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I love observing life and drawing comics about what I see. I’ve been drawing and reading comics since I was a kid. I especially like comics about real experiences. Everyone’s different, but we all share thoughts and feelings in common. I enjoy reading about people who are unlike me, who live in faraway places or who have different lives, so I can see the ways we’re alike. Comics are a way of understanding each other.

I’m drawn to slice-of-life, both as a reader and as an artist, because it creates a real connection between my experience and someone else’s. Here are some comics that give my take on everyday life and relationships. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed making them.

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This selection of short comics is about my relationship with Mel—she keeps me real! I included many of my favorites. Some of these memories still make me smile, and all of them were fun to draw.

Sometimes I draw just to share something I think is funny. That’s why I like drawing comics about Mel. She’s sharp and has a great sense of humor, and she’s not afraid to tell it like it is. When I read these comics, I smile to myself, because I remember how I felt when she said these things.

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Food!

Food!

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I swear, just once I'd like him to tell me if he's in the mood for pasta or a stir-fry or whatever else and not make me decide. Just once.

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A short four-panel comic is the perfect form for a fun commentary on relationships and life. Sometimes, I’ll do two or three comics in a row to make a longer story. Other times, each one stands alone like a little poem.

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Uphill And Downhill On A Tandem

Uphill And Downhill On A Tandem

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ShoShie
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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just trying to catch his breath and a breeze while going downhill... after the longest uphill in the world.

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View From The Back Of A Tandem

View From The Back Of A Tandem

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ShoShie
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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I came face to face with a mountain lion while walking my dog up in Oregon... My brain screamed at me bear, no, CAAAAT. And I slowly backed away with my doggo. Whew, close call!

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Sometimes ideas come to me at the strangest times: on a walk, in the middle of the night, or when I’m at work. If something makes me laugh or think, I know it’s something I want to share with other people. That’s why I take my drawing pad everywhere I go.

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So Many Stories

So Many Stories

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My slice-of-life comics start out as sketches. I use a mechanical pencil to rough out my thoughts on a situation, sometimes while things are still happening. If there’s time, I might even start inking right then.

At one time, I had the idea of doing comics journalism, trying to draw comics in real time while events were happening. But it was challenging. First, it is very difficult to draw that fast. Second, it makes it hard to be present with whatever is going on. When I’m hanging out with friends, I just want to be with my friends instead of staying by myself and drawing. These days, instead of trying to draw things as they happen, I just jot down a few notes so I don’t forget what I noticed.

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I draw comics to help me remember and share how something made me feel. Most of the time, they’re about happy things, but I also share things that made me angry, sad and a rainbow of other emotions. I try to be honest and share my true self so I can connect with my readers through shared experiences.

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Good Spaghetti

Good Spaghetti

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My dad thinks he's makes amazing marinara but really, he just makes very salty marinara 😬

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How's The Back?

How's The Back?

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I did this for my wife once. Just as I was about to cut (her longish hair), she reached back to show me what she wanted and I cut her arm. 40 years later and she still has the scar. 8-(

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The nice thing about drawing short comic strips about life is the opportunity to notice things even if they’re small. Something tiny but relatable can be very interesting. I think about things that are even smaller, that I haven’t drawn comics about yet—like the sound a paper cup makes, or the feeling of the second sip of a cup of coffee in the morning. There are always things to observe and share about the world, and I hope some of these things will resonate with you.

Thanks for reading these comics! I hope you find them relatable. Please take the time to let me know what you think, and check out my Instagram for more!

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Why I Don't Play Cards With Mel Anymore

Why I Don't Play Cards With Mel Anymore

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I heard a father admonish his daughter this tuesday, while waiting for the train. He tried to explain to her, that if she changed the rules all the time in order to win, people would stop playing with her. I think Mel need to hear that.

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Mel Thinks I Don't Like Tomatoes

Mel Thinks I Don't Like Tomatoes

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't think for your SO. They are able to think for themselves. They picked you after all. 😉

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