Sylvia Archive: Bad Girl At The Podium

Can’t help but relate? Share in a comment.

Monday August 18 2014

Revisiting Maria Kalman

Maria Kalman‘s drawings make my heart beat faster. The color (specifically, the  way she applies the color), the imaginative distortion that makes it all so immediate and meaningful. Thank you, Nicole F., for reminding us of her work and sharing a portrait of the artist herself.

Sylvia Archive: Fashion Cop Inspects

She’s gone through your closet – now what?! Click the comic to find out.

Friday August 15 2014

Late Summer Sun

Afternoon shadows on Fontaine’s hands in my living room.
afternoon shadows

Sylvia Archive: The Patter Of Tiny Feet

Mary Frances still has questions about having children. Click the strip for a larger comic.

Thursday, August 2014

A Trip To The Lego Store

Recently Lego Group has remedied a great gap in their Lego toys: Legos for girls that show girls in careers in science! Up till now their image of girls has been quite narrow: Princesses.

Yesterday I was downtown for a doctor’s appointment. Having come at the wrong time (an hour late, has this ever happened to you?), I decided to use my unexpected freedom to do some on-the-spot reporting. I went in search of the Lego Store at Nordstrom’s. It was no more! I was exposed to the exorbitant prices of women’s clothing, and feeling faint I wondered uptown to Water Tower Place. I had a feeling Lego would have moved to an even more prestigious mall, one that contained an American Girl store. Mothers and Grandmothers were already spending prodigious amounts of money, so why not put more temptation in their way?

My intuition was correct! On the second floor was the Lego store. I approached a friendly looking redhead and asked: Do you have the new science career Legos for girls in stock? Are they popular? She led me to them. She said they were so popular that customers were telephoning the store asking for the set to be reserved. She refused them. They had to come into the store. I have a photo of her here. She’s very adorable. I bought a Lego set and plan to introduce it to my grown up girl friends so we can have a day playing with it. Because we are adults, we may drink alcoholic beverages while putting it together.

Whitney at the Lego Store

Here’s Whitney, an employee of the Lego Store at Water Tower Place, during my visit this week.

photo inside the Lego Store


For a little extra reading, check out:

Sylvia Archive: Eggs, Anyone?

Mary Frances wants to know what women think about giving birth later in life. Tell her in a (women and men) in a comment.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

“Women Should Not Laugh In Public”

So said Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinc in a recent morality speech.

There are two posts here about the powerful laughter of women.
From our Bad Girl Pal Anita who begs us to stop that slutty laughter:

And Connie just sent me a poem of Lisel Mueller’s on the same matter, but with a different perspective than the Minster.

The Laughter Of Women
by Lisel Mueller

The laughter of women sets fire
to the Halls of Injustice
and the false evidence burns
to a beautiful white lightness

It rattles the Chambers of Congress
and forces the windows wide open
so the fatuous speeches can fly out

The laughter of women wipes the mist
from the spectacles of the old;
it infects them with a happy flu
and they laugh as if they were young again

Prisoners  held in underground cells
imagine that they see daylight
when they remember the laughter of women

It runs across water that divides,
and reconciles two unfriendly shores
like flares that signal the news to each other

What a language it is, the laughter of women,
high-flying and subversive.
Long before law and scripture
we heard the laughter, we understood freedom.

Sylvia Archive: Mary Frances’ Last Conception

It may not be Immaculate, but it is priceless. Click the strip for a growing comic.

Tuesdsay August 12 2014

A Brief But Most Perfect Union

Kevin and Michelle’s cats look approvingly at their original Sylvia cartoon. You can have one, too. Come to the Pop-Up show at Union Handmade, open September 19, 20 & 21.


Received two great cartoons in the mail today — thanks so much. Not only do Michelle and I love them but they were quickly cat vetted and approved by Hazel and Stella (Puccini and Lillie were still sleeping), as this photo will attest…



Pop Up Store at Union Handmade