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A Wee Announcement

Not many of my comics are autobiographical — I’d be very afraid, if they were — but a few do indeed comprise a category that might be called “verbatim transcripts of conversations with my wife.”

Are a few that I recall just off the top of my head. And, most recently, this week’s comic, #1269.

Indeed! We’re having a baby! In May! This doesn’t really affect you much, but I just wanted to share this cool image we made (my wife makes puppets for the TV show Robot Chicken):

this is scientifically accurate

Haven’t decided on a name for our baby boy yet, but I think “Quaid” is totally in the running.

FIRST LOOK: Wondermark Calendar, YEAR X

HOW FANCY.

Coming soon: it’s our landmark TENTH YEAR of the Wondermark Calendar. This one’s going to be pretty special, because I have a workshop now, and I like to make things. (Although the design above is not quite final.)

I think a warning is fair: Patreon subscribers will get the very first crack at them, a day or two before everyone else. We have sold out of our limited runs every single year the calendar has been offered.

This year’s calendar won’t be a story, like the last two years — it’ll be more similar to the Gaxian Almanac (2013) or the Roll-a-Sketch Yearbook (2014), a collection of character vignettes.

It was going to be kind of dark, like it has been more years than not, but after the tumult of last week in the news, I scrapped my existing plan and started over.

Instead, it’s going to be silly. You’re going to enjoy having it on your desk for a year. The goal is for it to bring a smile to your face whenever you look at it.

More information coming soon!!

THIS SUNDAY: National Cartoonist Society Art Auction in L.A.

SO MUCH SMALL TEXT

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I know it’s short notice BUT: this very Sunday, November 13, at the very swanky and celebrated home of late cartoonist Mell Lazarus, will be a fundraiser art auction hosted by the Los Angeles chapter of the National Cartoonist Society (of which I am a member).

The auction will be hosted by cartoonist Dan Piraro (of “Bizarro”) and there’s going to be a lot of cool animation and cartoon art for sale, from comics and cartoons and animation — including some from Disney productions and The Simpsons.

I’ll be there too, lurking in the corner or whatever!

You can see some of the featured artwork to be auctioned at the NCSLA website here.

And if you’re an L.A. local who’s active in comics, animation, or the arts, this event — or our other, monthly NCSLA meetings — are great opportunities to meet local artists and trade tips and all that kind of network-y stuff.

Email me (dave at wondermark dot com) or leave a comment on this post if you want me to forward you info about the next NCSLA meeting! They’re usually in Hollywood, on a weekend evening.

Here’s my Election Day Bingo Card

I suspect we'll see 25 for 25 before 6pm Eastern

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Here’s where to verify the location of your polling place. You don’t need me to remind you, but just for that one dude who forgot, please go vote, Jeremy.

Here’s some Wondermark comics about voting from years past:

Participants in Democracy
In which Progress looks likely
In which Politics exhilarate
In which a Dog wants a Sticker
In which it’s All Over

…And a palate-cleanser about Daylight Savings:
In which the Time changes

 

Fiction: Dispatches from the Mirror Universe

Ack!

 

I got to thinking about how dispiriting it must be to be a principled Republican right now, forced to choose between a candidate you can’t comprehend supporting (Clinton) and a candidate who is a total sleazebag maniac.

And I think people who support Clinton might just have easily been the target of Trump (or someone like him) ginning us up and telling us whatever we wanted to hear. We are not so smart that we would never possibly fall for it, and we would happily rationalize away all their flaws.

And I marvel about the place we’re in as a nation where Clinton is so hated that she could even lose to TRUMP, I mean c’mon, and also Trump is such a trashfire that he might even lose to CLINTON, hated as she is.

So I wrote a news report from an alternate universe where Trump decided he wanted to be a Democrat instead, and principled liberals were faced with the choice of either buying into his sales pitch despite his manifest terribleness; or voting against him, which would mean reconciling themselves to the prospect of voting for someone they loathed — his opponent, Dick Cheney.

Now, I think Democrats had something like a promise-the-moon candidate in Sanders, and clearly that didn’t work out. I’d also like to think that Democrats would be less accepting of abhorrent personal behavior than Trump’s ardent supporters seem to be.

The point of this piece isn’t quite “Trump could have fooled Democrats instead, had he chosen to.” The point is to try and give Hillary supporters a visceral way to feel what many conservatives are feeling right now:

“Imagine what it must be like to have to choose between someone your party canonically hates, and Donald Trump.”

Read the whole piece on Medium:

DISPATCHES FROM THE MIRROR UNIVERSE: Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat Donald Trump each remain the only presidential candidates that could possibly lose to the other