Category Archives: Adult Babysitting

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I’m LONG overdue for a massive update on here (such is the insanity of December, guys), but in the meantime, I’d like to share this announcement: I’m kicking off the New Year as a guest of WeMake’s sketchXchange series!  On January 3rd, I’ll be sharing my sketchbooks, stories, and process in an intimate event hosted in WeMake’s new space at Tillamook Station.  Past guests of WeMake’s sketchXchange include B.T. Livermore, Gary Baseman, Nelson Lowry of Laika, Amy Ruppel, Adam Garcia, and Jolby & Friends.  You can check out WeMake’s video collection of previous events here!

Registration begins this Friday, and space is limited!  For more information, a special interview, and where to get tickets, go here.

AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

xoxo

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A sale is happening in my shop right now!  Save 20% on all prints, comics, and zines in my store with special discount code TALLYHO.  It’s the perfect time to finally get your paws on an Animal Battle print!

Sale ends Friday!

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Stumptown Comics Fest 2013

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With Pony members Keith Carter, Jennifer Parks, and Amy Kuttab (not pictured are Emi Lenox, Erin McCarty, and our awesome intern Daniel).

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It’s been a few days since Stumptown wrapped on Sunday evening, and I feel like I’m just now finally recovering from the madness.  I had so much fun working at Pony Club’s booth, meeting fans and other exhibitors all weekend – this fest definitely trumped last year’s experience.

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As part of Pony Club, I was there to promote the new second volume of Adult Babysitting, and I was completely bowled over by all the people that approached me to tell me how much they loved the comic.  It was exactly the kind of experience I needed to know that I should keep going.  Making comics (any art really, but especially comics) can be a lonely road at times, and sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it.

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I’ve been so focused on my solo show that I wasn’t aware about this review of Adult Babysitting until a fellow exhibitor mentioned it to me.  Thanks to Rob Clough from the Comics Journal for the wonderful review!  Kind words indeed.

And ya know, all that excitement was really enough to tide me over for awhile, but then THIS happened:

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I was selling this print at the fest – it’s an illustration I did in art school a number of years ago – when this sweet old lady came over and said she wanted to buy it.  Then she introduced herself.

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She said her name was Muriel Fahrion, and she was THE CREATOR OF STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE!!!

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Not only that, she also created the Care Bears.  THE CARE BEARS.

I nearly died, and when she signed one of my prints to a “Berry” Special Friend, I definitely teared up.  It turns out that she was just visiting from Oklahoma, and happened to be at the fest and saw my print.

I almost closed up shop right then and there, the experience was so amazing I knew it couldn’t be topped.  STCF 2013 was AWESOME, and I’m already looking forward to next year.  Thanks to all my friends and fans that came out and said hi and to my fellow members at Pony Club.  That was a great weekend.

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PS: This opens TOMORROW:

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I am so excited.

Animal Battle // Koala

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Hola.  Here are pictures of my sketchbook, showing some quick drawings I did of another Animal Battle piece, Koala.  This sketchbook is a big’n (I use 11 x 14″ books), and it has become such an integral part of my process that I can’t imagine not using it.

As you can see, I didn’t stray too much from the original sketch:

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I’m in the final stretch before the show opens next week, and not as if you needed a reminder, BUT:

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Also, THIS weekend is the Stumptown Comics Fest!  I’m super excited because this year I’ll be exhibiting with my pals from the Pony Club Gallery.  I’ll be signing and selling copies of my comic, Adult Babysitting, all weekend!  Here’s where to find me:

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In addition to my comics, as part of the Pony Club I’ll be releasing a special PRE-SALE of signed Animal Battle prints!  Yip yip!

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I’ll only have a few prints of each, so come visit me this weekend at Booth Q5 to get your paws on one, indulge in some animal goodness, and lavish yourself with boozy comics.

CHEERS / TALLY HO 

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Interview // Portland Mercury

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I was interviewed for this week’s Artist Profile in the Portland Mercury!  In it I talk about comics, bartending, and making art.  Check out the interview here.

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Plus, all Adult Babysitting merch is still on sale in my Etsy shop!  If you like laughing, I suggest you pick up a copy of the comic.

Thanks to the Portland Mercury for the feature!

Cheers!

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New! Adult Babysitting Volume II

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NOW IN MY SHOP: Adult Babysitting Volume II!

Have you ever waited tables?  Shlepped drinks on a tray?  Stood behind a busy bar for 7 hours while needing to pee the whole time as you mix and muddle hundreds of cocktails?  Dealt with the drunken public?  Read horrible Yelp reviews about yourself by that asshole you kicked out of the bar once?  Cleaned up someone else’s puke out of a sink?

Yeah, I get you.  I’ve done it too.  This comic series is meant for you.

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With hilarious true stories and shocking behavior by grown-ups who should know better, find some solace in these small volumes.  Sip a whiskey while you’re at it.

And for those of you who have never spent time working in the service industry, do yourself a favor: get educated.

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Hogwarts || Part 2

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More Harry Potter inspired bartending comics!  If only this could happen in real life.  Although I could probably still make that kid cry like that, without any magic.

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I’ve been re-watching the Harry Potter movies and couldn’t help but think how much more awesome a bartender’s job would be if they had a magical wand.  More to come.

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GRIDLords // Comic Reading!

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THE TIME is nearly here!  This Saturday I’ll be reading my favorite strips from the newest issue of Adult Babysitting for GRIDLords!  And I’ll be selling the first copies exclusively at this event!  omg omg omg

I’ve spent months toiling away on this issue, hunched over my desk, eyes bleeding, fingers cramping, ignoring my cat – I’m so excited to finally let it all hang out.  Volume II is pretty dang awesome.

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Plus, scope my sweet interview with GRIDLords’ Emily Nilsson, in which I reveal all my darkest secrets, like how I got a job by lying or how I ended up living in Portland because of a funeral.  JUDGE IF YOU WILL

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Yup, I’ll be selling the first copies of Volume II exclusively at my comic reading, Saturday January 26th at 8pm, at The Waypost in NE Portland!  Get your little mitts on one!

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I hope to see you all there!

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Comic // Hose ‘Er Down

 

I just finished a full new strip for Adult Babysitting: Volume II, featuring one of my favorite log book entries by my coworker.  In it, a hapless drunkie gets hosed down with water from the soda gun after she pinwheeled her way behind the bar (always a big Nuh-Uh).  Poor thing.

I inked this two page spread on my self-made template I created just for Adult Babysitting, then scanned it into Photoshop for some clean up and added tones.  Wanna see the full comic?  Check it out over on www.adultbabysittingcomic.com!

And have a wonderful holiday, y’all.  May your feast be plentiful and your house full of family or friends.