoy your weekend!

 

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Jane Eyre Retake


This cartoon takes poetic license with Charlotte Bronte’s classic, “Jane Eyre” by adding a twist to the story… and borrowing one of my favorite closing lines, shared by Claude Rains and Humphrey Bogart, as they walk off together at the end of Casablanca.

 

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E Devices


I have a friend who loves everything new in the way of technology. And he loves to share. So when he gave us an Echo dot I thought, “Yay! It will keep me informed of when my favorite TV shows come back on the air and remind me what channel and time because when these stupid networks bring back my faves like “Star” and “Walking Dead” I seem to never see the notices of when they return for the second half of their seasons unlike in the old days when a season ran from September to June and you always knew what channel. Anyway… no matter how I tried it refused to do what I wanted. So, eventually, as word got around that these things were spies or something equally sinister, like informing marketers that you like stripey shirts so you get all these targeted ads,, it got unplugged and put into deep sleep until a time when I can download a program that will make it do something useful, like remind me to watch
stuff!

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Portraying Women in Ads


This cartoon was based on something  I learned about women in print ads.
My husband was a multi-award winning newspaper editor and journalist for many years. As part of his work he once went to a seminar on how women were portrayed in print media. This was nothing new, but when he shared what he learned with me I really started looking at newspaper and magazine ads. There were lots of ads for women’s undies but also women in many other ads were often crouching, bent over or otherwise minimized as opposed to how men in ads were portrayed. Anyway, things have been changing for the better with more women editors, photographers, film-makers and company Presidents (not to mention cartoonists!). Still, who doesn’t love a good sale on all cotton undies?

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International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

Today’s Six Chix cartoon celebrates the beginning of Women’s History Month which includes International Women’s Day which is March 8. Six Chix will be honoring these events with a week of cartoons begun yesterday with Benita Epstein’s work. Be sure to check in each day to see each Chick’s work on this subject. My cartoon, today, is based on a wonderful teacher I had for 3rd and 4th grades, Mrs. Angrees. I will always remember her and I think anyone who was lucky enough to have her as a teacher will always remember her as a one of a kind educator.

Here are links to Women’s History Month:https://womenshistorymonth.gov/

and to International Women’s Day: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

 

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There’s Something Out There…

 My Six Chix cartoon for today (1/27/18) features a UFO alien. Years ago, I was standing in the parking lot of Boston Chicken with family and friends and looked up and saw this white light that seemed to be hovering and then shot straight up and disappeared! When I said “Did you see that???” no one else did… so I decided to do some research. I contacted an organization called Boston MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) and spoke with a gentleman who first said “Would you consent to being hypnotized?” “Um… no!” I replied. So then he said the military had new air thingys that could approximate a UFO and that was probably what it was.
I ended up joining the local MUFON so I could sell the UFO tees and other things I was inspired to create at the conferences and they were fascinating and a lot of fun and I sold a LOT of tees and things. As a result, I’ve continued to add the “aliens” to my cartoons and they’ve featured throughout my Six Chix work and other work over the years!

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Famous Monsters Changed My Life

It’s almost Halloween and I always think of Famous Monsters of Film Land Magazine which was all monsters all the time. When I was maybe 7 or so I went to the candy store to buy a comic and instead ran back home to ask my Mom for the unheard of price (if I remember correctly) of 50 cents to buy a magazine I’d never seen before, the first issue of FM! Little did I realize that I was about to have my life changed by its editor Forest J Ackerman! He was a brilliant man who introduced his kid audience to Ray Bradbury and Gaston Leroux, H.P. Lovecraft and Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley and to the world of silent movies, German expressionism as well as all those Universal monsters and creatures of the night. I never got to meet Mr. Ackerman which was a dream I had, like meeting Walt Disney, but I am eternally grateful to him for expanding my appreciation of so many authors, filmmakers and actors.

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