Monday, December 9, 2019

Light the World: Ornament exchange

"Think of a close friend or family member," reads today's Light the World prompt. "Invite them to do an ornament swap, so you have something to represent each other in your respective homes."

There's something nostalgic about pulling out the Christmas ornaments each year.

My mom had pink glass ornaments that we decorated the tree with every year. Most were smooth, round and delicate. There was one that was oversized and was covered with all kinds of silver baubles. It went on the top of the tree, just below the star.

The kids usually made ornaments in Primary or at school, often using a photo of themselves (like in the cartoon).

So many ornaments come with stories, it's often like a family history project decorating the tree.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Light the World: Share a scripture

I'm reminded of an experience I had as a missionary with an investigator, Choi Yeong-nan. She was discouraged, sad, and felt empty and alone. We prayed to know what we could do to bring her comfort and peace. As we prayed, a scripture reference came to my mind. It was crystal clear. It was also one that I wasn't familiar with. I marked it in my Korean scriptures and we went to our appointment.

As we spoke with her, I shared the verse with her, handing her my book to read. Her eyes filled with tears as she spoke the words, and she said, "This is exactly what I needed to hear."

When we got home, I opened up my English scriptures to the same verse. The verse spoke of how the Lord knows us as individuals, therefore "let not your heart be troubled." It was a powerful testimony to her; it was a powerful testimony to me.

Share a scripture today with someone that you love. It can make a world of difference! 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Light the World: Gear up for service

Do some service for a family member today. #LightTheWorld

Friday, December 6, 2019

Light the World: Make a donation

What can you give to help someone in need?

We received a catalog in the mail from one of the #LightTheWorld giving machine partners. It has all kinds of cool stuff you can buy to help people in need: a goat, textbooks, chickens, meals. We're strongly leaning toward the $30 beehives.

The #LightTheWorld suggestion for today is to help someone in need  by making a small donation. It could be a goat or a beehive; it could be donating a smile or a friendly greeting to someone who is feeling down.

There are many ways to give; has links. Or give a gift of kindness. It certainly couldn't hurt!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Light the World: Say a prayer

Today's suggestion for #LightTheWorld is to offer a prayer of gratitude for Jesus Christ and his mercy.

I came across a quote from Elder Holland that says conversion isn't easy. Salvation is not a cheap experience, he said. How could it be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? [We] have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. [We] have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary.

Be grateful for what he went through so we don't have to!

Spend some time on your knees today. Express gratitude for your blessings. And as you do, you'll be come aware of even greater blessings that you've been given.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Light the World: Lunchtime!

Today's Light the World suggestion is to have lunch with someone new at school or work.

Sometimes it seems that we get caught up in the routine of day to day living that we don't notice those people on the edges. Sometimes all it takes is a little nudge or a word of welcome to help them feel included.

As my bishop says, you have the agency to make the invitation. Whether it is accepted is out of your control; that's the other person's agency. Do your part: reach out to someone on the fringe.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Light the World: Give

What better spokesman is there for Christmas and Light the World than Dracula?

Monday, December 2, 2019

Light the World: Social takeover

Today's Light the World suggestion is to highlight someone on social media who has Christlike attributes. At first I thought I'd have that be a bishop. But then as I watched three or four grandmas working on Thanksgiving dinner in the kitchen, I modified my thought. They were happy, cheerful and working out of love for their families. None were afraid to ask for help when needed.

I thought of my own grandma, who provided service for everyone in her ward (whether they wanted it or not). And my own mom, who was an example of patience and long-suffering (she had me for a kid!).

Not all grandmas are Christlike, but a lot of them are pretty darned close!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Light the World: Text your appreciation

Welcome to Light the World! Today’s service suggestion is to tell the next person who texts you something that you appreciate about them. It could save your relationship!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

You are not alone

When I started this cartoon I was thinking of holiday travel; when I finished it, I was thinking of shopping. It works either way!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Anybody want to buy a goat?

My dad was a teacher. When I was a kid, it was the highlight of my summer when I got to go into the teacher's lounge and see the inner workings of the school. They had a super cool vending machine that sold soft drinks in glass bottles. I must have been in third grade, and I thought that was the best thing ever.

Then in high school, my best friend's uncle stocked the vending machines in the school. If we happened to catch up with him at the right time, he would usually give us a couple of candy bars for free. That was the new best thing ever.

Now that Light the World has those awesome vending machines — excuse me, giving machines — I think those might be about the best thing ever. Even better than the soda machine in the teacher's lounge!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Parts is parts.

It's time to put the turkeys to rest... thanks to tryptophan!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and remember to count your many blessings!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

There, lurking in the shadows...

If you're a turkey, you should never watch cooking shows while you're home alone in the dark.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Sketchbook: Show us what you're made of!

I don't know about you, but personally I steer clear of things made out of tofu (or tubu in Korean). I had enough of it on my mission to last a lifetime!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Light it up

I love Light the World. It's such an easy way to introduce people to the gospel and to help bring them unto Christ. Few people can object to dedicating a month to doing acts of service.

Of course, first you have to make it past Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Brothers in arms. And legs. And wings. And wishbones.

"Which do you like better," my wife asked, "turkey cartoons or zombie cartoons?"

I was stumped. I couldn't give her an answer.

Don't worry. One more week and we'll be moving on to Christmas!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

All in

I've been in some wards where they open up the church on Thanksgiving and have a potluck Thanksgiving dinner. Someone provides a turkey, and everyone else brings a side. It's great for those who don't have a place to go or just want to be with other people on the holiday.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Sketchbook: At the (Hallmark) movies

The more I think about this, the more I think that they should absolutely make a Hallmark movie that somehow features the missionaries. Wouldn't that be amazing?

Saturday, November 16, 2019

WWI flying...turkey?

Whenever cartoonists include something from Peanuts in their work, they usually offer apologies to Charles Schulz or say that they are paying homage to him. He's my favorite cartoonist and one of my heroes.

Schulz had a huge influence on the world of cartooning. Even today, Peanuts is carried in more than 2,000 newspapers worldwide (who knew that there were still that many newspapers?!).

Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott, creators of Zits, say that they often put the zigzag pattern of Charlie Brown's shirt onto things in their strip: cereal bowls, lampshades, etc., to pay tribute to him. You may notice how often that motif appears in the work of other cartoonists as well. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Their loss is our gain

Even though Lehi's family left their gold and their silver and their precious things back in Jerusalem, I imagine there was some disappointment — especially on the parts of Laman and Lemuel — that Laban stole all their stuff. Including the silverware.

This cartoon is based on an idea by Elder Lindstrom, our local district leader and frequent guest in our home. Thanks, Elder!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Changing thoughts

I haven't added to the Not Quite Zen series recently, and this one seemed to flow naturally from the one yesterday.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

A higher plate

I struggled with whether there should be one "nom" or two. The life of a cartoonist can be difficult sometimes!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Do we say aah or mmm?

I always get interesting cartoon ideas when I visit my dentist. Even without the nitrous oxide!

Speaking of good ideas, are you looking for a great gift idea for Thanksgiving? Look no further! A new collection, "Tastes Good with Giblets and Gravy Blues," is hot off the press! Order your copy today!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sketchbook: Where you from?

I've had the privilege at work this past week of interviewing several veterans who now work for us. They have some great stories to share.

One recalled meeting their drill instructor immediately after getting off the bus as a new recruit. The drill instructor told them that they were all from Mars — that was to be their response whenever they were asked.

After three times of telling his instructor that he was from California, and being reminded in that gentle way that drill instructors have, he finally caught on that he was supposed to answer that he was from Mars! That's where this sketch came from: what if the new recruit really was from Mars?

To a person, each veteran said they were proud of their service, it was a great experience, and they learned about hard work, loyalty, diversity, and getting a job done with limited resources. Each came back with a sense of pride and patriotism. Many recommended the everyone should have a chance to serve.

Even if you're from Mars.

Thank you to all of our veterans, and those who currently serve!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

Sketchbook: Turkey in disguise

I found this hidden in my sketchbook from last November. Although it's a little more political than I usually get in my cartoons, it seems quite topical today.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

I think it's going to be a long, long time

Sure. In theory we might get an extra hour of sleep for one night. But in the long-term, just how significant is that really?

Our legislature passed a law last year that would get Oregon out of changing back and forth to accommodate Daylight Saving Time. But it won't go into effect until next year, and only then if it's approved at the federal level.

Things could be a little confusing around here on Sunday!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Back to business

What do the monsters do after Halloween? There can't be a lot of call for their particular set of skills.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A life of their own

Have a safe and happy Halloween, everyone! Keep an eye open for those littles out there tonight! Dress appropriately! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

It's locally sourced

Just between you and me, this one was a lot of fun to draw.

I probably should have thrown in some organic nightshade or something. What do you think!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Sketchbook: Little friends

I kind of like this idea. Maybe I'll pursue it a little further in the future!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

I only have tithes for you

This should be the last of the redraw/reformats.

Our bishop was our home teacher at the time I drew this one. I told him that his were the hands and feet. He thought that was nice. The next year this cartoon came out in the New Era, and he was over the moon — his hands and feet were in the Church magazines!

At about the same time, Brian Crane, creator of the comic strip Pickles (and also a member of the Church), came out with a similarly-themed cartoon. Their grandson wanted to go as God for Halloween because people would then give him ten percent of their candy. Great minds — or something!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Oh, snap! They really are a scree-um.

Just for fun we tried setting lyrics for Adam's family to the Addams Family theme song. The results were amusing, but I probably shouldn't repeat them here!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

If they rise not at all

Another in the series of reworks/reformatting. And, yes, it is in questionable taste.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

One day in the Cultural Hall

There's an old BC cartoon where they guys are playing baseball, using a piece of fruit as a ball. Thor catches it, sniffs it and says, "This thing is rancid!" Wiley, the umpire, also smells it and proclaims, "Foul ball!"

Monday, October 21, 2019

Sketchbook: Halfway there

Moms kind of frown on do-it-yourself haircuts, even if you're trying to look like a general authority!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Picture perfect

Yeah, I suppose there are those who want their driver license photos to look ugly. They probably don't go away disappointed.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Cast away

This is another that's been redrawn and reformatted.

The original caption was "Halloween on a desert island." I had an editor spend easily fifteen minutes explaining to me the difference between deserted and desert. He thought this caption was way more funny.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019