this is the first picture I put on my website. yesterday at home school I got bored while my Dad was grading my paper, and so I drew this. I called it the swirly whirly.


Mabel wanted to draw Jungle Book characters back and forth this morning. I agreed, and here’s the finished product.jungle book

Mabel’s Fables is a storybook that has been in the works for three and a half years. It is a compilation of many classic fairy tales, and some originals, told by Mabel Monday from the age of three and a half to seven. We printed a short run and it will be released this Sunday, February twenty first at Jackie O’s taproom! 48 pages. full color. $10.00Mabfabcover(front)


I was teaching Mabel some Photoshop techniques today and we ended up collaborating on a cool ballet collage. She learned a lot, and most of this image was created with her choices, she was able to exploit some of my skills to make it happen, but learned many herself that took me years to get to!


2013beauty&beasta2013beauty&beastbLast year Mabel and I made a bunch of fairy tale comics together. I thought it would be fun to do the same ones once every tear with Mabel to see the changes as we go on. (For as long as she wants to do them anyway.) So this is Beauty and the Beast because this is the one we did first last time.Coming up next is Cinderella.



Mabel wanted to draw some frames because of seeing me draw some frames up for a comic version of an interview I conducted with her. She drew one frame and then proceeded to “action draw” while narrating. She was drawing the tornado from the Wizard of Oz and playing the roles of the characters involved. When I asked her what she wanted to name this she said, “Tornado I guess.”

This is Mabel’s first original comic. She also drew the frames. (With pencil and I traced them.) Then she painted, then she came up with the story and I wrote her words and here it is!


Mabel was drawing this morning with a little pencil and was mostly just scribbling. When she made the zig-zaggy line in the upper left she noticed an “M” within it. then she drew a line through the next peak to make an “A”. Since these are the first two letters of her name I asked if she could make a “B”. So she drew the “B”. Then I asked for an”E” and she made that too! Finally an “L” and she made it with ease. The backing lines on the “B” and “E” are obviously longer than they should be, but this is the first time that Mabel has drawn the letters of her name consecutively without me drawing each letter first! WOO!!!

Today Mabel and I went to a friend’s house to try and remove some snakes from the basement, but they had all gone. Mabel was excited to see the snakes so after we left they’re house  having seen no snakes, she decided to draw some. The pink markings are one of the snakes, the little orange squiggle in the bottom left region is a baby snake. the orange spirals are their homes and the vertical orange lines are the snakes moving into their homes.

Here is Mabel on top of just some of the boxes of copies of “Drink More Water” that are now in our house!!!

I drew these frames and Mabel drew the images and wrote the comic as she went along. In the to right frame there is an M and an A. After Mabel drew that she excitedly declared, “Hey that’s my name!”

I was originally planning to ink her drawings, but I thought the comic might lose it’s charm so I left it pencilled, and uninked.

Mabel drew this for our awesome mechanic Chip. She is quite fond of him and asks about him pretty regularly. Whenever someone mentions their car being messed up she often asks if their car is at Chip’s. Mabel’s Mom’s mechanic is named Skip, and she likes to bring up Chip and Skip whenever she thinks to…. We’re going to see Chip today and Mabel will give him this drawing. Chip seems to like Mabel too.