I’d just been declared a Star Volunteer at the Cartoon Art Museum. It was not very hard to achieve Star Volunteer status. The museum gave me a Gahan Wilson print and a nice card.
Andrew really was hard at work on the grand reopening, so it was extremely cruel to make him draw most of this strip. I like the panel where he’s fighting a bear. The show on display in the backgrounds of this strip, incidentally, is “Bone Fragments: The Art of Jeff Smith.”
Hey, it’s my birthday today! My THIRTIETH birthday! In celebration, I’m posting the latest gerbil photo from James Rice. I know James has provided some killer gerbil photos in the past: his gerbil Speedy has gone hang-gliding, spelunking and deep-sea diving, has visited the Arctic Circle and our troops in Iraq, and has broken multiple land and air speed records. Nonetheless, I feel confident in declaring this the ultimate gerbil photo:
Oh, yes. This happened.
James explains: “I was at a party Saturday night, at Caltech, and the host of the party is a friend of Stephen Hawking. Stephen was in town for his annual talk at Caltech, and while here, he does a single guest class lecture, (at the cooking class) . Several of us were invited to ‘crash’ the class last night to meet him. I actually needed to stay at my regular meeting, so I didn’t go over, but my brother did, and took Speedy. I thought you’d get a kick out of that.”
I’m the luckiest 30-year-old girl in the world.