February 13, 2005


In my last post I mentioned that my comic panel contract was renewed for three more years. When I got the paperwork I was surprised to find that it's not three, but FIVE more years. It's nice to know that I'll be in the comic biz for the foreseeable future. I really enjoy working on it. Samples are on the "Syndicated Comic" page.

The 25th Anniversary of the Eruption of Mount St. Helens Map is posted now, on the "Fun Maps" page. Let me know if you want to order one, or one hundred. Better yet, visit Mount St. Helens on May 18th this spring to help them celebrate, then buy our map in the visitors center. Tell Ben I sent you.

Scroll down to the bottom of the Fun Maps page to read my Mount St. Helens: Adventures in Mapland photo feature. I gives you a behind the scenes look at what I go through when I'm out on a map safari.

While you're there, check out the pix of our whirlwind trip from Seattle to New York and back with two vanloads of fun hungry tourists. Thirteen long never-to-be-forgotten days with my white-knuckled hands glued to the wheel, chasing my lead foot cousin down the turnpike. With a good screenplay, the trip could be spun off into a hit Mad, Mad comedy movie. The part of me would be played by Steve Martin. What? You think I'm being presumptuous? Then check out the resemblance. That's me...the buff dude in the leather jacket on the red bus in Manhattan.

What? You've never heard of Pho? (pronounced fuh) Then check out the world famous, award-winning Jones Brothers' web site at www.brotherjones.com. Click on "Doug", then "Pho". Then drive on into downtown wherever-you-live and try a bowl. My cartoon pal Doug Jones even provided you with a photograph of a bowl of pho so you'll have a better idea of what you're getting yourself into. And take Doug's advice: Order the beef brisket soup, NOT the meat ball soup. And let me know what you think.

The reviews are still pouring in for our bestseller books, Where's Dan Quayle?, and Where's Charles and Di?. Ida Mason says: "Of all the 'Where's Waldo' books I've seen, this is the cutest. I loved it!" Another: "A true collectible." Can you find Dan Quayle? Or Charles and Di? Look for them in the "Portfolio" section. While you're there, check out the photograph of me with Dan Quayle and read the incredible story of how I met him.

I just finished illustrating yet another TLC book. I do two or three every year. I'm up to about 30 now, give or take. This was a fun one. It was the most well written book about how to write that I've come across. My zany drawings made the book look more fun. I'll finish the second one in a month or so.

That's it for now. There's much more to come. Check back soon for more fun stuff from the outer edge of my ever-expanding Cartooniverse.


posted by Bron Smith at 4:07 PM

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