Monday, December 27, 2010

That beard tickles!

Warren had a long naughty-or-nice conversation with Santa this year. It all turned out okay but next year he plans to bring a lawyer with him.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Super fan Parker

When two year old Parker's grandma told us she demands to see video of "talking dog" every day it meant we needed to travel out to Jenner to catch up with her while she was visiting from Seattle. She and Warren Peace (AKA Talking Dog) had a great time together. She even gave Warren two sticky stars on his nose. What more do you want?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Summer's farewell

The soft light of morning in the trees is a real gift and helps assuage the knowledge that the last of the warm weather is upon us. Soon the rains will come.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Oy Story 3

Help! Robin and I are being held captive at your local toy store. Please go purchase us and set us free. Meanwhile, prior to being kidnapped at Pixar today (where I'd taken a 9-year-old cartooning student to meet his future employers), Dawson and I sat down to ponder what we're both going to do when we grow up.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Doggie Dad for a Day

With his mom away I took Timmy (from down the street) to the dog park today. To say he had an hour of fun is to revel in gross understatement. Some day I hope the dogs all stand around chatting and the people spend an hour chasing each other through mud puddles.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dark Star cartoon review

Yesterday I met Mark Monlux, a cartoonist who does cartoon reviews of obscure films (such as Dark Star). His book is a lot of fun, touching on many a film I've never heard of. He also does an online series with his STICKMAN character. You can download a template from his site and contribute your own Stickman comic which he distributes in cyberspace.  Several of my contributions live on in his archives. Check out

Saturday, October 09, 2010

A new friend

Baba Monkey is happy to report he has a new friend. Roberto showed up at a yard sale today and I quickly filled out the appropriate simian adoption papers. Now the two of them are over in the corner plotting God knows what. (As if I didn't have enough monkeys running around in my mind!)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Morning ritual

My morning ritual, which includes full-canine-immersion,  was captured on the cover of the local paper this week (The Community Voice) with this photo. Last week's paper had a lengthy article about me, as well as my buddy Cassie (seen here nibbling from my hand), and the fact that my photo of her won a Hallmark greeting card contest. The reporter was so impressed by the joyful canine scene at the park that they came back and did a whole story on our Best Friends Canine Club. This morning, typically, I was assaulted for no less than four tummy rubs moments after I came through the gate. They have me well trained.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Simmering Man

I've never been to Burning Man but today's Handcar Regatta in Santa Rosa was a circus of moving sculpture and and sea of bizarrely dressed people. I almost felt like I'd fallen into Pepperland. A magical afternoon.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


At every yard sale I go to I keep an eye out for good animal models for my cartooning classes at the Schulz Museum. Today I scored this fabulous array of critters, including an inordinate number of insects (for $2). Hooray!

Monday, August 16, 2010

DJ dog

Warren had a great time co-hosting Berdalee's radio show this evening on KGGV in Guerneville CA. There were tons of dog related songs as well as Warren's canine poetry. To see more visit Warren's blog. Link is to the right.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Who let the dog out?

Warren had the privilege of opening for Teresa Tudury in Jenner at their celebration of preserving their watershed from the clutches of lumberjacks. It was a great community effort and the celebration was an equally great community celebration. In addition to performing with Warren I also designed the poster for the event.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Thinkafeeladoo - Take 2

I've launched a new version of my proposal, limited to the first introductory comic to help kids understand and work with Cognitive Behavior Therapy in their recovery from trauma by helping them understand the relationship between their thoughts, feelings and behavior. Please visit my proposal on and consider making a pledge to help create a new ally for kids who could really use one.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cartoon Safari 2010

I survived yet another Cartoon Safari cartooning class at the Schulz Museum, herding a pack of rascals. This photo pretty much sums up reality in there. It's one of the few classes kids will probably ever take where you can get in trouble for not being silly.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

2001 A Space Oddity

Yard sales are the greatest. I scored these three guys yesterday and now I'm sure Stanley Kubrick is rolling over in his grave. Actually it's almost a family portrait, given that I starred in a space movie and my wife had a TV show where she played the mother of two chimps.

Friday, July 16, 2010


One of my very talented young cartooning students at the Schulz Museum this week seemed to enter a trance when it came time for a comic strip assignment. I kept coming back to glance at his blank paper until I finally saw the horrific fight going on between two polar bears in a snow storm. My excitement drew the other students over to see for themselves. Some of them claimed to only see a blank paper. Not me. I had Dawson title his strip, which he did proudly. It's one of my favorites.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Well trained

Just another morning of canine bliss as Cassie and KT demonstrate the care and handling of the well trained human. After this I think they were scheduled for a mud bath and a facial.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Oil's well that ends well

Recent reports indicate that the rate of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico is the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez spill every four days. As we enter day 67...well, you'll see I did the math.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The old man and the sea and me

This is the entrance to the harbor of the fishing village of Cojiba, just east of Havana. From here Hemingway's old man rowed out to sea and eventually returned. Ever since January's Cuban tour (Snoopy Goes to Cuba) of American cartoonists I have kept an eye out for a copy of The Old Man And The Sea. I found one recently, weeks after the BP oil eruption in the Gulf of Mexico.

As if the images on TV weren't disheartening enough, vicariously rowing out into the Gulf Stream with this old man and spending days at sea took me back to my time as a diver in Miami and the Bahamas. I'd all but forgotten the haunting deep blue of the Gulf Stream and the sparkling turquoise of Bahamian waters. I was jolted back to the day we stopped engines on our dive boat in the middle of the Gulf Stream to deal with a problem en route to the island of Bimini where we had a second dive shop. While drifting silently over the deep dark waters a huge sailfish swam alongside us, his full sail airborne and his large yellow eye taking us in from a mere 20 feet away. I am ashamed to admit that I looked around for a spear gun. In my mind these magnificent creatures only "lived" on the walls of bars and hunting lodges. My first instinct was to kill it. I still shake my head at the memory and am glad I had no weapons at hand.

Meanwhile, the old man, far at sea, reveres that which he intends to kill. He reads the sea, the fish and the birds as we would read a map. He is so connected to that cycle of life and death that he is resigned to either outcome himself. He is nothing if not committed.

Against this backdrop I absorb the daily news of ever increasing disaster as the oil permeates more and more of the Gulf. They predict the currents will draw it towards the Keys and up the East Coast. No one ever mentions Cuba in all this. No one points out that the fishermen of Cojiba may be totally screwed too. Thanks for Ernest I am painfully aware of it. It makes me want to go to La Bodeguita Del Medio in Old Havana and get blindingly drunk on mojitos. At least once. Just for Hemingway's sake.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Gulf oil spill?

Can we please stop referring to this tragic unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico as a spill? If I’m carrying a glass of milk in my hand and I trip, that’s a spill. If a tanker in Alaska ruptures and dumps all its oil in the water that’s a spill. This is an oil hemorrhage of the first order worthy of its own name, as they do with hurricanes. I suggest calling it David for Deepwater Avoidable Volcanic Industrial Disaster.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Remembering Murray


I don't care if it rains or freezes
Coz I got the critter that carried Jesus
Riding on the dashboard of my car

If you're in a hurry, you can pass
I'll just mosey with my favorite ass
Riding on the dashboard of my car

You can fret and you can worry
But I've got a saint who's soft and furry
Riding on the dashboard of my car

He's long gone but I do not fear
Coz in my heart he's always near
Riding on the dashboard of my car

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fundraising now!

I have launched a fund raising campaign in order to create a series of much needed educational cartoon coloring books to help young children in the process of recovering from sexual abuse and other traumas.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Goldman Environment Prize

The antidote to Goldman Sachs is the Goldman Environmental Prize. I just attended the ceremony for the second time and it is always a moving experience to see heroic activists from every corner of the world acknowledged for  their work on behalf of the environment.

Goldman Sachs and pillages

Given recent events in the news it seemed like a good time to dust off this political cartoon I did recently.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Buford's got a blog


Buford just heard about the internet and he's not shy about sharing what's on his mind. Proceed at your own risk. 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Book debut

Karen Drucker, prolific singer/songwriter, just wrote her first book Let Go of the Shore, illustrated by yours truly. It's coming out party was a wonderful concert at Unity of Marin. Karen and her band rocked the house.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Buford's loose!

Just when you thought it was safe to go to YouTube, Buford decides that it's time for his online debut, bringing common back into commentary. You can see for yourself if you have the nerve. Just don't blame me. I've never seen this guy in my life. Don't know him. I swear.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Warren's blog

Warren is stepping out on his own (give or take some rod controls, cleverly removed with Photoshop in the picture above). Nevertheless he does have his very own blog now which you can access using the link in the right hand border. Proceed at your own risk. I'm not entirely sure he's housebroken.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Cujo II

My little buddy KT, an adolescent golden retriever, was having a snarling good time this morning at the dog park play fighting with a young Bernese mountain dog. After I took this picture I thought to myself, "Be afraid. Be very afraid."

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Beware cigar boxes!

Upon our recent return from Cuba (Snoopy Goes To Cuba Tour - 2010) one of us, who shall remain unnamed, attempted to bring three empty cigar boxes into the US in order to store pen and pencils. This grave threat was intercepted by US Customs officials and all three offending boxes were confiscated. I sleep better at night knowing those boxes aren't in the country, don't you? Meanwhile, recent revelations of FBI interrogations of visitors to Cuba got me wondering...then I saw the following article and it all become clear to me.

Monday, March 29, 2010

O'Bannon memorial

Last week there was a memorial as well as a special screening of two of Dan O'Bannon's films at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. It was time to say goodbye to Dan, who died in December at the age of 63, and hello to some friends both old and new. Among them: Dan's son Adam and two classmates from USC Cinema (who I just came to learn served as my body doubles in Dark Star long ago), Bennett Tramer and Nick Castle.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Puppeteers Guild party

Warren and I closed the evening at the the annual Puppeteers Guild party in the SF Bay Area. The evening was filled with amazing performances of all sorts including the hysterical marionettes of Ernie Fosselius. A good time was had by all.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Here are few more examples of murals and sculptures in Muraleando in Cuba where trashed out areas have been transformed by public art.

Detail from bench:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cuba highlights Part 1

I will sprinkle in a few images every day until I can capture a taste of our Snoopy Goes To Cuba tour. We were greeted at the humor publication Palante with an array of welcoming cartoons featuring Schulz characters.

One day we toured a community called Muraleando where they've cleaned up the streets and transformed the area with countless murals and sculptures. One could fill a book with the imagery.

Another day we sat down with Perfecto Romero to see his historic photos of Fidel, Che and Camilo Ceinfuegos from the time of the revolution.

Another day we visited the animation studio of Cuba. This mural contains a montage of their characters. The beauty and quality of their current projects was stunning.

We also toured the enormous cemetery in Havana where I found the tomb of Ibrahim Ferrer of Buena Vista Social Club fame.

Stay tuned for more postings.

Monday, January 25, 2010

More Cuba

Tom Richmond has done a masterful blog account of our Cuba trip. Have a look at

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Thank you Jeannie!

What an amazing adventure. I'd say we crammed one month into a week as the Snoopy Goes To Cuba tour rolled through Havana. Our little squad of American cartoonists visited with Cuban counterparts at newspapers, animation studios and design schools. We dropped in at Hemingway's house but he wasn't home. We even looked for him at all his favorite bars in downtown Havana but he wasn't there either. The Cuban people couldn't have been sweeter, prompting my new expression: "You don't meet people in fall in love with them." The narrow streets of the city are filled with people (as opposed to cars), not to mention music and dancing. I have never felt so safe walking around in dark alleys at midnight. The poverty and deprivation are obvious everywhere but are not enough to dampen their spirits. These photos include Jeannie Schulz and me with old Havana in the background.