February 04, 2007


Just a note to let you know that this week I was invited to joint the Picture Bookies blog ring. I happily accepted and I'm now an official member of this elite group. Check it out at www.picture-bookies.com. If you check out the site you'll note that, at this writing, there are still a couple formalities to nail down...get a picture of myself to them, and complete an interview. I hope to get that nailed down ASAP.

Also, last week I was honored with a most coveted award...the Blue Mug. I never thought it would happen to me, but it did. I've read about people who've received the Blue Mug, but never thought I would actually own one. But I do now.

As some of you may know, I don't do a lot of work in my studio. I used to, but after many years I started thinking: "What's keeping me here in my studio? Nothing. I don't have a boss. That means I can go wherever I want to work. So I started going to parks, beaches, mall food courts, libraries, anywhere that struck my fancy. Now I've narrowed it down to a handful of local haunts. So all of my Health Capsules comic panel is written and drawn outside my office. Ditto for my blog, the Trowbridge Chronicles, except for the color part. I still color in Photoshop in my office. All of my cartoon maps are drawn outside the studio, and so on, and so on.

Back to the Blue Mug. So Last week I'm at one of my favorite afternoon haunts, a corner window seat at McDonald's, where a large part of my drawing and writing takes place. It has only cost me 75 cents to rent a seat for the whole afternoon (the cost of iced tea) at McDonald's. Cheap rent, so I go there a lot. But now I can go to McDonald's and stay there all afternoon RENT FREE! Yes, because of that blue mug they gave me, I can now go to McDonald's and drink all the tea I want (while I work) for FREE! And that's not for a month or a year...it's for LIFE!

They told me that I was one of only two regular customers that received a McDonald's mug. I was so appreciative of their generous gesture that I made a certificate for them, and I thought I would also give them a plug on my web site. This is the plug. Thank you, Terrill, Colleen, Jesse, and all of the other people who keep me in tea at McDonalds.

posted by Bron Smith at 7:59 AM

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