Author: Dave

Goodbye and Hello!

Change is good, right?  That’s what they say, anyway- and I’m going to go with it, because it’s happening regardless!  Soon, the place we’ve called “home” for 23 years will change.  We raised our kids here and it’s been wonderful- but soon we’ll say goodbye to Fort Mill, SC and hello to Charleston, SC, where my wife has taken a new job.  Our oldest daughter graduated from the College of Charleston, so it’s not completely unfamiliar territory.  My wife and I look forward to low country living as we face the excitement of the unknown. Personally, I am going...

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Merry Christmas!

During this season of both thanks and giving, I’d like to say a big “thank you” and Merry Christmas to the many school teachers, librarians, cultural arts representatives, elementary school staffs and corporate clients with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the past year! Here’s just one example of the joy I receive when working on projects associated with kids.  I recently created a Christmas coloring page for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. to use at their many Explorer’s Christmas Project outreach events.  I attended one such event, the “Eggnog Jog” at the Charlotte Motor Speedway- and was gifted my own “Officer Blue” coloring page, colored nicely by a very young artist named Khylen!    I always enjoy the gift of art!  Officer Blue is the CMPD’s mascot and is utilized for educational events organized through the community services division.  I was fortunate enough to have designed the costume character version of Officer Blue a few years back for the awesome Grey Seal Puppets company, who fabricated the costume.  2017 also saw me complete a 24-page story and activity book for the CMPD, focused on bullying and safety for children, which they distribute throughout CMS schools and at community events.  I am happy to be a part of this educational initiative and for the opportunity to continue working with 2 great clients, the CMPD and Grey Seal...

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A big Thumbs Up!

The Bad Guys, by Aaron Blabey Scholastic 138 pages From Aussie author Aaron Blabey, The Bad Guys follows an unusual group of 4 critters on a misguided mission to do…good! Mr. Wolf is tired of always being portrayed as the “bad guy” in stories, so he summons 3 others who fall into the same category; a snake, shark and piranha, to form ‘The Good Guys Club’. At 138 pages, young readers (2nd graders) and especially struggling readers will feel good about finishing a ‘big book’, though it is an easy read; word count is low. Black and white illustrations...

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Something’s different around here!

It looks like the Stupid Evil Cat is baffled as to what is going on here! He’s scratching his head over the new look to the website, with the focus now on my blog. This has been a long time coming, and it means that I will try and share more news related to my freelance work as well as my school programs, events and appearances. My good friend and editor Janna Morishima has been (kindly) cracking the whip for a long time; trying to get me to blog more frequently, due to the increase in showing up in searches and such. So, time to kick it up a notch! I’ll try and be brief with my posts- nobody wants to read a bunch of wordy nonsense now, do they? I have been working on a really cool project for a client recently that I can’t wait to show off- I promise to share news and images...

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Catching up with cartooning friends!

Pictured with me is Emma, my young cartoonist friend from Harris Creek Elementary School in Raleigh, NC.  She came up to me to say hello recently at the United Arts Council of Wake County’s artist conference.  Emma is an enthusiastic student who participated in one of my Kids Make Comics! residency programs last year, but it gets better than that.  You see- Emma goes to a year-round school; a schedule that has her in class for several weeks, then out on break for a couple…year round.  It so happened that my residency at her school was scheduled during a week that...

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