Friday, August 19, 2022

The day dawn is broken

Personally, I'm not a fan of any meeting that starts before 7 a.m.
 

Thursday, August 18, 2022

For those days...

Emergency Pop Tarts are for when the emergency chocolate has run out.
 

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

It's all in the name

And that's the important thing, isn't it — that the badge still fits?
 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

All this for a lame joke?

I had the pleasure of visiting with fellow cartoonist Arie Van De Graaff (aka, the Ward Cartoonist) and his family the other day as they hosted my family for lunch. We talked shop, we shared favorite jokes, we told mission stories. We talked about works in progress (we both have a couple of cool projects in the pipeline). And the food was outstanding — and abundant — as well!

One of the nicest things we talked about, however, was how we as a group of cartoonists support and encourage each other. We've promoted each other's books, we worked together on telling the Nativity story in cartoons, and we met together (via Zoom) with the Church magazines when they changed format. We celebrate each others' successes.

It would be easy to consider ourselves rivals in cutthroat competition for what is definitely a niche market. But that seems the antithesis of what LDS cartoonists should do. I'm honored to rub shoulders with such outstanding people!

Pictured here are: Summer Bird, me, Arie Van De Graaff, and Ryan Stoker. Don't know who the MC is!

 

Monday, August 15, 2022

Sketchbook: A rose by any other name

For the longest time, an investigator in our ward was known as "the couch lady." It really helps the fellowshipping process if you know their names.
 

Thursday, August 11, 2022

It's our turn

With stake conference this weekend, we've been asked to kick it up a notch...
 

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

...and he's stuck!

That was one of the worst things as a new missionary — you're going along just fine, then someone asks a question that throws you off your train of thought. I certainly could have used a reset button!
 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Crossing the line

I admire our seminary students for being able to make that transition on a daily basis. Strength of Youth indeed!
 

Monday, August 8, 2022

Friday, August 5, 2022

Sounds of silence

I think I’ve mentioned Elder McCormick before. He was outstanding at sound effects, too. 

Another story I don’t share in sacrament meeting. 

 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

The back story

Biblical scholars don't know the origins of the Book of Job — who wrote it, or when it was written. 

Recent studies, however, have brought new information to light. Like how his trials started when he was a kid.
 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

A milestone!

It's time to celebrate another milestone! This marks the 5,000th cartoon posted on this site! 

In case you don't recall, this is my first cartoon that was ever published — a long, long time ago. Never did I dream that it was the first step in the road that would bring me here.

Thank you for your readership and your support. Here's to many more!
 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Another set of toys

The kids are back! And I really like the idea of a Job action figure!
 

Monday, August 1, 2022

Sketchbook: Perilous times

Job thought he had trials, but what he went through is nothing compared to how our kids suffer if the Wi-Fi is down.
 

Friday, July 29, 2022

Catch the wave

I had a friend serving in the Carolinas who was walking down the street with her companion one day. They said hello to a little old lady who was working in her garden, who promptly turned her hose on them and shouted, "You're not going to get me to marry Joseph Smith!"
 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

This little gospel light of mine

 

When my son returned home from his mission in Arizona, his face and his arms had a deep, golden tan. The rest of him? Not so much. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

For such a time

I had a companion named Elder Mitchell. He knocked out a guy on the street my first night in the area. It's a long story, and one that I don't usually share in sacrament meeting.
 

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

A refreshing idea

 

They’d probably do great business if they set up outside of the elders quorum!

Monday, July 25, 2022

Sketchbook: The new bishop

I came across this old sketch and it made me laugh — although I think it's obvious why this one isn't going any farther than the sketchbook.

It might have been more appropriate to run when Infinity War or Endgame came out. And in a way having Bishop Thanos reminds me of the time we had Darth Vader as president of the elder's quorum. That didn't turn out too well either.
 

Friday, July 22, 2022

A place for everyone, and everyone in their place

As a kid, sometimes the best way I could help my dad with a project was by staying out of his way.
 

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Monday, July 18, 2022

Sketchbook: Sweet!

It occurred to me that missionaries often need to adjust to the local cuisine. I went from a bland diet at home to eating kimchi practically every day. What kinds of adjustments might other missionaries have to make?
 

Thursday, July 14, 2022

When life gives you crickets...

I struggled with deciding whether the contestants should be crickets or seagulls. Then it occurred to me that having both would certainly ratchet up the tension!
 

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

It's a multiplayer game

After I drew this, I realized that outside of an LDS audience, this cartoon wouldn't make any sense at all!
 

Monday, July 11, 2022

Sketchbook: On the wagon

As we enter in to Pioneer Day joke season, I like to remind myself that it wasn't all fun and games. It was serious stuff that set the saints on the road to Zion; these were real people facing difficult challenges, going forward with faith.


Friday, July 8, 2022

The heavens opened

There are few things less fun than camping in the rain. Pulling a handcart in the rain is one of them. 
 

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Some of our options have changed

It's summertime, so that means it's time for Young Women's Camp, Young Men's Camp (formerly known as Scout Camp), FSY and the Pioneer Trek! It's another busy summer!
 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Topping things off

OK, to be fair, it was more than just little kids teasing a bald guy that led to the bears devouring 42 people in Beth-El. They were mocking Elisha the prophet because he wasn’t as hairy as his predecessor Elijah. And they didn’t accept him as the prophet — and they had been warned! 



 

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The last word

Wouldn’t it be poetic justice if tonight all the dogs that were spooked by Fourth of July fireworks got together and started barking and howling? In my neighborhood they’d be going until one in the morning!
 

Monday, July 4, 2022

Sketchbook: Where can I turn for peace?

There are a lot of pet owners who dread the Fourth of July because the fireworks scare their animals. Be mindful of animals as you celebrate, and protect your pets if you've got 'em.

That's not a problem we've had with our pets. We had one dog who tried to fetch the lit fireworks — ground flowers were his favorite (he also liked to fetch golf balls). Our current dog is just as content to sleep through them. I guess that's one way to cope!

Have a safe and happy Fourth, wherever you are!

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Stadium of fire

You may say, what about Sodom and Gomorrah? There may have been fireworks, but only Lot's wife saw the show — and she was kind of salty about it!
 

Friday, July 1, 2022

Which prayer was that?

Out of all those critters, the most dangerous I ever encountered were the squirrels.
 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Bringing the heat

This is what happens when our stake's Girl's Camp coincides with our Come, Follow Me study of Elijah.

In my experience, Girl's Camp usually has great food. It's what is on the Young Men's menu you have to worry about!
 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

I loveth it!

I can't imagine that the menu Elijah had to choose from was great, but there was probably comfort in knowing that he'd get fed. 
 

Monday, June 27, 2022

Sketchbook: Special event planning

The ol' mission president has to put up with a lot of stuff. Joining a special event is one thing, creating anything that ends in -palooza is something else entirely.

But it might be interesting to see what the missionaries could come up with!

 

Friday, June 24, 2022

A voice from the dust, hissing and scratching forth

My son just discovered the joys of vinyl. I was willing to give him some of my old albums until he referred to them as ancient records!
 

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Knock your socks off

Sometimes a testimony can be so powerful it just hits you square in the spirit. And sometimes it knocks the couch over!
 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Think of it as an act of service

My guess is that LDS cartoonists often sit in sacrament meeting and think of worst case scenarios that could happen at the pulpit. The reigning champion of What Not to Say at the Pulpit has to be the Ward Cartoonist, Arie Van De Graaff.
 

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Head of the class

This makes me wonder — where do you think other prophets would have excelled in school? 

  • Adam: agricultural science. 
  • Noah: carpentry or animal husbandry.
  • Enoch: urban planning.
  • Jonah: marine science. 
  • Isaiah: poetry and literature. 
  • Malachi: meteorology. 

 

Monday, June 20, 2022

Sketchbook: Reflections

 

This is one of those times when the sketchbook is full of sketches, even if it's a day late. 

As I pondered Father's Day, I thought about my relationship with my own dad and with each of my kids. I found that I didn't have room to draw all the highlights, but here are just a few.

It's awesome to be a dad!

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head

We’ve had record-breaking amounts of rain this spring. It’s good for the water table, but a little challenging for the missionaries who are on foot. 
 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

This thought entered my head

Please indulge me while I whine about the woes of being a cartoonist. If you ever plan to travel, you have to either (a) plan and draw ahead, (b) fall back on reruns, or (c) make careful preparations so that you can do your work from the road.

I chose the latter option for my most recent trip, but even the backup plans seemed to go wrong. Here's what I didn't expect: just because a place says they have internet doesn't mean that it's reliable internet. Connectivity was a challenge.

Scanning is another challenge. It's one thing to pack a laptop; quite another to pack a scanner. There's the ol' scan-with-your-phone trick, but that's less effective when you can't get good lighting. You may not notice, but the perspective on this artwork is a little bit off. I had to shoot at a slight angle and make a few corrections in production. 

Anyway, I think I've got the bugs worked out and I can catch up on things. Thank you for your indulgence. Have a better day than mine (and it's actually pretty good)!