Category Archives: Art

“The Book”


Finley’s definition of a good book is in how good it tastes. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is one of his favourites and is a staple of pre-bedtime reading. It is also one of the creepiest books I’ve ever read, for reasons I could spend an entire post discussing. I’m still trying to get a handle on who “the old lady whispering ‘hush'” really is.

Today’s cartoon is cribbed from a throwaway gag in The Muppet Movie, arguably the best film of all time. Here’s the clip:

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“The Birth” (Finale)


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“The Birth” (Part 4)

LKB_TheBirthP3_Web The no-holds barred comics event of the year continues. and nothing going to stop Laura from getting that baby outta there! For those of you who’ve been following these past 20 hours, you already know that cartoon Laura and her real-life counterpart are both in labour at this exact instant! By the looks of things, we’re not far away from the big event! Next: A baby is born!

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Countdown to 100…

No new comic this week, as I’m busy prepping an extraordinary event to celebrate the 100th Laura Knows Best comic strip (among other things…). Hopefully things go as planned, for as far as I know, never has anything like this in the HISTORY of comics or blogging been attempted before. That said, I haven’t bothered to do much research on the topic, but I can’t imagine anyone else coming up with such a crazy plan. If you aren’t subscribing to this blog yet, you’re gonna miss out on THE comics event of our generation, so what are you waiting for? To tide you over, here are a few preview images of things to come…

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Stay tuned…


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Apologies for the late post this week – getting used to drawing on the tablet is taking more time than I thought! This is actually the first strip to be entirely digital courtesy of the Wacom Bamboo and Photoshop. Let me know what you think!

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“Murdered by Meatballs!”

LKB90_MurderedbyMeatballs_WebI had a lot of fun working on this strip, and I’ve got to give Marlon credit for developing the scenario to this week’s comic (in particular the valley of fallen food).

The look of and pacing of the strip was influenced by two cartoonists – one being the legendary Harvey Kurtzman, who wrote, drew and edited some of the most unique war comics during the 1950s, however, he is better known for his work in humour (particularly in creating MAD magazine!). Fantagraphics Books released a collection of these strips last year called The Corpse on The Imjin – it’s definitely worth a look if you haven’t already.  I’m also a big fan of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, and always enjoyed the Spaceman Spiff strips that placed readers within the imaginary world of Calvin’s mind.

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A Broken Pencil Review!

Whoa, I was not expecting this. After a lacklustre showing at the Portland Zine Symposium, I was wondering if there was much of a market for upbeat, humorous autobiographical comics free of angst and episodes of manic depression. Apparently there is.

This month’s issue of broken pencila Canadian magazine of “zine culture and the independent arts,” features a stunning review of Laura Knows Best: The Wedding, a collection of strips that appeared last year on this very site! (Click below to zoom in).


This was an unexpected and humbling surprise, and I can’t thank broken pencil enough for validating the work I’ve put into these strips. I also loved the fact that the reviewer considered the “Captain BJ” strip a highlight (deservedly so!).

broken pencil also organizes the popular Canzine in Toronto and Canzine West in Vancouver on November 10, where I’ll be appearing once again this year. There was such a variety of works at last year’s festival in Vancouver, that there’s bound to be something for everyone. So mark your calendars now!

I’ll take this moment to cash in on my fifteen minutes of fame to plug my Etsy shop, where all 3 Laura Knows Best mini-comics are on sale for cheap! The link is also available on my ‘About’ page for your convenience!


(Or if you live in the Vancouver area, you can check out Laura Knows Best: The Wedding from the Central Branch!)


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LKB86_TheProminence_WebPhew! What a month this has been. I was intent on getting this out before the end of the month, so basically the only things yet to be  packed up in our apartment are my scanner and this computer. We move out tomorrow and I’m looking forward to a less claustrophobic space…that will soon be filled with lots of baby stuff. I’m wondering if having this baby was yet another ploy by Laura to prevent me from finding space to display my Muppet Show collection.


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“The Bump”

LKB84_TheBump_WebAt least that’s the way it seemed to happen. One day it wasn’t there, the next day it was!

I’m really looking forward to this coming weekend (May 25/26) as I’ll be exhibiting at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF for short). If it’s anything like last year (which I’m quite certain it will be), there will a tremendous amount of talent present to showcase their work. The diversity of artists/creators guarantees that there’ll be something for everybody, so if you’re in the area, come by and check it out. Best of all, it’s free! More details can be found at



Lastly, posts over the next few weeks are likely to sporadic, as I’ve just begun two Master’s courses, crunch time approaches at work, and we’re set to move at the end of June. So if you’re wondering where I am, rest assured I’m probably having no fun at all. I’m hoping to get a few strips cranked out in that time, just not at the same regularity. Hopefully all will be back to normal by the end of June!


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“Mother’s Day”



Laura was certainly not expecting anything for Mother’s Day, and she would not have given it another thought if I hadn’t given her any flowers. That said, I banked some serious points today, that is until she read this comic.

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