Author: Dave

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...

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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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Cartooning Videos for KIDS!

Calling all kids ages 7 and up who enjoy drawing and making comics!  I recently worked with the great folks at Professor Garfield to produce a series of videos called KIDS MAKE COMICS!  The topics for each video come from my school programs, where I teach students in elementary schools how to make their own comics.   Currently there are 5 videos, but I have plans for more!  You will also find downloadable activity sheets and comic templates that you can then print at home.  Professor Garfield has 2 websites, where you can see the videos. is a Flash site;...

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Another Great School Year!

It’s so nice to receive thank you letters, drawings and comics from the students I’ve taught.  Seen in the picture above are hundreds of handcrafted letters of appreciation!  This has been a very rewarding year for Hamster Sam and me with school visits, and it’s hard to believe that it’s over and summer is here.  Through my assembly programs and comics residencies, I estimate that I have worked with close to 4,000 students this past school year. It is heartwarming and oftentimes amusing to read what these kids have to say.  Or ask.  It’s the same thing during my school visits; students occasionaly come up...

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