Sketch Diary


October 1st, 2008


Yesterday I paid a visit to my publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in Boston, and got to meet these two guys who work on the American Heritage Dictionary. Read the rest of this entry »

Compulsory Reading

June 25th, 2008

index 2 FINAL

Okay, I feel bad for Ellen O and anyone else who was out combing th’ convenience store aisles for Entertainment Weekly. I got the go-ahead to post this essay I just did for their 1000th issue. I forgot to mention the best part–my memoir Fun Home is number 68 on their list of “new classic” books from the past 25 years. Read the rest of this entry »

out of wedlock

May 16th, 2008

wedding detail

With all this fuss about the California Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage, I can’t help but reminisce about my own marriage in San Francisco four years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

winds of change

May 10th, 2008

In amidst the recent strands about Bob Dylan’s and Joan Baez’s relationship, knitting and drinking, the etymology of “shambolic,” and self-inflicted haircuts, there’s been an insistent thread about fan-fic. As well as actual submissions of it–another one just in, see below. Read the rest of this entry »

well I’ll be damned

May 8th, 2008

mothersdayDTWOF closeup

People took the substitute cartoonist thing very seriously! Here’s an amazing submission by Iara. She revived Raffi’s old daycare provider, who appeared once, in 1997, and aged her perfectly! Read the rest of this entry »

photo-cartoon contest under construction

January 3rd, 2008


Remember how I was going to make a cartoon from the photos you submitted? This isn’t the real cartoon, it’s just one I started playing around with because I received such a surfeit of Moes. But this Read the rest of this entry »

sketch diary 12/10/07

December 11th, 2007

improv detail

I’m visiting my mom, so don’t have proper drawing equipment with me. Or a scanner. Or, as close readers of this blog may recall, the cable for uploading photos from my camera to my computer. But I felt compelled to share with you a Read the rest of this entry »

fumetti frenzy

November 21st, 2007

I don’t know if anyone will really be interested in this, or if I’ll have the time to deal with it. But I just had a thought about another contest-type activity.

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