Cartoon: Pet Fire Ants

cartoon of a boy complaining he can't find pet fire ants

Cartoon of a boy saying, “A big store like this and they don’t sell pet fire ants?”

The customer isn’t always right. I can’t imagine anyone wanting fire ants for pets. But stranger things have been claimed as pets, haven’t they?

I got this idea when my family drove by the Fire Ant Festival in Ashburn, Georgia. We were on our way to Florida, when we accidentally stumbled into this festival. I was relieved to find out pet fire ants weren’t for sale.


Cartoon: Hacking Pet

Cartoon of a boy scolding a dog on a computer

Cartoon of a boy scolding his talented dog. The caption reads, “Skippy! Bad dog! There is no hacking in this house!”

I’ve come to the conclusion a dog’s main talent is hacking. My dog is a good hacker. She isn’t a computer hacker, but she is a very vocal hacker nonetheless.

When I heard Illustration Friday’s word was “talent, I thought of my talented dog.

Cartoon: Bring your papers

Cartoon of dog in airport. Guard says, “I’m sorry, sir! But even if you are a mongrel, I must see your papers.”

This is a classic cartoon I did back in 1996 for the sixth edition of the “New Rider’s Internet Yellow Pages.”
Security is much more advanced (hopefully) since I penned this cartoon. At least the equipment looks more like something out of Star Trek. I wish they worked like the transporter instead of just beeping angrily at me when I leave my cell phone on my person!

New Rider’s Publishing and me own the copyright to this image. Please do not use without permission.

Cartoon: Bird on a Roof

Cartoon of a bird nesting on a pastor's headCartoon of a pastor with a bird on his head. The pastor says, “Some of you may have noticed the roof needs fixed.”

I drew this for the February, 2013, Church of God e-newsletter.

Great Heights

Cartoon of a girl scolding a kitten. She says, "Come down from there! Are you trying to get yourself killed?"

Cartoon of a girl scolding a kitten. She says, “Come down from there! Are you trying to get yourself killed?”

Heights and obstacles are a matter of perspective, aren’t they? Whenever a child is convinced an obstacle is just too much for them, I need to remember it really does look as big to them as they imagine it. Part of the challenge is to convince a student they can overcome an obstacle without belittling or minimizing their fear.

How do you get a child to overcome an an obstacle in a respectful, encouraging way? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I drew this for Illustration Friday. This week’s word is “heights.”