Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Those darn Gadiantons!

Sorry, no punch line here. It's just an illustration I did for my sister-in-law's Primary activity. It's kind of a long story, but they needed some Gadianton Robbers* as decorations. In the same party they had a bean bag toss through Goliath's head. Must've been some party!

Anyway, it's her birthday. So happy birthday from the Gadiantons!

*The Gadianton Robbers were some pretty nasty bad guys in The Book of Mormon.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday sketchbook: fertilizing the idea garden

So Christy and I were talking the other night, and I said something about "thinking outside the box." And she said, "Oh, I thought you were thinking in the can."

My dear wife gets full credit for this one.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Those mansions above...

I was skimming through the blogosphere the other day, and I came across "Ode to the Owens", and there was one entry that caught my eye: one of her sons said that his ambition as a grownup was to wear a suit. That got me thinking, and I took it to another level. So, props to lisaowens and her progeny for the inspiration!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Plop fly

I saw in the news that several baseball fans were caught trying to steal parts of the old Yankee Stadium following the final home game. Can't say that I blame them for trying, but I guess some of them got overly ambitious in their souvenir sampling. We didn't have that problem on University Avenue. Folks weren't lining up to take home chunks of old, nasty concrete!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Week on Wall Street

With all the hullabaloo over the markets, this old cartoon came to mind for some reason.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Live from the Middle East

I get asked from time to time whether I ever do editorial cartoons. I've done a few, but not many. Here's one I did a few years ago. Change the location, and it may still be pertinent today!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Make yourself at home

...and their third sister, Rockie.

Sometimes I like to hide little in-jokes within the drawings. In yesterday's strip, you could see the apartment number, 121, a reference to my old BYU strip. In this one,Rockie picks up a magazine in the last panel, an old copy of the Ensign. Just to compound the reference, there's a (really rough) drawing of a covered wagon on the cover. Of course, others do the same thing. Brian Crane (who is also LDS), the creator of the comic strip Pickles, often has Opal reading the Church magazines from time to time.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pleased to meet you!

We haven't visited good Heavens for a while. Jack is getting to know his neighbors.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday sketchbook: mmmm! Pasta!

I'm pretty sure this has its roots in an old Dennis the Menace cartoon where Dennis compares his spaghetti to worms and golf balls. So considering that momma birds regurgitate into their babies' mouths, what would they find gross?

Which reminds me...we're feeding the missionaries on Thursday!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Happy autumn!

This was true when it was first published a few elections ago, and it's still true today.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

It's a dirty business

Because the project was going so well, under budget and ahead of schedule, it was expanded another half-mile or so. We discovered a swamp under the road, which was kind of exciting...but didn't get quite the public reaction that the old trolley tracks did back on Center Street (go figure!). I think we just marketed it wrong!

Friday, September 19, 2008


This actually reminds me of a place in Busan that we would go to on special occasions*, the Fisherman's Club. It was this hangout down by the waterfront that had pretty good burgers and decent pizza. Its customers were mostly crews from the ships in port, and included people from all over the world. Like 'most everyplace else we went, we as missionaries really stood out from the crowd. I could almost imagine something like this happening.

*Special occasions were defined as a birthday, a mission milestone, or anytime a zone leader or pone boo staff member had a hankerin' for a burger.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Why didn't I think of that?

I was actually surprised we didn't find more homework, backpacks or textbooks "accidentally" dropped in the excavation for University Avenue.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday sketchbook: TLAP coming soon!

This Friday (Sept. 19) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. So that got me thinking, what would happen if the missionaries met up with a pirate ship? This is one thought I came up with. I'll have another one on Friday.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Special guest artist: Richard Hull
So whaddya call the horses?

This is one that ran a long time ago in The New Era. And why am I running it today? Because they just called me as a ward missionary!

I told them that I would accept the call as long as I didn't have to give up Cub Scouts. They agreed. In fact, they agreed so quickly that I think I should have driven a little bit harder of a bargain!

And, as something for the "gee-whiz" file, my aunt and uncle are on the cover of this month's Ensign.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Stick that catch!

NEWS ITEM: The football field at West Salem High School is found to have an abnormally high lead content.

Maybe they'd be better off playing in concrete?

Friday, September 12, 2008


Zach just moved into a new apartment with new roommates. I hope it works out!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Oh, the humanities!

It may not exactly be true, but it certainly felt like it some days.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I don't wanna be at work, either!

It was perfect timing that the construction only affected two schools (BYU and Provo High), and we were working in front of both of them when they each started classes.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Conspiracy theory

Yes, we had the main entrance to campus blocked off for the first few weeks, but it all worked out OK. I've been sworn to secrecy, however, about whether this cartoon is actually true.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Monday sketchbook: back to school for you!

In celebration of the start of school, I thought I'd run this one that never made it past the sketchbook.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Bark! Bark!

I've been waiting to run this one, and I just can't any longer! Anyone else identify with Ralph?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Excavation history lesson

There's all kinds of cool stuff under the road!

I thought this might be appropriate as BYU is on a road trip today, heading up to Washington to take on the Huskies and beat yet another PAC-10 team.

UPDATE: 28-27 BYU. Go, Cougs!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Kinda like Montana?

Happy birthday!

UPDATE: Talk about having the worst birthday ever -- Chris took a bus to pick up his supposedly-repaired car in Dillon, Mont., only to head home and have it blow up again 40 miles later! Talk about being stuck!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Welcome, little one!

When Chris was first born (several years ago), I thought it would be a GREAT idea to do a cartoon based on his life. However, the reality of taking care of a baby kinda set in after just a few days -- consequently, there are only four cartoons in this series. But as this is his birthday week, here they are!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Monday sketchbook: good morning!

Tomorrow is the first day of school, and we are all very much looking forward to it. Especially when you add in early morning seminary!