August 29, 2006



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It's been too long! I've been up to my eyeballs with my other web sites and it's been hard to keep all the balls in the air. There's lots to talk about...

If you're a school principal, you'll want to click on "School Programs". You might also want to look at some of the stories that I've written and illustrated for Focus on the Family's Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. Just click on "Huckleberry Hollow". Click on "Portfolio" to see more of my illustration projects for books and magazines.

Special thanks to Sheri Schoenrock, Julie Schmitke, the teachers and kids at New Life Church in Renton, Washington, for being such fine hosts. I had a great time there over the last two days, October 4 and 5, as their chapel speaker, after which I gave classroom workshops. Thanks for helping me with book sales after school, Julie.

For starters, I'm now eight months out with my story blog, The Trowbridge Chronicles It's been a lot of work, requiring most of my free time, but at the same time it's been fun to watch it grow and gain new fans. I'm now in the process of promoting it to publishers, with the idea of spinning it off into a book. I'll keep you posted on progress.

It seems like I'm collecting web sites. I have a brand new one: Now when you click on "fun maps" from here it will take you to my cartoon maps web site, which is devoted entirely to that segment of my work. The cartoon maps are so much a part of my business that we felt it was time to break it off and create a separate place for it.

We recently released a new map for Linn County, Oregon. Click on "Fun Maps". While you're there, read about my hair-raising episode with a pit bull terrier while I was in Oregon. It's on the accompanying Adventures in Mapland for Linn County, Oregon.

Upcoming map projects include: Mason County, Washington, due for release in a couple weeks, give or take. Also, we will soon be working with a new sales rep in the Atlanta, Georgia area. We look forward to expanding further, and hope to soon be coming to a state or town near you.

Special thanks to the fine folks at New Life Church in Renton, Washington. I was there recently for all three of their morning services, back to back. It was the first time that I had ever done a giant caricature of Jesus on stage...quite an experience.

Special thanks to Gary and the gang at the 2006 Northwest Christian Education Conference. We've lost track of how many years I've been there doing my Cartooning for Teachers workshops with my giant easel. It's the longest running workshop in the conference...something over 20 years, but who's counting? If you would like more information about bringing my cartooning workshop to your church, school, camp, or conference, please contact me. Learn more by clicking on "School Visits".

In case you were wondering, which you probably weren't, I have yet to make my appearance on TLC's new reality show, "Honey, We're Killing the Kids!". We've had about three false alarms, and counting. The last one was yesterday. Now I'm told it's supposed to air sometime this fall, with next season's shows. Why we got bumped into next season I don't's none of my business. So if you see a guy that mildly resembles Brad Pitt on the show, and he's drawing cartoons on a big easel, it's probably me.

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


posted by Bron Smith at 10:15 PM

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