Sylvia’s Yard Sale: Today And Tomorrow

Don’t miss out on color Sunday strips, the raffle for a fabulous Sylvia doll and other treats.

The yard sale is open on Saturday, June 4, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, and on Sunday, June 5, from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, at Avram Eisen Gallery, 5204 N. Damen, Chicago, IL.

Sylvia’s Yard Sale

The yard may not be for sale, but hand colored Sunday strips are!

Come visit Sylvia at the yard sale on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, at Avram Eisen Gallery, 5204 N. Damen, Chicago, IL. Event begins at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

It Always Rains On Memorial Day

If it doesn’t rain this year, that’s proof of either climate change or the end of the world. Take your pick.

Sylvia’s Yard Sale

Now’s your chance to get your own Sunday color strip of Sylvia. Stop by and say hi!

Come visit Sylvia and the cats with signs at the yard sale on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, at Avram Eisen Gallery, 5204 N. Damen, Chicago, IL. Event begins at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Sylvia’s Having A Yard Sale

Ever wanted to own a Sunday color strip of Sylvia? You’re in luck!


Come visit Sylvia and the cats with signs at the yard sale on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, at Avram Eisen Gallery, 5204 N. Damen, Chicago, IL. Event begins at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Syl Does It for Love Because There Ain’t No Other Way

I knew the axe would fall. Occasionally I would glance up and there it was, hanging by a thread. I’d spent a year finding a website strategist and then months fiddling with the design (thanks, Matt and Tom). I knew that Sylvia needed an online presence, but we had all the time in the world.

Suddenly, the Chicago Tribune dropped Sylvia. I focused as well as I could with a hatchet protruding from my head. (Okay, I’ll stop using that metaphor.) The result is badgirlchats.com.

Sylvia is still in syndication, appearing in other papers around the country, which is why I’m able to put up new cartoons every day. I do it, however, for half of what I earned when Sylvia appeared in the Tribune.

Facing an acute need to replace this lost income, I thought I would tap my longstanding desire to write essays on subjects I felt passionate about or silly events that caught my fancy. Placing these essays on a blog, I believed, would create a new revenue stream, quickly swelling to restore what had dried up. This is an example of Magical Thinking.

Recently one of Bad Girl’s fans asked if we always suggest clicking on the day’s comic to make it bigger because every click makes money. Oh… if only.  I explained that we suggest enlarging the view because two friends wrote in, confessing that the print in the cartoons was too tiny for them to read and they could never find their glasses in the morning.

As I’ve worked on the blog, I’ve found new directions to take. I interviewed several talented young women cartoonists and ran their cartoons. Showing the work of young women cartoonists will be an ongoing part of BadGirls, so do send me your work.

I’m also interested in other kinds of storytelling and other voices; several of these have already appeared as guest bloggers. I have been featuring essays by writers I admire on the subject, “Long Dinners,” about sharing with others a meal that turns out to be revelatory, amusing or devastating.

Yet the need to face financial facts remains. Consequently, we will soon be experimenting with Google ad sense (non-intrusive print ads) as a way to offset some of our expenses. Truth be told, we blog for love. Love and money would be perfect, but that is not the case at the moment. The love is abundant; my tech wizard and my editor adore me, but I still have to pay them. Right now, the only income BadGirls generates is an occasional order for a signed cartoon copy.

But hey! Wipe that tear from your eye! If you’ve got a great monetizing idea, send it to me. Anything will be considered except starting a troupe of trained cats.

Thanks,

Nicole and Sylvia

BadGirlChats in the formative years…

Nicole at age 10

Sylvia at age 10, with her 23-year-old cat

Susan Figliulo, Nicole's longtime editor

Alicia, the tech wizard & web strategist

Don’t Forget Your Four Legged Sweetie on Valentine’s Day!

Remember your four-legged sweeties on Valentines day with a donation to your favorite animal shelter: Tree House Humane Society, Harmony House or PAWS Chicago. Purchase  a cartoon to hang in  your 4-legged pal’s dining area. Visit Edgycat.com to make your selection.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love Sylvia

Sylvia’s Favorite Books

SYLVIA: Why didn’t you ask me for a list of my favorite books?





NICOLE: I’m terribly sorry. I thought you watched television and felt no need for other types of intellectual stimulation.


SYLVIA: It’s true I get everything I need from television. Do you have a pen? Here’s my list. Mystery (Inspector Lewis, Sargent Hathaway, the new Sherlock Holmes) International Mystery: Wallender in English, Wallender in Swedish. The Mentalist,  Justified, The Good Wife, Big Love, and I wait with baited breath (that sounds odd, as if I’m trying to catch a fish) for the return of Nurse Jackie, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and Weeds.

Have I left anything out? Oh, I like the new Masterpiece Classic: Downtown Abbey and I like Shameless and 30 Rock and Community and I’m going to work on liking The Office and Parks and Recreation, but I do not like Modern Family. I understand that is a favorite program of Republicans…. I knew that instinctively.


NICOLE: Do you have just one favorite book?


SYLVIA: Remembrance of Things Past…just pulling your leg. Speaking of women and literature, however, Nicole found an article on Salon.com by Senior Writer Laura Miller called “Literature’s gender gap.” It suggests that women underrepresented in the literary world because men don’t care what they write about. Is this true? Click HERE to read the full article on Salon.com. Tell Nicole your comments…I hear she likes to read them on the blog. I, however, am too busy watching television.

Click on this comic to make it bigger!

Click on the comic to make it bigger!

BadGirlChats: Nicole Goes on Vacation and Misses the Great Chicago Blizzard!

Nicole’s been vacationing in an undisclosed location. She’s currently on a plane rushing back to Chicago, filled with guilt and regret because she missed the blizzard.

SYLVIA: Nicole, don’t worry there’s still snow on the ground and snow showers are forecast for Monday. Perhaps you won’t be able to land and will keep circling until spring. In the meantime here’s an airplane joke from the time machine to amuse you.

Sylvia: Now, aren’t you glad the airlines stopped serving meals?

(please, click on the comic to see it bigger! Love, Syl)

Sylvia Needs Smart Volunteers for Research on Women Cartoonists

"A Century of Women Cartoonists" by Trina Robbins

I idly mentioned to my friend Alicia the other day that the number of women cartoonists—seven—in the StatiCCreep Exhibition of Sequential Art at Las Manos Gallery exceeded the number of syndicated women cartoonists at some number too vast for me to calculate. She said something like “You lie!” or “Prove it you irredeemable feminist!”

So I call on you, men and women readers to open the pages of your local paper tomorrow and count the number of women cartoonists and send me their names and the names of their strips. If you have excess energy please compare the number of male characters, including animals. (If you’re a guy, you tend to default to male characters. It’s only natural.)

Okay! Will you take it on? Thank you! Love, Nicole and Sylvia