Sylvia Archive: Poor Sports

These Bad Girls chat about clubs and bullying. Join the chat in a comment.

Wednesday Aug 31 2016

Sylvia Archive: Airport Searches

The woman who is easily irritated won’t stand for unnecessary screenings. Search an oversized comic by clicking the strip.

Tuesday Aug 30 2016

Sylvia Archive: Super Charged Mornings

Have any morning rituals that get your day going? Share in a comment.

Monday Aug 29 2016

Sylvia Archive: Caffeinated

And ready to go with the Cats with Signs and Ralph in tow. Click the strip for a larger comic.

Friday Aug 27 2016

Why We Keep Things

Why do you keep some things and throw others away with careless abandon? What separates you from a hoarder? Are you very different from a hoarder, or just a little bit different?

Do you imagine you will give your children and grandchildren items from your life that they will treasure? They might. My friend Margo says no one wears pins any more. Maybe that’s true, but perhaps they will be back in style and then all of the nieces will be in a mad rush to buy just the right pin.

I have been vindicated. For several years now I have been looking for a letter from Marcia Clark, the prosecutor in the infamous OJ case. This is the cartoon I drew.

OJ Simpson strip signed by Marcia Clark
Marcia Clark’s attorney wrote me a note. I knew that I would never throw that note away, but where was it? I’ve been looking for it for least four years. I thought I had sent it along with other letters to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum at Ohio State. I looked over and over in the very same places. It’s amazing to how long I can look for something that I know is not there.

Today I found it in a box full of photos that had nothing to do with OJ. Mainly they were long format color Polaroid photos. Remember those? You had to keep them in special long narrow albums. There were shots of beautiful landscapes in California, almost meaningless photographs of mountains and bodies of water devoid of humans. They can hardly can keep your interest for a long enough to get them in focus and take the shot, let alone drive you to save them in boxes in the closet. But there they were. Did I, after finding that note that I had been looking for ,throw all the other photos away. No. I couldn’t. I threw half of them away. There was no more reason to throw away those than to save the others. When I moved, I hired a guy named Red to thrown stuff away. He had red hair and he was quite large. I loved have him throw my stuff away because there was no waiting between my pointing to the stuff and his guys moving it out of my sight. They were gone after they slid $100 out of my hand and disappeared too soon for regret.

Sylvia Archive: Retirement Funds

Sylvia and Rita have a savings plan. What’s yours?

Thursday Aug 25 2016

Sylvia Archive: Counteracting Actions

Rita, Sylvia and a guru discuss balancing health choices. Join the debate in a comment.

Wednesday Aug 24 2016

New Horizons, New Projects

To my dear Bad Girls. I say this with great regret, but I cannot give the blog the attention it deserves. I am going to take some time off. Write to me if you feel the urge, and I will answer you. Write to me with new ideas, new projects. Maybe you have an idea for a new blog or a new project for me. As many of you know, I have just moved into an apartment with wonderful views of Chicago all around. Toots cannot think of what window to look out of first. It has been overwhelming with some delightful spots.



I gave many things away and sent much Sylvia material to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum at Ohio State—why is there so much left? Does anyone want a drawing from the blog, send me a description and a donation to someone with the initial HRC and I will send it to you. What am I working on? My graphic memoir of my childhood on the west side of Chicago in the courtyard of a yellow brick building where everyone knew everything about everyone else. I had no idea others did not live in that intimate way with their neighbors. After WW2 people had more money and decided they had to live in suburban housing, too boring, but they left and left our neighborhood without enough people to support the small businesses that gave it flavor. No more instructions from our mothers to buy wonder bread we had access to flavorful breads, Italian and Jewish, but wonder bread was the bread of choice.

I’m also working on a story about Harriet with Amazing hair.And also a children’s book about a girl who woke up to find her appearance drastically changed. For the better? She was perfect and then she became more perfect. I started this book because I noticed that a downtown hotel was offering a very cheap rate for 4 days. I went, wrote, drew and put the book away. Recently I’ve taken it out again and my agent is interested. So I’m working on it.


All of this is to apologize for not keeping up with the blog and putting the burden on Deanna. Deanna and I are talking about Facebook. I’m thinking of using Facebook (other people, like my friend Sharon do a good job with it, possibly I can, too) to substitute for Bad Girl Chats. Let me know what you think. Love, Toots and Nicole

Sylvia Archive: Before Inventions

What did we do before devices? Imagine away in a comment.

Tuesday Aug 23 2016

From Miss Universe To Ms. Vote

Donald Trump has lost yet another vote – the vote of newly naturalized citizen, Alicia Machado. She happens to also be a former Miss Universe that he later shamed and name-called. Well done, Trump. And congratulations, Ms. Machado!