Author Archives: Howard

About Howard

I'm a cartoonist and writer, best known for my graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby, and my comic strip from the 1980s, Wendel.

The End Is Near (Year-wise)

As The Logs Burn This December has been different from its predecessors. For the first time in my adult life I’m living in a house with a working fireplace. This has made the month’s stretch of holidays a pleasantly toasty … Continue reading

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Settling In

We Did It! Despite the apprehensions expressed in my previous post seven weeks ago, Eddie’s and my move to Williamstown has been successfully accomplished and I have finally recovered enough to resume blogging. I will pause now to allow your … Continue reading

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Just In Time For Halloween

What’s Scarier Than Being Attacked In Your Bed By Zombies? Answer: Knowing that during the next few weeks you’re going to be uprooting yourself from a home you’ve been quite comfortable in and packing up a few decades’ worth of … Continue reading

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My Spin on “Oliver Twisted”

The great John Pound is the artist responsible for establishing the look and painting most of the images that made the Topps Company‘s Garbage Pail Kids a sensation back in the ’80s. While I can’t swear that John painted the … Continue reading

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Memories, Dogs, and Fears

I drew the picture above to accompany my 2003 online essay "Two Years, Two Wars, and One Dog Ago," which I posted on my web site as the second anniversary of 9/11 was approaching. Now, as saturation coverage of the … Continue reading

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Granny Sue, From Whom All Good Things Flow

"Granny Sue" is a handcrafted wall hanging that my sister-in-law Susan purchased for me on impulse while she and Eddie and I were browsing at a nearby Goodwill store here in North Adams. Something about it struck a chord with … Continue reading

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Commentary in Close Quarters

Anyone who is familiar with the modest dimensioned of my congenitally cluttered "studio" workspace knows that it’s not, uh, ideal for staging a video interview. But that didn’t deter the hardy set of students from Hostos Community College in the … Continue reading

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Playing Near Cliffs Can Be Fun…

…Except when it isn’t. OK, so the Republicans were nice enough not to push the American economy into the abyss as long as Democrats agree that only those who are already struggling will find their basic needs further slashed while … Continue reading

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On The Suspense Channel Tonight

Living in a state of unremitting alienation and anxiety over the behavior of those in power, as is the case today (see the cartoon above), takes me back to the Reagan years. Ah, nostalgia! Of course, Obama is no Ronald … Continue reading

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It’s Not a Joke, Just a Drawing

An Uncharacteristic Reticence Descends You may notice me being less chatty in my blog posts for a while. Don’t feel abandoned. I’m working on a germinal writing project, and at times like that my brain gets so preoccupied that I … Continue reading

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