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Throwback Thursday – April 10, 2014

Years ago, my friend named his son Augustin Bear, so I made this in his honor.

An early cover design based on Beatles Help! album cover.

my first check from Fantagraphics Books: publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists. (Remember that next time you need to address something to me.) Also . . . my last check from Fantagraphics.

The cover of the first My Life in Records mini comic.

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The Story Behind the Story

Even though the Winter of 2014 was brutally cold here in the Midwest, the Winter of 2013 was much harder for me.

You see, I am not a full time artist.  I am primarily an elementary art teacher and the 2012-2013 school year was one of the most difficult of my career.

I had been teaching art out of a small half-sized room for 8 years when I was asked to empty my room and teach “art-on-a-cart” in the classrooms to make room for a new Kindergarten class that was being added to the building.

I was demoralized. There had been talk of an addition being built onto the school and I was promised a full sized room to replace my tiny quarters.  I had begun gathering resources and dreaming of what I could do in a larger workspace.  Now, with the addition two years off, I was left with no classroom at all.

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