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When Baby New Year Arrives, Diaper Full

When Baby New Year Arrives, Diaper Full

Yes, it’s gross. It’s disgusting. But in my heart I am still an 8th-grade boy. Plus, it feels like an accurate picture of every New Year when it arrives. Sure, it’s innocent and brand new. But it is already loaded with hopes, dreams, and expectations. This is one diaper I never intend to change. I...
Original Christmas Card #16: What Child Is This? (Seriously?)

Original Christmas Card #16: What Child Is This? (Seriously?)

Original Christmas Card #15: Silent Night, Holey Knight

Original Christmas Card #15: Silent Night, Holey Knight

Original Christmas Card #14: And Heav’n and Nature Sing… a Horrible, Horrible Song.

Original Christmas Card #14: And Heav’n and Nature Sing… a Horrible, Horrible Song.

Like the “Rudolph the Middle-Aged Reindeer” drawing from Monday, this doodle was drawn by Mr. Mark Montgomery of Springfield, MO. I sent him the idea, simply saying “I want a cartoon where Heaven and nature sing – like in ‘Joy to the World’ – but they’re singing the worst song of all time: Smash Mouth’s...
Original Christmas Card #13: Chainsaw Santa Claus

Original Christmas Card #13: Chainsaw Santa Claus

When I created this card in 2008, it officially became my most talked-about holiday visual.  The most common comment was, “What does ‘FRAKKA!’ mean?” I’m pretty sure “FRAKKA!” is simply the sound of the chainsaw cutting through Santa’s bones. Aren’t you glad you asked? And do you? Do you hear what I hear?
Original Christmas Card #12 + “Three Christmas Trees” Essay by Elizabeth Kanost

Original Christmas Card #12 + “Three Christmas Trees” Essay by Elizabeth Kanost

My friend Elizabeth wrote three short essays about Christmas trees, and I really enjoyed reading them.  I asked her if I might post them on my blog and she consented.  That being said, enjoy today’s guest contribution from fellow Kansan Elizabeth Kanost.  Heartfelt, homespun stuff for the holidays.  Sit down with a tall glass of...
Original Christmas Card #11: Rudolph, the Slightly-Less Red-Nosed, Middle-Aged Reindeer

Original Christmas Card #11: Rudolph, the Slightly-Less Red-Nosed, Middle-Aged Reindeer

Last week I sent an email to my old Springfield, MO friend Mark Montgomery and gave him an idea for a Christmas card. He proceeded to illustrate it.  I captioned it.  The result is below. See Mark’s work at http://www.markamontgomery.com/. Have yourself a merry, decrepit Christmas! 🙂
Original Christmas Card #10: I’m Dreaming of a Plaid Christmas

Original Christmas Card #10: I’m Dreaming of a Plaid Christmas

Original Christmas Card #9: Christmas for Skeptics

Original Christmas Card #9: Christmas for Skeptics

Original Christmas Card #8: The Microscopic Drummer Boy

Original Christmas Card #8: The Microscopic Drummer Boy

This is the first time this week I have felt healthy enough to create something. Mostly, I have felt utterly crummy. My vocal chords have been caked with phlegm much as mountains are caked with snow. The resolution of this card may or may not be what I want, but I am no techno-wizard. I...
Original Christmas Card #7: Away on a Futon, No Crib for a Bed...

Original Christmas Card #7: Away on a Futon, No Crib for a Bed…

Original Christmas Card #6: Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Sort of).

Original Christmas Card #6: Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Sort of).

Once again, dark comedy prevails. Medium: Whiteout pen on black cardstock. I have a cold.  Noticed my throat was starting to get sore last night, and then came the drainage.  The wife has been sick for a week now, and I finally picked up her sickness. “In sickness and in health…” We promised to be...