February 19, 2020

“Are you leaving us?”

(I think Jack was just hinting that he’d like his hat & jacket returned before Minerva leaves!)

February 12, 2020

“Welcomes all around”

I guess introductions are still the order of the day!

February 5, 2020

“Believe your eyes!”

I’m not crying. You’re crying…

January 29, 2020

“Let’s hope this trick works…”

A tip of the hat to Watusi jam comic contributor Keith O’Brien, who got me thinking about this kind of reunion for our foursome with a comment he made quite some time ago. Thanks, Keith!

January 22, 2020

“Rushing to conclusions?”

I guess having really good hearing could be a problem ….

January 15, 2020

“Reunited”

… and it feels so good!

January 8, 2020

“Gathering in the great hall”

Don’t worry … we’ll catch up with Jack Pumpkinhead next episode!

January 1, 2020

“New friends”

Happy new year, and welcome back to Oz! As I mentioned last week, My Baum-length epic is entering its final phase, but don’t worry– there are more surprises to come on the way to its conclusion…

December 25, 2019

“Greetings from Winkie Country”

Another year, another “Watusi in Oz”-themed holiday piece! As many of you know, at the end of every year I send out a holiday piece to friends and family who have had an impact on my life that year, but as my audience has grown to include readers (via my website, FB, Twitter, & Instagram) I don’t know personally, I wanted to share the joy with my “virtual” friends as well. Thanks for taking the time to follow Watusi’s adventures every week. It’s much appreciated!

This year’s piece gives a peek at some of the adventure that occurred here in 2019. My Baum-length epic is entering its final phase (new episodes every Wednesday); I’d love to hear what you think about it, especially if you’re a fan of the original Oz books!

Besides this comic’s weekly presence in my schedule, I published seven other comics (including a collaboration with my friend Tom Cherry), helped kick off the Mid-South Cartoonist Association’s new ongoing comic series, made a dozen new prints, seven new paintings, and shared a gallery show with my friend Julie Nouwen. All in all, it was my most successful year as an artist yet, and I’m glad that comics can continue to be a part of my working life.

I hope you all have a happy start to your 2020! See you back here next week as we return to Winkie Country & “Watusi in Oz”!

December 18, 2019

“The barking contest (Summary judgment)”

This week’s comic is from Watusi #23 (Aug. 2007), part of a two-part double-blind experiment where I finished a batch of jam comics for #22 & Tom Cherry did the same for #23, both unaware of how the other was finishing them. The paired strips turned out to showcase the contrast in our styles which, while compatible, are very different. I tended to have overly-wordy solutions, while Tom’s were direct and punchy (and IMO, funnier)! You can see my take on this strip by scrolling down to last week’s episode, but if you want to see more of our contrasting styles playing well together, I recommend getting a copy of our new comic from 2019, Double Dip #2. It’s still my favorite single issue of all the comics I’ve published…

About the contributors: Dan Lauer is one of my APA-5 compatriots from back in the day; I love his mix of cartoony & action-packed artwork. Keith O’Brien makes wonderful postcard comics and blogs about life in Forbidden Falls, Maine. Even though Tom Cherry is a writer & actor appearing on stage, screen, & radio, he still finds time to be a cartoonist. And the world is a better place because of it!

(“Watusi in Oz” resumes in just two weeks– Wednesday, January 1, 2020!)