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Today’s Jane’s World comic:

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I just had to share a small bit of backstory on this one. We haven’t been having flooding in California lately. Unfortunately, just the opposite. It is extremely dry here. So that part of the comic isn’t based in reality, but the disaster element, and the DMV are. My wife was away one week in May, so of course I promptly went out with a pal of mine to see a science fiction movie and then for BBQ afterward. It was only a short time later that I realized something was horribly wrong with that bit of pulled pork I’d eaten. I suffered twenty-four hours of food poisoning and was just beginning to feel better when my tiny dog, Buddy Barker, cornered a skunk in the yard and got sprayed. Having only just recovered from being deathly ill, skunk smell was not helping with my recovering. The next morning, as I was getting packed to travel the following day I realized my driver’s license had expired. Gah! I had no choice but to cold call the DMV for a replacement because I needed a rental car when I arrived at my destination. (It only took five hours in line.) Are you keeping count? I suffered food poisoning, getting skunked, AND the Department of Motor Vehicles all in one week.

I’m not sure which is more zany sometimes, Jane’s World, or mine.

Happy Friday.

 

Love Letters to Jane’s World!

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Hi there friends… The Jane’s World anthology is almost here. And by here, I mean, printed… for real… an actual 300 page collection of hilarity and hijinks. If you’d like to know more about the book, or just want a link to purchase one, my awesome publisher, Lion Forge has set up this handy landing page with all the info you need. Check it out: bit.ly/JaneWithLove

I’ll be posting info in a few weeks about where I’ll be during NYC Comic con. I hope to see you there. Cheers!

A Love Letter to Jane

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I’m currently working on gathering material together for a twenty year retrospective of Jane’s World. Yes, twenty years! The anthology will be published by Lion Forge and is due for release just in time for New York Comic Con in October. I’ll share more news as the release date gets closer. The working title is “A Love Letter to Jane.”

More Thoughts…

jw180131UN-fan mail: So I did this post yesterday about hate mail… but “hate” is such an ugly thing, that the headline started to bother my wife, and me… and well, we don’t need more of that word out in the world, especially on social media. So I edited the original post slightly. But the gist of it is the same, the celebration of UN-fan mail. It’s important to come to terms with negative comments, especially as a creative person. It’s important to be able to tell the difference between genuine constructive feedback… (Like, Terry Moore once commented that he liked it when Jane’s World focused on humor, and I listened. Because there was this moment where I got a little more serious and dark.)… and just over-the-top negativity that in all likelihood has nothing to do with a comic strip or you. I’m sure when I first got some of these messages they upset me, but now, over a decade later, looking back at them, they just sound ridiculous. They actually made me laugh out loud yesterday. So, here’s to UN-fan mail and how it can inspire all of us to speak our truth and not give up. Jane’s goal, and mine, has always been to put something good out into the world. That’s not gonna stop because of a few bits of negativity… but still, it’s worth sharing the bad with the good. It helps keep everything in perspective.

I’m convinced that regardless of the negativity we see every day on social media, that people still ultimately care about each other. And that this divisive political season will pass, eventually. I am, after all, catastrophically optimistic. And in the meantime, we still have coffee… and glazed donuts. It’s important to find joy in the simple things.