What’s in a few names

Origins of some names in the strip, some well known and some not: 1. Phoebe is named for Phoebe Caulfield, the protagonist’s younger sister in J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye.” 2. Phoebe’s last name, Howell, is in honor of Jimmy Howell, the kid across the street who was my best friend in preschool. 3. Phoebe’s middle name, Grizelda,… Read more →

Coming back to Olympia!

I love Olympia Washington (a town a character on “Bojack Horseman” recently described as “B-plus”; he is wrong). It’s where I attended college (I’m a graduate of The Evergreen State College, a school that seems to produce a lot of cartoonists), and thus where I lived for several years in my late teens and twenties. (Which is starting to be… Read more →

Nothing’s the matter with Kansas

After I mentioned former Treasury Secretary (and Kansan, apparently) Georgia Neese Clark in Saturday’s strip, I was contacted by the Kansas Historical Society, the curator of which had this to say: Good afternoon! I am the Museum Curator for the Kansas Historical Society, and a reader of comic strips and editorial cartoons, often looking for Kansas references that may turn… Read more →

Dream of Unicornication

I guess People who aren’t stalking me have not noticed, but I have in fact moved south, down to California. (New address is on my info page.) Living in Southern California has been something I’ve fondly imagined since I was a kid, in my native beautiful-but-rainy Seattle. And recently it happened, when my husband accepted a job at the University… Read more →